direct meaning

[ di'rekt, dai'rekt ] Pronunciation:   "direct" in a sentence
  • Verb: direct  di'rekt or dI'rekt
    1. Command with authority
      "He directed the children to do their homework" 
    2. Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
      "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
    Adjective: direct  di'rekt or dI'rekt
    1. Direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short
      "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit" 
    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"
      - unmediated 
    3. Straightforward in means or manner or behaviour or language or action
      "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach" 
    4. In a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
      "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"
      - lineal 
    5. Moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth 
    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)" 
    7. (of a current) flowing in one direction only
      "direct current" 
    8. Being 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"
      - verbatim 
    10. Lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact
      "the direct opposite"
    Adverb: direct  di'rekt or dI'rekt
    1. Without deviation
      "went direct to the office"
      - directly, straight

    Derived forms: directs, directed, directing

    See also: absolute, bluff, blunt, brutal, candid, directive, directly, directness, director, door-to-door, exact, flat-footed, forthright, frank, free-spoken, honest, honorable [US], honourable [Brit, Cdn], immediate, man-to-man, matrilineal, matrilinear, no-nonsense, nonstop, outspoken, patrilineal, patrilinear, plain, plainspoken, point-blank, pointed, primary, related, square, straight, straightforward, straight-from-the-shoulder, straightness, through, undeviating, unilateral, unswerving, unvarnished, upfront

    Type of: apprise [Brit], apprize, care, command, control, create, deal, designate, destine, displace, do, enjoin, execute, handle, instruct, intend, label, make, manage, move, order, perform, plan, position, say, specify, tell

    Antonym: alternating, indirect, inverse, retrograde

    Encyclopedia: Direct

  • [Business]
    adjective, verb, adverb

    adjective [usually before noun]


    happening or done without involving other people or actions in between:

    Mr Dolan will take direct responsibility for the team.

    We have direct access to the central computer system.

    The government has maintained a direct stake in the car manufacturer (= they own shares in it).

    The hospitals are under the direct control of the department of health.


    happening as an immediate result of sth, without the influence of sth else:

    They want to see a direct connection between performance and pay.

    Businesses will see a direct benefit from the tax cuts.

    The political tensions in the region had a direct impact on tourism.


    going in the straightest line between two places without stopping or changing direction:

    There's no direct flight to Strasbourg-you will have to change in Paris.

    a direct route/flight

    verb [+ obj]

    1 direct sth to/towards sb/sth | direct sth at/against sb/sth

    to aim sth in a particular direction or at a particular person:

    We are directing our efforts towards expanding the business.

    Much criticism has been directed at the managers.

    There are three main issues that we need to direct our attention to.


    to control or be in charge of sb/sth:

    A new manager has been appointed to direct the project.

    He directed their marketing strategy.


    to send a letter, etc. to a particular place or to a particular person:

    Enquiries should be directed to the Customer Services department.

    4 (formal) [+ obj or no obj]

    to give an official order:

    I had been directed to produce the report by the next day.

    The judge directed that the case should not proceed.



    without involving other people or businesses:

    I prefer to deal with them direct.

    selling direct to consumers


    without stopping or changing direction:

    Can I fly direct from Gatwick to Denver?


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  2. this is in direct opposition to the savage.
  3. i am in direct contact with the hijackers.
  4. i would rather act than direct.
  5. he should be on hand to direct operations personally.

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