verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- (of a proportion) containing terms of which an increase (or decrease) in one results in an increase (or decrease) in another: a term is said to be in direct proportion to another term if one increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases).
- (of a function) the function itself, in contrast to its inverse.Compare inverse(def 2).
Words nearby direct
Origin of direct
OTHER WORDS FROM direct
synonym study for direct
Examples from the Web for directing
“Playing Asteroids is a little like directing a television show,” Fisher has told me.
When we did The Office, I was just so happy that we were writing something, directing something, and getting it made.Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’|Marlow Stern|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What were the biggest hiccups while directing your first feature?Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre|Marlow Stern|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
By 2010, Hunter was directing a well received revival of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts at Access Theatre on Broadway.
I found, much to my surprise, that writing a novel was much more like directing.David Cronenberg: Why Frustrated Novelists Hate the Screenplay|Craig Hubert|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Government 077is that power which one part of speech has over another, in directing its mood, tense, or case.The Comic English Grammar|Percival Leigh
Here Carlos rode to the front, and, directing Antonio to guide the others straight across the table-land, remained himself behind.The White Chief|Mayne Reid
He was everywhere to be found, encouraging, directing, animating.A Week at Waterloo in 1815|Magdalene De Lancey
Quannah was directing everything while he stood near his tepee, a short distance from Songbird and Star.Star|Forrestine C. Hooker
He at the same time handed to the musician a collection of legends, directing his attention in particular to Apel's Freischtz.History of the Opera from its Origin in Italy to the present Time|Henry Sutherland Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for directing
verb (mainly tr)
- to conduct (a piece of music or musicians), usually while performing oneself
- another word (esp US) for conduct (def. 9)
- of or relating to direct current
- (of a secondary induced current) having the same direction as the primary current
- (of motion) in the same directionSee motion (def. 9)
- (of an interval or chord) in root position; not inverted