Definitions of direct

  1. put an address on ( an envelope, for example)
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
  5. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  6. take somebody somewhere; " We lead him to our chief"; " can you take me to the main entrance?"; " He conducted us to the palace"
  7. be in charge of
  8. exact; " the direct opposite"
  9. 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"
  10. direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; " a direct route"; " a direct flight"; " a direct hit"
  11. ( electricity) of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; " direct current"
  12. extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action; " a direct question"; " a direct response"; " a direct approach"
  13. ( 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)"
  14. ( astronomy) moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or-- for planets-- around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
  15. 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"
  16. in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; " lineal ancestors"; " lineal heirs"; " a direct descendant of the king"; " direct heredity"
  17. 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"
  18. in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; " a direct quotation"; " repeated their dialog verbatim"
  19. command with authority; " He directed the children to do their homework"
  20. give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; " I directed them towards the town hall"
  21. guide the actors in ( plays and films)
  22. lead, as in the performance of a composition; " conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  23. of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; " direct current"
  24. 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)"
  25. moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or-- for planets-- around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
  26. as an immediate result or consequence; " a direct result of the accident"
  27. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means.
  28. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
  29. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
  30. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go.
  34. 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.
  35. To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. Straight; open; plain; straightforward; as, a direct manner of speaking.
  40. To aim or drive in a straight line; guide or show.
  41. To act as a guide.
  42. Directness.
  43. Quite straight: straightforward: in the line of descent: outspoken: sincere.
  44. To keep or lay quite straight: to point or aim straightly or correctly: to point out the proper course to: to guide: to order: to mark with the name and residence of a person.
  45. Straight; straight forward; lineal.
  46. To aim; point or guide toward; indicate a course to; order; address.
  47. To point; aim; point out a way to ( a person).
  48. To regulate; control; govern.
  49. To address, as a letter.
  50. To act as a guide, conductor, or leader.
  51. Straight; straight forward; shortest; nearest; plain; immediate.
  52. Straight; onward, opposed to retrograde; in line, as of father and son, opposed to collateral; going in a straight line or course; not circuitous; straightforward; plain; express.
  53. A character placed at the end of a staff to direct the performer to the first note of the next staff. A direct interval, that which forms any kind of harmony on the fundamental sound which produces it, as, the fifth, major, third, and octave. Direct tax, a tax assessed on incomes, funds, houses, and lands, as distinct from indirect on articles of consumption.
  54. To aim in a straight line toward a place or object; to show the right road or course; to guide, conduct, or manage; to prescribe a course, sometimes with authority; to address.
  55. Not crooked or winding; straight; right; not circuitous; plain; open.
  56. A mark in music to guide the performer from the last note of one stave to the first of another.
  57. To show the right road or course; to aim or point in a straight line; to regulate; to guide or lead; to order or instruct; to address as a letter.

Usage examples for direct

  1. Then, whatever he said, even if it meant a direct loss to me, I'd do what he wanted with a smile. – Dawson Black: Retail Merchant by Harold Whitehead
  2. It will be better to do as I direct. – The Satyricon, Complete by Petronius Arbiter
  3. But I can direct you easily. – The Passenger by Kenneth Harmon
  4. I don't know where to direct to him. – Kenelm Chillingly, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  5. We will try to get to the boat and try to get her away; and if we can get her away we will try to hide the treasure, and if we can't we will try to blow her up as you direct and try to escape ourselves. – Lysbeth A Tale Of The Dutch by H. Rider Haggard
  6. And since you cannot direct your aim, I will guide your arm. – Journeys Through Bookland V2 by Charles H. Sylvester
  7. Thank you very much for bringing us direct word from her. – The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted by Katharine Ellis Barrett
  8. I will leave this house in anybody's care you direct. – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  9. And to be thus true, she must go direct to Christ. – Amusement: A Force in Christian Training by Rev. Marvin R. Vincent.
  10. After all, he continued, the man is of my blood by direct descent. – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford
  11. Will you please direct us to Baretti's? – Marjorie Dean College Freshman by Pauline Lester
  12. He'll not trouble them in James Town, but he's the only man alive to direct our own lads. – Salute to Adventurers by John Buchan
  13. No direct answer followed either question. – The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins Last Updated: January 3, 2009
  14. I think it would be better to report direct to Colonel Throckmorton. – The Boy Scout Aviators by George Durston
  15. Evesham is in the direct line between the two places, and we often heard them calling at night as they passed. – Grain and Chaff from an English Manor by Arthur H. Savory
  16. He passed by her to go out at the door she sat near, though the passage by the other door was his direct way; and bowed again. – Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9) by Samuel Richardson
  17. When in full gear the link motion operates the valve almost precisely the same as if the eccentric rod was attached direct to the valve spindle and no link motion was used. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  18. May our Lord in His mercy direct me until I find this gold, I say this Mine, because I have many people here who say that they know it. – Christopher Columbus, Complete by Filson Young