[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 well-directed

Contemporary Examples of well-directed

Historical Examples of well-directed

  • It explodes our humanitarian theories by a series of well-directed mines.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • Suddenly the coppice blazed, a well-directed and fatal volley.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • It was Georgi, who had saved my life by a well-directed shot.

  • Some fall at once to the first well-directed shot; others die hard.

    Black Ivory

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Nothing is denied to well-directed labour: nothing is to be obtained without it.

British Dictionary definitions for well-directed


  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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