Definition of director in English:

director

noun

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

    ‘he has been appointed finance director’
    • ‘Prior to that Hayek was the director of an institute on business cycle research.’
    • ‘They were disturbed about an article implicating the director of the institute in a corruption affair.’
    • ‘Two years after he died, she became the artistic director of the company.’
    • ‘The art director works up a visual and asks the copywriter to come up with a suitable headline.’
    • ‘"This was a proposal the director of nursing presented to us, " he explained.’
    • ‘Many of them, including a series of finance directors, had already departed.’
    • ‘He carried on the family legacy by becoming managing director of the company in 1976.’
    • ‘There were some complaints but the association's director agreed with my no cell phone edict.’
    • ‘By day he is a high powered art director working for a major media company.’
    • ‘I've been a funeral director for 30 years.’
    • ‘He became the club's director of rugby and masterminded four league titles and two European Cup wins.’
    • ‘Cliff was a successful marketing director working long hours in the City.’
    • ‘Funeral directors generally want to do what is right for the children.’
    • ‘High school coaches and athletic directors are responsible for implementing this rule and levying punishments as infractions occur.’
    • ‘Finance directors will be reluctant to take a big hit on their profits, so where possible will look around for other cost savings.’
    • ‘Susan Franks, director of nursing and planning, said she was worried about staffing levels.’
    • ‘From the 253 hospitals selected, 234 directors of nursing responded.’
    • ‘Gleeson was also appointed senior independent non-executive director for the purposes of the Combined Code on Corporate Governance.’
    • ‘He is the former assistant finance director for Dade County, Florida.’
    • ‘President Bush was regularly told by the director of central intelligence that there was an urgent threat.’
    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.
      • ‘Board directors ought to formally sit as representatives of their organizations as a whole.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘& Ryanair appointed two new non-executive directors to the board.’
      • ‘One of Bryne's fellow directors managed to track down his direct phone number.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Around the time of opening, a whole new slate of directors took over the board.’
      • ‘A director on the board of Namport said that they can not allowed things to go on like this.’
      • ‘The aim was to make it easier to oust bad directors and make boards more responsive.’
      • ‘Insisting on nominating a director to the board of the borrower may also be risky.’
      • ‘He is a director of the main board in Europe only, and had nothing to do with the negotiations.’
      • ‘In the meantime it also appears that there is friction between board directors and shareholders.’
      • ‘She also served as a director on the board of the Namibia Red Cross and Campus Crusade for Christ.’
      • ‘Business ties between directors and companies whose boards they sit on are being terminated.’
      • ‘The independent directors of the Eircom board are also supporting Valentia.’
      • ‘Anglo Irish currently has six non-executive directors and five executive directors on its board.’
      • ‘The company currently has four executive directors and one independent director on its board.’
      • ‘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.’
      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, camera crew, and other staff for a movie, play, television program, or similar production.
      • ‘Some deleted (actually extended) scenes are included with the director's commentary.’
      • ‘I didn't like ' Aliens' until I saw the director's cut.’
      • ‘Balkan film directors, actors and students in the field will join the discussion section of Dionisia.’
      • ‘Like many Shakespearean film directors, Branagh shoots long sequences in one continuous take.’
      • ‘I often receive requests from film directors and producers asking if they could use a track from one of my albums.’
      • ‘The film director Jean Cocteau was a very strange man, in a decidedly French way.’
      • ‘He filled the roles of writer, producer, director and actor during his years in theatre.’
      • ‘Peter Hall was the director and Laurence Olivier and Charles Laughton were still on the payroll.’
      • ‘I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to the many actors / directors who are producing our local plays today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Film directors often gave comedy actors like Vivek a relatively free hand in developing the humour track.’
      • ‘Commercials are good for actors to meet directors and for them to see how you work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These directors and actors have either entered Hollywood or become darlings of film festivals.’
      • ‘There isn't a strong enough commitment to letting people take risks with producers, directors and actors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jews played a major part in theater and in the film industry as producers, directors and actors.’
      supervisor, controller, regisseur, producer, auteur, choreographer
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    3. 1.3
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Francesca Zambello, one of the world's foremost female directors of opera and musical theatre, will direct.’
      • ‘French directors of the time thought little of setting several composers to work on a score.’
      • ‘The Singers, under their director Tim Morris, will perform works by Monteverdi.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

director

/dīˈrektər/