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direct

verb
 
 
/dɪˈrekt, daɪˈrekt/
FILM/PLAY [T] B1 to tell the actors in a film or play what to do: a film directed by Alfred HitchcockCinema - general wordsProduction, direction and recording
direct sth against/at/towards, etc sb/sth to aim something at someone or something: The demonstrators' anger was directed at the police.Aiming and aimHandguns and rifles
ROUTE [T] B1 to show or tell someone how to get to a place: Can you direct me to the manager's office please?Taking someone somewhere or telling them the way
ORGANIZE [T] to organize and control the way something is done: He directed the building of the new art gallery.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trappingControlling and being in chargeManaging and organizingGiving orders and commands
direct sb to do sth formal to officially order someone to do something: They directed us not to discuss the matter.Giving orders and commands
(Definition of direct verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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