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verb [transitive] direct pronunciation in British English /dɪˈrekt/ direct pronunciation in British English /daɪˈrekt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydirect
he/she/itdirects
present participledirecting
past tensedirected
past participledirected
  1. 1
    to aim something at a particular person or thing
    direct something at/to/towards/into/against etc someone/something:

    The incident directed public attention to pollution in the North Sea.

    Our efforts are primarily directed towards helping children who live in poverty.

    All of his energy was directed into his art.

    increasing levels of violence directed against people and property

    At the time, all the criticism was directed at her rather than me.

  2. 2
    to control or organize how a person or group of people does something

    The manager's job is mainly to direct the activities of others.

    With the help of advisers, the President will direct military operations.

  3. 3
    formal to give someone instructions to do something

    Take the pills as directed by your doctor.

    The jury was directed to disregard everything Robinson had said.

    direct (that):

    The judge directed they should be found not guilty.

  4. 5
    to tell or show someone the way to a place or where to go by giving them instructions or by pointing

    A policeman was injured while directing traffic.

    direct someone to something:

    Could you direct me to the bus station?

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