di·​rect·​ed | \ də-ˈrek-təd How to pronounce directed (audio) , dī- \

Definition of directed

1 : subject to supervision or regulation a directed reading program for students
2 : having a positive or negative sense directed line segment

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Other Words from directed

directedness noun

Examples of directed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the leader declined to comment on the Kano case and directed questions to the northern state’s governor, who did not immediately respond. Washington Post, "A Nigerian boy was sentenced to 10 years for blasphemy. Then people started offering to serve part of it.," 28 Sep. 2020 The Tempe Police Department declined to comment and directed inquiries to the NTSB. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: No evidence that BLM protest, Arizona train derailment are related," 16 Aug. 2020 The American College of Physicians strongly rebutted Goldfarb’s essay and directed detractors to its public health policy statements. Sarah Matathia, Scientific American, "Medical Education Needs Rethinking," 27 Aug. 2020 Lilly Wachowski, who co-directed and co-wrote the original films with sibling Lana, won't be back in the director's seat for this outing. Nick Romano,, "Laurence Fishburne says he won't be back for The Matrix 4: 'I have not been invited'," 18 Aug. 2020 Black Is King is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, and was written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Beyonce’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Returns to Top 10 on Billboard 200 After ‘Black Is King’ Premiere," 9 Aug. 2020 As people continued to throw glass bottles and other objects, Portland police declared that the assembly blocking East Burnside was unlawful and directed people to disperse. Fox News, "Portland sees 150-round shooting at apartment building, as crowds continue violent clashes with police," 3 Aug. 2020 Police stated that protesters threw glass bottles and directed lasers at officers. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 2 Aug. 2020 Students returning to school for in-person instruction will have education on hand-washing, covering coughs, physical distancing and more directed movement. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three school districts are planning in-person instruction with safety measures when classes resume," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of directed

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of directed was in 1891

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11 Oct 2020

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“Directed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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