Synonyms of directing


1. direct, order, tell, enjoin, say

usage: command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework"

2. target, aim, place, direct, point, aim, take, train, take aim, direct

usage: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"

3. direct, make, create

usage: guide the actors in (plays and films)

4. direct, manage, deal, care, handle

usage: be in charge of

5. lead, take, direct, conduct, guide

usage: take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"

6. send, direct, move, displace

usage: cause to go somewhere; "The explosion sent the car flying in the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed all his energies into his dissertation"

7. aim, take, train, take aim, direct, position

usage: point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent"

8. conduct, lead, direct, perform, execute, do

usage: lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

9. direct, instruct, apprise, apprize

usage: give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; "I directed them towards the town hall"

10. calculate, aim, direct, intend, destine, designate, specify

usage: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

11. steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise, control, command

usage: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

12. address, direct, label

usage: put an address on (an envelope)

13. mastermind, engineer, direct, organize, organise, orchestrate, plan

usage: plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery"


1. directing, directional, directive, guiding, leading (vs. following)

usage: 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"

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