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direct (performing arts)

Definition:

to guide the actors in (plays and films)

Class:

creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Related to:

director

Past tense:

directed

Present participle:

directing

3rd-person singular present:

directs

Type of:

make

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

stage-direct

Usage example:

They direct the movie.

Etymology:

[verb] "to write (to someone), to address", from Latin directus ... |...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of direct...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

direct | conduct [sense-specific] | motion [sense-specific, synonym] | straightforward [synonym, sense-specific] | uninterrupted [synonym, sense-specific] | straight [synonym, sense-specific] | immediate [synonym, sense-specific] | frank [synonym, sense-specific] | precise [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to regulate, conduct, or control the affairs of | [intransitive] to give commands or orders with authority to (a person or group) | to tell or show ... (25 of 877 words, 24 definitions, 19 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

direct

to manage or guide by advice, helpful information, instruction, etc.. | to regulate the course of; control. | to administer; manage; supervise. | to ... (21 of 510 words, 28 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/direct

Oxford Dictionary:

direct | direct something at/to | direct something at | frank [synonym, sense-specific] | directness [derived]

extending or moving from one place to another without changing direction or stopping | [astronomy, astrology] : (of apparent planetary motion) ... (20 of 490 words, 24 definitions, 23 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/direct

Merriam-Webster:

direct [entry 1, verb] | canalize [synonym, sense-specific] | channelize [synonym, sense-specific] | conduct [synonym, sense-specific] | channel [synonym, sense-specific] | funnel [synonym, sense-specific] | pipe [synonym, sense-specific] | siphon [synonym, sense-specific] | mind [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

[obsolete] to write (a letter) to a person ; to mark with the name and ... | to regulate the activities or course of ; to carry out the organizing, ... (29 of 353 words, 8 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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direct [entry 2, adjective] | natural [synonym, sense-specific] | lineal [synonym, sense-specific] | straight [synonym, sense-specific] | straightforward [synonym, sense-specific] | firsthand [synonym, sense-specific] | immediate [synonym, sense-specific] | primary [synonym, sense-specific] | unmediated [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

having or being motion in the general planetary direction from west to east; not retrograde | stemming immediately from a source ; being or passing in ... (25 of 298 words, 7 definitions, 10 usage examples)

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direct [entry 3, adverb] | dead [synonym] | directly [synonym] | due [synonym] | plumb [synonym] | plump [synonym] | right [synonym] | straight [synonym] | straightway [synonym]

in a direct way: as ; from point to point without deviation; by the shortest way ; from the source without interruption or diversion ; without an ... (27 of 107 words, 4 usage examples)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

direct | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present]

To manage or conduct the affairs of; regulate. | To have or take charge of; control. | To give authoritative instructions to | To cause to move toward ... (25 of 314 words, 23 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

direct | directness [noun, related]

by the shortest way, without turning or stopping; not roundabout; not interrupted; straight | honest and to the point; straightforward; frank | with ... (21 of 272 words, 20 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

direct

going straight to a place and not stopping or changing direction on the way there | [usually before noun] involving only the two people or things ... (25 of 255 words, 6 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/direct

direct [transitive, verb] | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present]

to aim something at a particular person or thing | to control or organize how a person or group of people does something | [formal] to give someone ... (26 of 237 words, 5 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciations)

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direct [adverb]

going straight to a place and not stopping or changing direction on the way there | in a way that involves only the two people or things mentioned, ... (27 of 81 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wikipedia:

Direct [disambiguation]

may refer to: Direct current, a direct flow of electricity | Direct examination, the in-trial questioning of a witness by the party who has called him or her to testify | Direct sum of modules, a construction in abstract algebra which combines several ... (41 of 202 words, 19 definitions)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

direct [entry 1] | direct light/heat | direct light | direct heat | direct relation/relative/descendant | direct relation | direct relative | direct descendant | directness [noun, derived]

going in a straight line towards somewhere or someone without stopping or changing direction | without anyone or anything else being involved or ... (22 of 141 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

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direct [entry 2]

complete (1 of 21 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/direct 2

direct [entry 3] | directness [noun, derived]

describes someone who says what they think in a very honest way without worrying about other people's opinions (18 of 38 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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direct [entry 4]

to control or be in charge of an activity, organization, etc. | to be in charge of a film or play and tell the actors how to play their parts (29 of 69 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples)

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direct [entry 5]

to aim in a particular direction (6 of 30 words, 2 usage examples)

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direct [entry 6]

to tell someone how to get somewhere (7 of 34 words, 2 usage examples)

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direct [entry 7, formal]

to order someone, especially officially (5 of 23 words, 1 usage example)

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direct [entry 8]

without having to stop or change direction | without anything or anyone else being involved or in between (17 of 41 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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Wiktionary:

direct | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present] | indirect [antonym, sense-specific] | Directly [synonym, sense-specific]

Straight, constant, without interruption. | Directly. | To manage, control, steer. | To aim (something) at (something else). (15 of 39 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/direct

Britannica Encyclopedia:

directing [art]

the craft of controlling the evolution of a performance out of material composed or assembled by an author. The performance may be live, as in a ... (26 of 1391 words)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

directing

the art of leading dramatic performances on the stage or in films. The modern theatrical director is in complete charge of all the artistic aspects of ... (26 of 142 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

direct | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present]

to organize and control the work of an organization or a group of people | to tell somebody to do something (formal) | to focus attention or ... (25 of 484 words, 21 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604882​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

direct

First use: late 14th century

Origin: [verb] "to write (to someone), to address", from Latin directus ... | [adjective] from Latin directus "straight", past participle of ... (22 of 81 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

direct | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English directen, from Latin dīrigere, dīrēct-, to give direction to: dī-, dis-, apart; see ... (15 of 24 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

direct

Origin: Middle English from Latin directus, past participle of dirigere, to lay straight, direct from di-, apart, from + regere, ... (19 of 24 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

direct | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin dīrectus, perfect passive participle of dīrigō ("straighten, direct"), from dis- ("asunder, in pieces, apart, in two") + regō ("make straight, rule").

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Oxford Dictionary:

direct | direct something at/to | direct something at

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin directus, past participle of dirigere, from di- "distinctly" or de- "down" + regere "put straight"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/direct

Collins Dictionary:

direct

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin dīrectus; from dīrigere to guide, from dis- apart + regere to rule

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/direct

Merriam-Webster:

direct [entry 1, verb]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French directer, from Latin directus straight, from past participle of dirigere to direct

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/direct

direct [entry 2, adjective]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin directus

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Encarta Dictionary:

direct | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin directus, past participle of dirigere "set straight, guide"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604882​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

direct | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present]

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Collins Dictionary:

direct

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

direct

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direct [transitive, verb] | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present]

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direct [adverb]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

direct [adjective]

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direct [transitive, verb] | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present]

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direct [adverb]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

direct [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "direct"

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the Free Dictionary:

direct

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Google Dictionary:

direct | directed [past tense] | directing [present participle] | directs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "direct"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

direct

Audio: North American pronunciation of "direct"

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YourDictionary Audio:

direct

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freedictionary.org:

direct

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