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Meaning of DIRECT

Pronunciation:  di'rekt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"
  2. [adj]  exact; "the direct opposite"
  3. [adj]  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"
  4. [adj]  direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit"
  5. [adj]  (electricity) of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; "direct current"
  6. [adj]  extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"
  7. [adj]  (mathematics) varying in the same manner as another quantity; "a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)"
  8. [adj]  (astronomy) moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
  9. [adj]  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"
  10. [adj]  in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim"
  11. [adj]  in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"
  12. [adj]  as an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of the accident"
  13. [v]  plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery"
  14. [v]  specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
  15. [v]  command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework"
  16. [v]  give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; "I directed them towards the town hall"
  17. [v]  put an address on (an envelope, for example)
  18. [v]  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"
  19. [v]  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"
  20. [v]  guide the actors in (plays and films)
  21. [v]  lead, as in the performance of a musical composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  22. [v]  direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  23. [v]  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"
  24. [v]  take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"
  25. [v]  be in charge of

DIRECT is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: absolute, address, aim, aim, bluff, blunt, calculate, candid, channelise, channelize, conduct, conduct, democratic, directly, door-to-door, engineer, exact, flat-footed, forthright, frank, free-spoken, guide, head, immediate, lead, lead, lineal, maneuver, manoeuvre, man-to-man, mastermind, matrilineal, matrilinear, no-nonsense, nonstop, orchestrate, organise, organize, outspoken, patrilineal, patrilinear, place, plain, plainspoken, point, point, point-blank, pointed, primary, send, short, shortest, square(a), steer, straight, straightforward, take, target, through(a), undeviating, unilateral, unilateralist, unswerving, unvarnished, upfront, verbatim
 Antonyms: alternating, collateral, indirect, inverse, retrograde
 See Also: act, address, airt, apprise, apprize, beacon, blow, can, canalise, canalize, care, cast, channel, charge, choreograph, command, conn, contrive, control, corner, create, deal, designate, destine, direct, dismiss, displace, divert, do, dock, drop, enjoin, execute, fire, force out, give, give notice, give the axe, guide, handle, have, head, hold, hold, home in, honest, honorable, instruct, instrument, intend, label, lead, lead astray, level, make, make, manage, misguide, mislead, move, move, navigate, operate, order, park, perform, pilot, plan, point the way, position, project, pull over, range in, re-address, redirect, refer, related, route, run, sack, say, send away, send packing, sheer, show, specify, stage direct, stand out, starboard, steer, stet, straight, swing, take, take aim, tell, terminate, throw, throw, train, turn, turn, usher, zero in



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Di*rect"\, a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct:
    cf. F. direct. See {Dress}, and cf. {Dirge}.]
    1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by
       the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct
       line; direct means.
             What is direct to, what slides by, the question.
    2. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from
       truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
             Be even and direct with me.           --Shak.
    3. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
             He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
             A direct and avowed interference with elections.
    4. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant
       in the direct line.
    5. (Astron.) In the direction of the general planetary
       motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs;
       not retrograde; -- said of the motion of a celestial body.
    {Direct action}. (Mach.) See {Direct-acting}.
    {Direct discourse} (Gram.), the language of any one quoted
       without change in its form; as, he said ``I can not
       come;'' -- correlative to {indirect discourse}, in which
       there is change of form; as, he said that he could not
       come. They are often called respectively by their Latin
       names, {oratio directa}, and {oratio obliqua}.
    {Direct evidence} (Law), evidence which is positive or not
       inferential; -- opposed to {circumstantial, or indirect,
       evidence}. -- This distinction, however, is merely formal,
       since there is no direct evidence that is not
       circumstantial, or dependent on circumstances for its
       credibility. --Wharton.
    {Direct examination} (Law), the first examination of a
       witness in the orderly course, upon the merits. --Abbott.
    {Direct fire} (Mil.), fire, the direction of which is
       perpendicular to the line of troops or to the parapet
       aimed at.
    {Direct process} (Metal.), one which yields metal in working
       condition by a single process from the ore. --Knight.
    {Direct tax}, a tax assessed directly on lands, etc., and
       polls, distinguished from taxes on merchandise, or
       customs, and from excise.
  2. \Di*rect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Directed}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Directing}.]
    1. 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.
    2. To point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right
       course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way; as,
       he directed me to the left-hand road.
             The Lord direct your into the love of God. --2
                                                   Thess. iii. 5.
             The next points to which I will direct your
             attention.                            --Lubbock.
    3. To determine the direction or course of; to cause to go on
       in a particular manner; to order in the way to a certain
       end; to regulate; to govern; as, to direct the affairs of
       a nation or the movements of an army.
             I will direct their work in truth.    --Is. lxi. 8.
    4. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior;
       to order; as, he directed them to go.
             I 'll first direct my men what they shall do.
    5. To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name
       and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to
       superscribe; as, to direct a letter.
    Syn: To guide; lead; conduct; dispose; manage; regulate;
         order; instruct; command.
  3. \Di*rect"\, v. i.
    To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
          Wisdom is profitable to direct.          --Eccl. x. 10.
  4. \Di*rect"\, n. (Mus.)
    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. --Moore (Encyc. of Music).
  5. \Di*rect"\, a. (Political Science)
    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
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