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English adjective: direct

1. direct direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short

SamplesA direct route.
A direct flight.
A direct hit.

Similardoor-to-door, nonstop, point-blank, straightforward, through, undeviating, unswerving

See alsostraight

Attributedirectness, straightness


2. direct having no intervening persons, agents, conditions

SamplesIn direct sunlight.
In direct contact with the voters.
Direct exposure to the disease.
A direct link.
The direct cause of the accident.
Direct vote.




3. direct straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

SamplesA direct question.
A direct response.
A direct approach.

Similarbluff, blunt, brutal, candid, flat-footed, forthright, frank, free-spoken, man-to-man, no-nonsense, outspoken, plain, plainspoken, point-blank, pointed, square, straight, straight-from-the-shoulder, straightforward, unvarnished, upfront

See alsohonest, honorable


4. direct in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child

SamplesLineal ancestors.
Lineal heirs.
A direct descendant of the king.
Direct heredity.


Similarmatrilineal, matrilinear, patrilineal, patrilinear, unilateral

See alsorelated

Antonymscollateral, indirect

5. direct moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth

Domain categoryastronomy, uranology


6. direct similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity

SamplesA term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases).

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths


7. direct (of a current) flowing in one direction only

SamplesDirect current.

Domain categoryelectricity


8. direct being an immediate result or consequence

SamplesA direct result of the accident.



9. direct in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker

SamplesA direct quotation.
Repeated their dialog verbatim.




10. direct lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact

SamplesThe direct opposite.


Antonymsrelative, comparative

English adverb: direct

1. direct without deviation

SamplesThe path leads directly to the lake.
Went direct to the office.

Synonymsdirectly, straight

English verb: direct

1. direct (communication) command with authority

SamplesHe directed the children to do their homework.

ExamplesThey direct him to write the letter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)enjoin, order, say, tell

Narrower (hyponym)stet

2. direct (competition) intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

SamplesHe aimed his fists towards his opponent's face.
Criticism directed at her superior.
Direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself.

Synonymsaim, place, point, target

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)aim, direct, take, take aim, train

Narrower (hyponym)address, home in, range in, zero in

3. direct (creation) guide the actors in (plays and films)

ExamplesSam and Sue direct the movie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)stage direct

Domain categoryperforming arts

4. direct (social) be in charge of

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)care, deal, handle, manage

Narrower (hyponym)administer, give, guide, have, head, hold, lead, make, operate, run, steer, throw

Causeact, move

5. direct (motion) take somebody somewhere

SamplesWe lead him to our chief.
Can you take me to the main entrance?.
He conducted us to the palace.

Synonymsconduct, guide, lead, take

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)beacon, hand, lead astray, misdirect, misguide, mislead, show, usher

6. direct (motion) cause to go somewhere

SamplesThe explosion sent the car flying in the air.
She sent her children to camp.
He directed all his energies into his dissertation.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)airt, blow, cast, contrive, divert, project, redirect, refer, route, throw, turn, turn

7. direct (competition) point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

SamplesPlease 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.

Synonymsaim, take, take aim, train

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)position

Narrower (hyponym)aim, charge, direct, draw a bead on, hold, level, level, place, point, point, sight, swing, target, turn

8. direct (creation) lead, as in the performance of a composition

SamplesConduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years.

Synonymsconduct, lead

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)do, execute, perform

Verb groupconduct

Domain categorymusic

9. direct (communication) give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction

SamplesI directed them towards the town hall.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)apprise, apprize, instruct

Narrower (hyponym)point the way, talk down

10. direct (cognition) specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

Synonymsaim, calculate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)designate, destine, intend, specify

11. direct (motion) direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Synonymschannelise, channelize, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)command, control

Narrower (hyponym)canalise, canalize, channel, conn, corner, crab, dock, helm, navigate, navigate, park, pilot, pull over, sheer, stand out, starboard, tree

12. direct (communication) put an address on (an envelope)


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)label

Narrower (hyponym)instrument, misaddress, misdirect, re-address

13. direct (cognition) plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

SamplesHe masterminded the robbery.

Synonymsengineer, mastermind, orchestrate, organise, organize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)plan

Narrower (hyponym)choreograph

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