1 aim
mainly, mostly, primarily, principally

Tax cuts have been directed primarily at the better-off.

His anger was mostly directed towards/toward Peter.


He directed the light straight in her face.

exclusively, solely

The attacks were directed solely at military targets.


anger directed specifically against ethnic minorities


criticism clearly directed at upper management

away from

This merely directs attention away from the real issues.


I found myself being directed into a dark room.


The machine directs light onto a special film.


a detour that directs you through narrow, dimly lit streets


I directed my question to the chairman.


We are directing our efforts towards/toward helping young people.

2 film/movie
expertly, masterfully, skilfully/skillfully

The film is expertly directed and beautifully photographed.


It was directed by Luc Besson.


He directs with flair and sensitivity.

Direct is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑judge, ↑memorandum, ↑picture
Direct is used with these nouns as the object: ↑acquittal, ↑adaptation, ↑aggression, ↑anger, ↑attention, ↑beam, ↑choir, ↑comment, ↑criticism, ↑energy, ↑episode, ↑film, ↑flow, ↑focus, ↑fund, ↑fury, ↑gaze, ↑jury, ↑money, ↑movement, ↑movie, ↑remark, ↑research, ↑talent, ↑thought, ↑thriller, ↑traffic, ↑venom, ↑video, ↑work
extremely, fairly, very, etc.

Her manner can be rather direct.

He asked me some very direct questions.


his disconcertingly direct gaze


a refreshingly direct discussion of the agency's priorities


The album is her most emotionally direct work to date.

Direct is used with these nouns: ↑access, ↑accountability, ↑action, ↑aim, ↑allusion, ↑ancestor, ↑answer, ↑appeal, ↑approach, ↑assault, ↑assistance, ↑association, ↑attack, ↑awareness, ↑bearing, ↑benefit, ↑cause, ↑challenge, ↑channel, ↑command, ↑communication, ↑comparison, ↑competition, ↑competitor, ↑confirmation, ↑conflict, ↑confrontation, ↑connection, ↑consequence, ↑contact, ↑continuation, ↑contradiction, ↑contrast, ↑contravention, ↑control, ↑correlation, ↑correspondence, ↑cost, ↑counterpart, ↑credit, ↑criticism, ↑current, ↑dealings, ↑defiance, ↑democracy, ↑deposit, ↑descendant, ↑descent, ↑dialogue, ↑discrimination, ↑effect, ↑election, ↑encounter, ↑equivalent, ↑evidence, ↑expenditure, ↑experience, ↑exploitation, ↑expression, ↑fashion, ↑feedback, ↑fire, ↑flight, ↑forerunner, ↑funding, ↑gaze, ↑heat, ↑heir, ↑help, ↑hit, ↑imitation, ↑impact, ↑implication, ↑incentive, ↑influence, ↑input, ↑insight, ↑inspiration, ↑instruction, ↑insult, ↑interaction, ↑interest, ↑intervention, ↑investment, ↑involvement, ↑knowledge, ↑line, ↑link, ↑mail, ↑manipulation, ↑marketing, ↑measure, ↑method, ↑negotiation, ↑observation, ↑opposite, ↑opposition, ↑order, ↑outcome, ↑parallel, ↑participation, ↑path, ↑proof, ↑proportion, ↑question, ↑questioning, ↑quotation, ↑quote, ↑recourse, ↑reference, ↑reflection, ↑relation, ↑relationship, ↑relevance, ↑replacement, ↑representation, ↑request, ↑response, ↑responsibility, ↑result, ↑road, ↑role, ↑route, ↑rule, ↑sale, ↑sequel, ↑service, ↑shipment, ↑speech, ↑stake, ↑stimulation, ↑subsidy, ↑sun, ↑sunlight, ↑superior, ↑supervision, ↑supervisor, ↑support, ↑talk, ↑tax, ↑taxation, ↑threat, ↑tie, ↑trade, ↑train, ↑transfer, ↑transition, ↑translation, ↑transmission, ↑violation, ↑vote
Direct is used with these verbs: ↑dial, ↑mail, ↑order

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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