self-di·​rect | \ ˌself-də-ˈrekt How to pronounce self-direct (audio) , -dī- \
self-directed; self-directing; self-directs

Definition of self-direct

1a transitive : to direct or manage (something, such as one's work, study, or investments) for or by oneself … the author discusses the basic elements and benefits of self-directing your retirement funds.— Mark J. Kohler … allowing her children to self-direct their education, letting them decide what to learn based on their interests.— Katrina J. E. Milton
b intransitive : to direct or guide oneself : to make choices for or by oneself Something magical happens by letting kids self-direct. They're happy and moving and healthy.— Grant Segall
2 transitive + intransitive : to serve as the director of something (such as a play) in which one also performs … decided to self-direct two one-act plays in lieu of the fall musical.The Colchester (Vermont) Sun With their new company, they are also able to self-direct and produce.— Nicole S. Colson

Other Words from self-direct

self-directing \ ˌself-​də-​ˈrek-​tiŋ How to pronounce self-direct (audio) , -​dī-​ \ adjective
self-directing investors The purpose of 4-H is to help youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive members of society. Northern Wyoming Daily News
self-direction \ ˌself-​də-​ˈrek-​shən How to pronounce self-direct (audio) , -​dī-​ \ noun
Creating jobs that allow for self-direction, for independent thought and judgment, can make people more supportive and flexible at home. — Adam Grant

First Known Use of self-direct

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Self-direct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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