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Dictionary Definition

direct adj
1 direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit" [ant: indirect]
2 immediate or direct in bearing or force; having nothing intervening; "in direct sunlight"; "in direct contact with the voters"; "direct exposure to the disease"; "a direct link"; "the direct cause of the accident"
3 extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach" [ant: indirect]
4 in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity" [syn: lineal] [ant: collateral]
5 moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth [ant: retrograde]
6 similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity; "a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)" [ant: inverse]
7 of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; "direct current" [ant: alternating]
8 as an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of the accident"
9 in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim" [syn: verbatim]
10 effected directly by action of the voters rather than through elected representatives; "many people favor direct election of the President rather than election by the Electoral College"
11 exact; "the direct opposite" adv : without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office" [syn: directly, straight]

Verb

1 command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework"
2 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" [syn: target, aim, place, point]
3 guide the actors in (plays and films)
4 be in charge of
5 take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace" [syn: lead, take, conduct, guide]
6 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" [syn: send]
7 aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; "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" [syn: aim, take, train, take aim]
8 lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years" [syn: conduct, lead]
9 give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; "I directed them towards the town hall"
10 specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public [syn: calculate, aim]
11 direct the course; determine the direction of travelling [syn: steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise]
12 put an address on (an envelope, for example) [syn: address]
13 plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery" [syn: mastermind, engineer, organize, organise, orchestrate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From directus, past participle of dirigere ‘straighten, direct’, from di- + regere ‘make straight, rule’.

Pronunciation

  • /dɪˈrɛkt/, /ˌdaɪˈrɛkt/, /dɚˈɛkt/
  • /dI"rEkt/, /%daI"rEkt/, /d3`"Ekt/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt

Adjective

  1. Straight, constant, without interruption.

Antonyms

Verb

  1. To manage, control, steer.
  2. To aim at.
    They directed their fire towards the men on the wall.
    He directed his question to the room in general.

Translations

to manager, control, steer
to aim at

Dutch

Pronunciation

Adverb

direct

Extensive Definition

Direct may refer to:
In computing:
In mathematics:

See also

direct in French: Direct
direct in Dutch: Direct
direct in Swedish: Direct

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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usher, vertical, warn, wear the pants, well-defined, wield authority, wield the baton, word for word, work
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