[dih-rek-tid, dahy-]
  1. guided, regulated, or managed: a carefully directed program.
  2. subject to direction, guidance, regulation, etc.
  3. Mathematics. (of an angle or vector) having positive or negative direction or orientation assigned.

Origin of directed

First recorded in 1530–40; direct + -ed2
Related formsdi·rect·ed·ness, nouno·ver·di·rect·ed, adjectiveself-di·rect·ed, adjectivewell-di·rect·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for self-directed

Historical Examples of self-directed

  • His work, moreover, is not self-directed, for it has no inward spring.

  • Doubtless some men have not brains enough in a week to supply them for one hour a day of self-directed work.


    Gerald Stanley Lee

  • The young gentleman was in, and without delay appeared to the beautiful lady's self-directed and appointed ambassadress.

  • These occasions mark the evolution of Southern thought and industry, and the result of the self-directed energy of the negro.

  • His attempt to laugh, indeed, sounded a little hollow, but that is the habit of self-directed merriment.

    Miss Mapp

    Edward Frederic Benson

British Dictionary definitions for self-directed


  1. (of study, learning, etc) regulated or conducted by oneself


  1. maths (of a number, line, or angle) having either a positive or negative sign to distinguish measurement in one direction or orientation from that in the opposite direction or orientation
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