Definition of director in English:

director

noun

  • 1A person who is in charge of an activity, department, or organization.

    ‘the sales director’
    • ‘Many of them, including a series of finance directors, had already departed.’
    • ‘By day he is a high powered art director working for a major media company.’
    • ‘Susan Franks, director of nursing and planning, said she was worried about staffing levels.’
    • ‘I've been a funeral director for 30 years.’
    • ‘They were disturbed about an article implicating the director of the institute in a corruption affair.’
    • ‘Cliff was a successful marketing director working long hours in the City.’
    • ‘Prior to that Hayek was the director of an institute on business cycle research.’
    • ‘He is the former assistant finance director for Dade County, Florida.’
    • ‘There were some complaints but the association's director agreed with my no cell phone edict.’
    • ‘The art director works up a visual and asks the copywriter to come up with a suitable headline.’
    • ‘Finance directors will be reluctant to take a big hit on their profits, so where possible will look around for other cost savings.’
    • ‘Funeral directors generally want to do what is right for the children.’
    • ‘Two years after he died, she became the artistic director of the company.’
    • ‘President Bush was regularly told by the director of central intelligence that there was an urgent threat.’
    • ‘"This was a proposal the director of nursing presented to us, " he explained.’
    • ‘Gleeson was also appointed senior independent non-executive director for the purposes of the Combined Code on Corporate Governance.’
    • ‘From the 253 hospitals selected, 234 directors of nursing responded.’
    • ‘High school coaches and athletic directors are responsible for implementing this rule and levying punishments as infractions occur.’
    • ‘He carried on the family legacy by becoming managing director of the company in 1976.’
    • ‘He became the club's director of rugby and masterminded four league titles and two European Cup wins.’
    leader, chief, boss, controller, master, supervisor, governor, superintendent, foreman, forewoman, headman
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    1. 1.1 A member of the board of people that manages or oversees the affairs of a business.
      • ‘& Ryanair appointed two new non-executive directors to the board.’
      • ‘He is a director of the main board in Europe only, and had nothing to do with the negotiations.’
      • ‘But it is one thing to be a director in name and another thing to actually sit on the board as a director.’
      • ‘Most VCs will want to be able to nominate a director to the board of the company in which they invest.’
      • ‘One of Bryne's fellow directors managed to track down his direct phone number.’
      • ‘In the meantime it also appears that there is friction between board directors and shareholders.’
      • ‘Anglo Irish currently has six non-executive directors and five executive directors on its board.’
      • ‘The independent directors of the Eircom board are also supporting Valentia.’
      • ‘Business ties between directors and companies whose boards they sit on are being terminated.’
      • ‘The association would like Irish companies to have a majority of independent directors on their boards.’
      • ‘The bank suggested that Cunningham beef up the board with some high-profile directors.’
      • ‘A director on the board of Namport said that they can not allowed things to go on like this.’
      • ‘The company currently has four executive directors and one independent director on its board.’
      • ‘The aim was to make it easier to oust bad directors and make boards more responsive.’
      • ‘She also served as a director on the board of the Namibia Red Cross and Campus Crusade for Christ.’
      • ‘Board directors ought to formally sit as representatives of their organizations as a whole.’
      • ‘The change is meant to spur directors to take back board powers ceded over the years to managers.’
      • ‘The measures usually are approved by the boards of directors, most of whom are members of the same CEO club.’
      • ‘Around the time of opening, a whole new slate of directors took over the board.’
      • ‘Insisting on nominating a director to the board of the borrower may also be risky.’
      administrator, manager, chairman, chairwoman, chairperson, chair, head, chief, boss, principal, leader, governor, president, premier
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    2. 1.2 A person who supervises the actors and other staff in a film, play, or similar production.
      • ‘There isn't a strong enough commitment to letting people take risks with producers, directors and actors.’
      • ‘These directors and actors have either entered Hollywood or become darlings of film festivals.’
      • ‘Film directors often gave comedy actors like Vivek a relatively free hand in developing the humour track.’
      • ‘Actors, directors and producers gathered in the city the other day to check this menace.’
      • ‘There's a gag reel, which is really funny, director's commentary.’
      • ‘I often receive requests from film directors and producers asking if they could use a track from one of my albums.’
      • ‘Barda has worked as a presenter in some television shows and as an actor and film director.’
      • ‘Just sat through the 311 minute director's cut of 1900 with a friend.’
      • ‘The film director Jean Cocteau was a very strange man, in a decidedly French way.’
      • ‘Like many Shakespearean film directors, Branagh shoots long sequences in one continuous take.’
      • ‘I didn't like ' Aliens' until I saw the director's cut.’
      • ‘Peter Hall was the director and Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton were still on the payroll.’
      • ‘Jews played a major part in theater and in the film industry as producers, directors and actors.’
      • ‘He filled the roles of writer, producer, director and actor during his years in theatre.’
      • ‘Balkan film directors, actors and students in the field will join the discussion section of Dionisia.’
      • ‘I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to the many actors / directors who are producing our local plays today.’
      • ‘Commercials are good for actors to meet directors and for them to see how you work.’
      • ‘Some deleted (actually extended) scenes are included with the director's commentary.’
      • ‘The sole significant extra on the disc is a director's commentary from Jewison.’
      • ‘He says he is confident that his director's cut will be better appreciated.’
      supervisor, controller, regisseur, producer, auteur, choreographer
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    3. 1.3
      • ‘Francesca Zambello, one of the world's foremost female directors of opera and musical theatre, will direct.’
      • ‘The Singers, under their director Tim Morris, will perform works by Monteverdi.’
      • ‘French directors of the time thought little of setting several composers to work on a score.’
      • ‘Those were days when the artistes, directors and composers used to spend days together to perfect the songs.’
      • ‘But there are many music composers, directors and singers who do not support the remix culture.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French directour, from late Latin director ‘governor’, from dirigere ‘to guide’.

Pronunciation

director

/dʌɪˈrɛktə//dɪˈrɛktə/