Definition of Direct

1. Verb. Command with authority. "They direct him to write the letter"; "He directed the children to do their homework"

Generic synonyms: Enjoin, Order, Say, Tell
Specialized synonyms: Stet
Derivative terms: Directive

2. Adjective. Direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short. "A direct hit"

3. Adverb. Without deviation. "Went direct to the office"
Exact synonyms: Directly, Straight
Partainyms: Straight

4. Verb. Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal. "Direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
Exact synonyms: Aim, Place, Point, Target
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"
Exact synonyms: Unmediated
Similar to: Immediate

6. Verb. Guide the actors in (plays and films). "Sam and Sue direct the movie "
Category relationships: Performing Arts
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"

8. Verb. Be in charge of.
Specialized synonyms: Give, Have, Hold, Make, Throw, Guide, Steer, Head, Lead, Operate, Run, Administer
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"
Exact synonyms: Lineal
Similar to: Matrilineal, Matrilinear, Patrilineal, Patrilinear, Unilateral
Also: Related
Antonyms: Collateral
Derivative terms: Line

10. Verb. Take somebody somewhere. "The men direct the horses across the field"; "He conducted us to the palace"
Exact synonyms: Conduct, Guide, Lead, Take
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.
Category relationships: Astronomy, Uranology
Antonyms: Retrograde

12. Verb. Cause to go somewhere. "He directed all his energies into his dissertation"
Exact synonyms: Send
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)"
Category relationships: Math, Mathematics, Maths
Antonyms: Inverse

14. Verb. Point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards. "Take a swipe at one's opponent"
Exact synonyms: Aim, Take, Take Aim, Train
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"
Category relationships: Electricity
Antonyms: Alternating

16. Verb. Lead, as in the performance of a composition. "Conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
Exact synonyms: Conduct, Lead
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"
Similar to: Primary
Derivative terms: Directness

18. Verb. Give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction. "I directed them towards the town hall"
Specialized synonyms: Talk Down, Point The Way
Generic synonyms: Apprise, Apprize, Instruct

19. Adjective. In precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker. "Repeated their dialog verbatim"
Exact synonyms: Verbatim
Similar to: Exact

20. Verb. Specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public.
Exact synonyms: Aim, Calculate
Generic synonyms: Designate, Destine, Intend, Specify

21. Adjective. Lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact. "The direct opposite"
Similar to: Absolute

22. Verb. Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling. "The men direct the boat "

23. Verb. Put an address on (an envelope).
Exact synonyms: Address
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"

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:

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

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

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. ..."

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