over·​di·​rect | \ ˌō-vər-də-ˈrekt How to pronounce overdirect (audio) , -dī- \
overdirected; overdirecting

Definition of overdirect

: to direct the activities, performance, or course of (someone or something) in an excessive or overbearing manner The manager is overdirecting the project. Avoid overdirecting the interview. I find that you make an actor terribly anxious when you overdirect him.— Sydney Pollack You don't want to be condescending to the audience by overdirecting their attention but by the same token you have to tell the story.— Clint Eastwood a director with a tendency to overdirect We parents are overprotecting, overdirecting and doing a lot of hand-holding …— Julie Lythcott-Haims

First Known Use of overdirect

1878, in the meaning defined above

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“Overdirect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdirect. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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