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[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to aim something in a particular direction or at a particular person, group etc
direct something at/towards etc something
The machine directs an X-ray beam at the patient's body.
The new route directs lorries away from the town centre.
I'd like to direct your attention to paragraph four.
I want to direct my efforts more towards my own projects.

be in charge

[transitive] to be in charge of something or control it:
Mr Turner was directing the investigation from a very early stage.
The choir was directed by Sir David Willcocks.


APTAM [intransitive and transitive] to give the actors in a play, film, or television programme instructions about what they should do:
The play was directed by Frank Hauser.


[transitive] formal to tell someone how to get to a place
direct somebody to something
Could you direct me to Trafalgar Square, please?

tell somebody to do something

[transitive] formal to tell someone what they should do [= order]
direct somebody to do something
The judge directed the jury to find Mr Baggs not guilty.
direct that
He directed that his body should be buried in Upton.

direct, take, guide, lead
If you direct someone somewhere, you tell them which way to go to get there, but you do not go with them He directed me to a hotel near the airport (NOT He guided me to a hotel near the airport).!! Do not say that you direct something in a particular direction. Say that you point something in a particular direction He pointed the gun at the policeman (NOT He directed the gun at the policeman). If you take, guide, or lead someone somewhere, you go with them there I'll take you to the airport. Use guide especially to talk about helping someone along a difficult route They guided me through a maze of one-way streets. Use lead to talk about going in front of someone who is following you The waiter led us to a table.

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