[dih-rek-tid, dahy-]


guided, regulated, or managed: a carefully directed program.
subject to direction, guidance, regulation, etc.
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. 2019

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



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



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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