[kawr-ee-uh-graf, -grahf, kohr-] /ˈkɔr i əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf, ˈkoʊr-/

verb (used with object)
to provide the for:
to choreograph a musical comedy.
to manage, maneuver, or direct:
The author is a genius at choreographing a large cast of characters.
verb (used without object)
to work as a .
(transitive) to compose the steps and dances for (a piece of music or ballet)

1943, American English, back-formation from choreography, or else from French choréographier (1827). Figurative sense from c.1965. Related: choreographed.


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