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Meaning & Definition of Direct in English

English

Direct

/dərɛkt/

verb

1. Command with authority

  • "He directed the children to do their homework"
    synonym:
  • direct

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"
    synonym:
  • target
  • ,
  • aim
  • ,
  • place
  • ,
  • direct
  • ,
  • point

3. Guide the actors in (plays and films)

    synonym:
  • direct

4. Be in charge of

    synonym:
  • direct

5. Take somebody somewhere

  • "We lead him to our chief"
  • "Can you take me to the main entrance?"
  • "He conducted us to the palace"
    synonym:
  • lead
  • ,
  • take
  • ,
  • direct
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • send
  • ,
  • direct

7. 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"
    synonym:
  • aim
  • ,
  • take
  • ,
  • train
  • ,
  • take aim
  • ,
  • direct

8. Lead, as in the performance of a composition

  • "Conduct an orchestra
  • Barenboim conducted the chicago symphony for years"
    synonym:
  • conduct
  • ,
  • lead
  • ,
  • direct

9. Give directions to

  • Point somebody into a certain direction
  • "I directed them towards the town hall"
    synonym:
  • direct

10. Specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

    synonym:
  • calculate
  • ,
  • aim
  • ,
  • direct

11. Direct the course

  • Determine the direction of travelling
    synonym:
  • steer
  • ,
  • maneuver
  • ,
  • manoeuver
  • ,
  • manoeuvre
  • ,
  • direct
  • ,
  • point
  • ,
  • head
  • ,
  • guide
  • ,
  • channelize
  • ,
  • channelise

12. Put an address on (an envelope)

    synonym:
  • address
  • ,
  • direct

13. Plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

  • "He masterminded the robbery"
    synonym:
  • mastermind
  • ,
  • engineer
  • ,
  • direct
  • ,
  • organize
  • ,
  • organise
  • ,
  • orchestrate

adjective

1. Direct in spatial dimensions

  • Proceeding without deviation or interruption
  • Straight and short
  • "A direct route"
  • "A direct flight"
  • "A direct hit"
    synonym:
  • direct

2. Having no intervening persons, agents, conditions

  • "In direct sunlight"
  • "In direct contact with the voters"
  • "Direct exposure to the disease"
  • "A direct link"
  • "The direct cause of the accident"
  • "Direct vote"
    synonym:
  • direct
  • ,
  • unmediated

3. Straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

  • "A direct question"
  • "A direct response"
  • "A direct approach"
    synonym:
  • direct

4. In a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child

  • "Lineal ancestors"
  • "Lineal heirs"
  • "A direct descendant of the king"
  • "Direct heredity"
    synonym:
  • lineal
  • ,
  • direct

5. Moving from west to east on the celestial sphere

  • Or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the earth
    synonym:
  • direct

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)"
    synonym:
  • direct

7. (of a current) flowing in one direction only

  • "Direct current"
    synonym:
  • direct

8. Being an immediate result or consequence

  • "A direct result of the accident"
    synonym:
  • direct

9. In precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker

  • "A direct quotation"
  • "Repeated their dialog verbatim"
    synonym:
  • direct
  • ,
  • verbatim

10. Lacking compromising or mitigating elements

  • Exact
  • "The direct opposite"
    synonym:
  • direct

adverb

1. Without deviation

  • "The path leads directly to the lake"
  • "Went direct to the office"
    synonym:
  • directly
  • ,
  • straight
  • ,
  • direct

Examples of using

This man is my direct boss.
I'll be direct.
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