di·​rect·​ed də-ˈrek-təd How to pronounce directed (audio)
: subject to supervision or regulation
a directed reading program for students
: having a positive or negative sense
directed line segment
directedness noun

Examples of directed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two days later, however, UCLA declared the encampment unlawful and directed campus members to leave or face discipline. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 The actor, who co-wrote, directed and stars in the new film Poolman, has been taking classes for the last two and a half years. Julie Jordan, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 Absent a directed, sustained, and articulated policy of no daylight between the United States and Israel, the rift between America and her ally will widen and the world will grow more dangerous. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 30 Mar. 2024 The study suggested various sound mitigation efforts to address the excessive noise, including design improvements with speakers at Franklin Field and a directed sound system at the Umbrella Bar. Journal Sentinel, 7 Mar. 2024 Expand training requirements so all caregivers working at directed care facilities must receive an initial eight hours of dementia care training — double the current minimum — and four more hours every year. Sahana Jayaraman, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2024 Also starring Dakota Fanning as Marge Sherwood and Johnnie Flynn as Dickie Greenleaf, this eight-episode limited series about Patricia Highsmith’s obsessive grifter is written, directed and executive-produced by Steve Zaillian. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Mancuso wrote, directed and stars in Música, and Mendes confessed that she was also drawn to him because of his leadership skills. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Mancuso co-wrote, directed and stars in the romantic-comedy feature from Amazon MGM Studios that is loosely based on his real life. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of directed was in 1891

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“Directed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: proceeding or measured in a direction marked as positive or negative
a directed line segment
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