directed

adjective

di·​rect·​ed də-ˈrek-təd How to pronounce directed (audio)
dī-
1
: subject to supervision or regulation
a directed reading program for students
2
: having a positive or negative sense
directed line segment
directedness noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web A few weeks later, The Super 8 Years, a documentary written by Ernaux and co-directed with her son, was released. Town & Country, 12 Jan. 2023 The students, calling for a democratization of the church, directed venom at Father Ratzinger himself. Rachel Donadio, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2022 Under a new, restrictive constitution, what was a multiparty parliament that drafted laws and directed policy is becoming a ceremonial chamber with little legislative powers, subservient to the president. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Dec. 2022 Reichert, who co-directed Union Maids, about three female workers in conflict with corporations in the 1930s, died Dec. 1. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Dec. 2022 Johnson had been with the department for four years and was assigned to the directed response unit at the time of his arrest. Dallas News, 3 May 2022 The Tennessee Valley Authority, which provides electricity to 10 million people in Tennessee and parts of six surrounding states, directed local power companies to implement planned interruptions but ended the measure by Saturday afternoon. Arkansas Online, 25 Dec. 2022 The Tennessee Valley Authority, which provides electricity to 10 million people in Tennessee and parts of six surrounding states, directed local power companies to implement planned interruptions but ended the measure by Saturday afternoon. CBS News, 24 Dec. 2022 The Tennessee Valley Authority, which provides electricity to 10 million people in Tennessee and parts of six surrounding states, directed local power companies to implement planned interruptions but ended the measure by Saturday afternoon. Jake Bleiberg, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Dec. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Directed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/directed. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

directed

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