1. [syn: directing, directional, directive, guiding]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Direct \Di*rect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Directed; p. pr. & vb.
1. To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a
mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to direct
an arrow or a piece of ordnance.
2. To point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right
course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way; as,
he directed me to the left-hand road.
The Lord direct your into the love of God. --2
Thess. iii. 5.
The next points to which I will direct your
3. To determine the direction or course of; to cause to go on
in a particular manner; to order in the way to a certain
end; to regulate; to govern; as, to direct the affairs of
a nation or the movements of an army.
I will direct their work in truth. --Is. lxi. 8.
4. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior;
to order; as, he directed them to go.
I 'll first direct my men what they shall do.
5. To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name
and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to
superscribe; as, to direct a letter.
Syn: To guide; lead; conduct; dispose; manage; regulate;
order; instruct; command.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: showing the way by conducting or leading; imposing
direction on; "felt his mother's directing arm around
him"; "the directional role of science on industrial
progress" [syn: directing, directional, directive,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
21 Moby Thesaurus words for "directing":
administrative, bureaucratic, chief, commanding, controlling,
directive, directorial, directory, executive, governing, guiding,
head, leading, managerial, managing, ministerial, official,
regulating, regulative, regulatory, supervisory