Definition of Direct
1. Verb. Command with authority. "They direct him to write the letter"; "He directed the children to do their homework"
2. Adjective. Direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short. "A direct hit"
Similar to: Door-to-door, Nonstop, Point-blank, Straightforward, Undeviating, Unswerving, Through
3. Adverb. Without deviation. "Went direct to the office"
4. Verb. Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal. "Direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
Specialized synonyms: Address, Home In, Range In, Zero In
Generic synonyms: Aim, Take, Take Aim, Train
Derivative terms: Aim, Place, Target, Target
5. Adjective. Having no intervening persons, agents, conditions. "Direct vote"
6. Verb. Guide the actors in (plays and films). "Sam and Sue direct the movie "
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Specialized synonyms: Stage Direct
Derivative terms: Director
7. Adjective. Straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action. ; "A direct approach"
Also: Honest, Honorable
Derivative terms: Directness
8. Verb. Be in charge of.
Causes: Act, Move
Generic synonyms: Care, Deal, Handle, Manage
Derivative terms: Directive, Director
9. Adjective. In a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child. "Direct heredity"
Similar to: Matrilineal, Matrilinear, Patrilineal, Patrilinear, Unilateral
Derivative terms: Line
10. Verb. Take somebody somewhere. "The men direct the horses across the field"; "He conducted us to the palace"
Specialized synonyms: Beacon, Hand, Lead Astray, Misdirect, Misguide, Mislead, Show, Usher
Derivative terms: Guide, Leader
11. Adjective. Moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth.
12. Verb. Cause to go somewhere. "He directed all his energies into his dissertation"
Specialized synonyms: Cast, Contrive, Project, Throw, Turn, Turn, Divert, Route, Refer, Airt, Redirect, Blow
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Also: Send Away, Send Away
Derivative terms: Sending
13. Adjective. 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)"
14. Verb. Point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards. "Take a swipe at one's opponent"
Specialized synonyms: Aim, Place, Point, Target, Draw A Bead On, Hold, Turn, Swing, Charge, Level, Point, Level, Sight
Generic synonyms: Position
Derivative terms: Aim
15. Adjective. (of a current) flowing in one direction only. "Direct current"
16. Verb. Lead, as in the performance of a composition. "Conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Do, Execute, Perform
Related verbs: Conduct
Derivative terms: Conducting, Director, Lead
17. Adjective. Being an immediate result or consequence. "A direct result of the accident"
18. Verb. Give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction. "I directed them towards the town hall"
19. Adjective. In precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker. "Repeated their dialog verbatim"
20. Verb. Specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public.
21. Adjective. Lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact. "The direct opposite"
22. Verb. Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling. "The men direct the boat "
Specialized synonyms: Dock, Sheer, Pull Over, Helm, Crab, Navigate, Stand Out, Starboard, Conn, Navigate, Pilot, Canalise, Canalize, Channel, Corner, Tree, Park
Generic synonyms: Command, Control
Derivative terms: Channelisation, Guide, Guide, Head, Head, Head, Heading, Maneuverable, Maneuverer, Manoeuvre, Steerage, Steerer, Steering, Steering
23. Verb. Put an address on (an envelope).
Specialized synonyms: Misaddress, Misdirect, Instrument, Re-address
Generic synonyms: Label
Derivative terms: Address, Address, Addressee
24. Verb. Plan and direct (a complex undertaking). ; "He masterminded the robbery"
Generic synonyms: Plan
Specialized synonyms: Choreograph
Derivative terms: Directive, Engineer, Mastermind, Orchestration, Organisation, Organisation, Organisation, Organization, Organization, Organization, Organizer
Definition of Direct
1. a. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means.
2. v. t. To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to direct an arrow or a piece of ordnance.
3. v. i. To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
4. n. A character, thus [&?;], placed at the end of a staff on the line or space of the first note of the next staff, to apprise the performer of its situation.
5. a. Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the people through their votes instead of through one or more representatives or delegates; as, direct nomination, direct legislation.
Definition of Direct
1. Adjective. Straight, constant, without interruption. ¹
2. Adverb. Directly. ¹
3. Verb. To manage, control, steer. ¹
4. Verb. To aim at. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Direct
1. straightforward [adj -RECTER, -RECTEST] : DIRECTLY [adv] / to control or conduct the affairs of [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: straightforward
Medical Definition of Direct
1. 1. Straight, in a straight line. 2. Performed immediately and without the intervention of subsidiary means. Origin: L. Directus This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)
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Literary usage of Direct
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1. Convention by National Electric Light Association Convention, National Independent Meat Packers Association, University of Georgia College of Agriculture, University of Georgia Dept. of Food Science (1905)
"Sum up the relative advantages and economy of using direct-current enclosed-arc ... The direct-current lamps give a better distribution of light than the ..."
2. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"Speech as a form \/ of behavior thus lacks that direct relation to the outer ... Writing at first direct in form. The earliest stages of writing were those ..."
3. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David ( Hume (1898)
"Of the direct Passions^ 'Tis easy to observe, that the passions, both direct and indirect, are founded on pain and pleasure, and that in order to produce an ..."
4. The Operation of the Initiative, Referendum and Recall in Oregon by James Duff Barnett (1915)
"CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION i The Adoption of the System of direct Legislation •;•.. THE state constitution of 1859 provided for an obligatory referendum on ..."
5. A Complete Latin Grammar by Albert Harkness (1898)
"As direct Object and Predicate; see 410. 3. As Double Object — Person ... As direct Object with Infinitive; see 414. 5. As Subject of Infinitive; see 415. ..."