conduct implies taking responsibility for the acts and achievements of a group.
manage implies direct handling and manipulating or maneuvering toward a desired result.
manages a meat market
control implies a regulating or restraining in order to keep within bounds or on a course.
controlling his appetite
direct implies constant guiding and regulating so as to achieve smooth operation.
directs the store's day-to-day business
Examples of direct in a Sentence
Be sure that the water nozzle is directed downward.
The sloping ground helps direct water away from the home.
Let me direct your attention to the book's second chapter.
We were asked to direct our thoughts and prayers to the people who survived the disaster.
The students directed their efforts toward improving their community.
A lot of the criticism has been directed toward the concert's organizers.
He is responsible for directing the activities of the sales team.
In my current position, I direct a staff of over 200 employees.
We need someone to direct traffic. Adjective
I found a more direct route to the city.
That way is more direct.
Keep these plants out of direct sunlight.
The coastline was exposed to the direct force of the hurricane.
The weather had a direct effect on our plans.
There's a direct connection between the two events.
The investigation began in direct response to the newspaper story. Adverb
It costs less if you buy it direct from the manufacturer.
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Recent Examples on the Web
Rehearsals for the play, written by Kate Trefry and directed by Stephen Daldry with co-director Justin Martin, are underway.—Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Sep. 2023 The series is produced by Goldie Behl’s Rose Audio Visuals and directed by Rohan Sippy.—Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 20 Sep. 2023 Years after that movie's release, Reitman, whose late father Ivan directed the original two 1980s Ghostbusters films, released Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021), which ignored what Feig's film established in the franchise.—Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2023 Barrasso pointed to the December 2018 shutdown as a precedent, when then-acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt directed the agency to tap into the fees to keep national parks running.—Nancy Vu, Washington Examiner, 20 Sep. 2023 It was written and directed by Brock Heasley for producer Ken Carpenter’s Nook Lane Entertainment, which is based in Franklin, Tennessee.—Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, 20 Sep. 2023 It was filmed at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in December 1983, and was directed by future Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme, who died in 2017.—Rob Tannenbaum, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 The suit claims Google Maps directed Paxson to cross Snow Creek Bridge, which had collapsed in 2013.—Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 20 Sep. 2023 Although billed as a developmental production, this fully staged musical is already well worth seeing at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, where Grace Dolezal-Ng directs a charming, all-Asian American cast.—Emily McClanathan, Chicago Tribune, 19 Sep. 2023
Now, however, the fleet of surveillance ships and maze of undersea sensor cables are being modernized, three people with direct knowledge of the effort told Reuters.—Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 21 Sep. 2023 According to the International Energy Agency, there are now 27 direct air capture plants and at least 130 more in development worldwide.—Lauren Oster, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Sep. 2023 Its technology has allegedly been used to detain migrants in the US and direct drone strikes in Afghanistan.—WIRED, 21 Sep. 2023 Foreign direct investment plunged 87 percent from April through June, compared with the same months last year, according to Nomura, a Japanese bank.—Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Trump, for his part, draws more direct support as motivation.—Anthony Salvanto, CBS News, 17 Sep. 2023 She was asked a very direct question about Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate.—ABC News, 17 Sep. 2023 The Justice Department is also drawing direct parallels to the Microsoft antitrust case but in a complicated way.—Adi Robertson, The Verge, 15 Sep. 2023 As the direct messages could include communication between Trump and his Cabinet, they could be protected.—Jenny Goldsberry, Washington Examiner, 15 Sep. 2023
Air New Zealand also flies direct from Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Honolulu.—Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 6 Aug. 2023 The independent film — released direct to DVD in 2013 — featured a cat that could talk to people … but only once to each person.—Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 Your 6th House of Daily Work is coming into focus, thanks to Venus turning direct after retrograding through this part of your chart for the last six weeks.—Tarot Astrologers, Chicago Tribune, 3 Sep. 2023 The planet of communication, travel, and technology is stationing direct on the 15th and thus freeing you.—Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Sep. 2023 The route will mark the first time Delta has flown direct from Miami to the capital of Nassau, the tourism board noted.—Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 31 Aug. 2023 Delta also announced that passengers will soon be able to fly direct between Austin and Orlando.—Michael Cappetta, Travel + Leisure, 12 July 2023 United Airlines will become the first United States carrier to fly direct to Manila in the Philippines from the continental U.S. when the carrier launches flights there in October.—Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 18 July 2023 Good strategies to avoid travel meltdowns include: booking the first flight of the day; traveling on a Tuesday or Wednesday; and flying direct.—Sarah Rappaport, Fortune, 10 July 2023 See More
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Verb and Adverb
Middle English, from Anglo-French directer, from Latin directus straight, from past participle of dirigere to direct — more at dress