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

transitive + intransitive

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overdirect was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Overdirect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdirect. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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