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Meaning of direct by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin dīrectus, perfect passive participle of dīrigō ( “straighten, direct” ), from dis- ( “asunder, in pieces, apart, in two” ) + regō ( “make straight, rule” ) .


    • IPA: /dɪˈrɛkt/, /ˌdaɪˈrɛkt/, /dɚˈɛkt/, X-SAMPA: /dI"rEkt/, /%daI"rEkt/, /d3`"Ekt/
    • Rhymes: -ɛkt


    direct ( comparative directer, superlative directest )

    1. Straight, constant, without interruption .


    Derived terms


    direct ( comparative more direct, superlative most direct )

    1. Directly.


Explanation of direct by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. plan and direct ( a complex undertaking )

    2. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

    3. command with authority

    4. He directed the children to do their homework
    5. give directions to

    6. I directed them towards the town hall
    7. put an address on ( an envelope )

    8. intend ( something ) to move towards a certain goal

    9. criticism directed at her superior
      direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself
    10. point or cause to go ( blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment ) towards

    11. guide the actors in ( plays and films )

    12. lead, as in the performance of a composition

    13. direct the course

    14. cause to go somewhere

    15. He directed all his energies into his dissertation
    16. take somebody somewhere

    17. be in charge of

    1. without deviation

    2. the path leads directly to the lake
      went direct to the office
    1. lacking compromising or mitigating elements

    2. the direct opposite
    3. direct in spatial dimensions

    4. a direct route
      a direct flight
      a direct hit
    5. ( of a current ) flowing in one direction only

    6. direct current
    7. straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

    8. a direct question
      a direct response
      a direct approach
    9. similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity

    10. a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases ( or decreases ) as the other increases ( or decreases )
    11. moving from west to east on the celestial sphere

    12. having no intervening persons, agents, conditions

    13. 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
    14. in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker

    15. a direct quotation
    16. in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child

    17. a direct descendant of the king
      direct heredity
    18. being an immediate result or consequence

    19. a direct result of the accident

    Definition of direct by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Direct 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. Locke.

      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. Locke.

      A direct and avowed interference with elections. Hallam.

      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.

      6. ( 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 legislation”.

      Direct action. ( Mach. ) See Direct-acting. ( Trade unions ) See Syndicalism, below. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] -- 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 evidence, 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. Direct 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. Shak.

      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. Direct v. i. To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.

      Wisdom is profitable to direct. Eccl. x. 10.

    4. Direct, 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 ).