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Definitions of direct

  1.   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"
  2.   in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; " a direct quotation"; " repeated their dialog verbatim"
  3.   To address, as a letter.
  4.   Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means.
  5.   A mark in music to guide the performer from the last note of one stave to the first of another.
  6.   To point; aim; point out a way to ( a person).
  7.   To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
  8.   Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
  9.   in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; " lineal ancestors"; " lineal heirs"; " a direct descendant of the king"; " direct heredity"
  10.   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.
  11.   be in charge of
  12.   Straight; open; plain; straightforward; as, a direct manner of speaking.
  13.   plan and direct ( a complex undertaking); " he masterminded the robbery"
  14.   Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
  15.   Straight; straight forward; shortest; nearest; plain; immediate.
  16.   guide the actors in ( plays and films)
  17.   give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; " I directed them towards the town hall"
  18.   exact; " the direct opposite"
  19.   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.
  20.   direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; " a direct route"; " a direct flight"; " a direct hit"
  21.   Directness.
  22.   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.
  23.   specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
  24.   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"
  25.   Straight, not deviating to either side.
  26.   of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; " direct current"
  27.   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"
  28.   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.
  29.   command with authority; " He directed the children to do their homework"
  30.   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.
  31.   To regulate; control; govern.
  32.   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.
  33.   To aim or drive in a straight line; guide or show.
  34.   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"
  35.   To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go.
  36.   as an immediate result or consequence; " a direct result of the accident"
  37.   To act as a guide.
  38.   extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action; " a direct question"; " a direct response"; " a direct approach"
  39.   ( astronomy) moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or-- for planets-- around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
  40.   moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or-- for planets-- around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
  41.   To act as a guide, conductor, or leader.
  42.   ( 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)"
  43.   Straight; straight forward; lineal.
  44.   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"
  45.   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.
  46.   To aim; point or guide toward; indicate a course to; order; address.
  47.   lead, as in the performance of a composition; " conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  48.   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.
  49.   ( electricity) of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; " direct current"
  50.   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)"
  51.   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.
  52.   put an address on ( an envelope, for example)
  53.   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.
  54.   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.
  55.   direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  56.   Quite straight: straightforward: in the line of descent: outspoken: sincere.
  57.   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.
  58.   Not crooked or winding; straight; right; not circuitous; plain; open.
  59.   without deviation; " the path leads directly to the lake"; " went direct to the office"
  60.   In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line.
  61.   take somebody somewhere; " We lead him to our chief"; " can you take me to the main entrance?"; " He conducted us to the palace"

Antonyms for direct

bending, cagey, diplomatic, twisted, subtle, twined, entangled, verbose, intricate, foxy, tangled, Fuliginous, excursive, delusive, crafty, serpentine, Swirled, dissembling, double-faced, tortuous, curving, mealymouthed, flatulent, periphrastic, yield, prolix, oblique, Pecksniffian, entwined, occult, coiling, submit, slippery, hypocritical, delusory, ambagious, indefinite, inhibited, reciprocal, prohibit, follow, rounded, disallow, purple, secondary, turning, unctuous, conglomerate, cunning, aureate, wavy, diversionary, tricky, double-edged, tight-lipped, murky, shrewd, coiled, circumlocutory, lip, shady, manifold, roundabout, allusive, shifty, muzzy, circuitous, delphic, artificial, curved, heterogeneous, secondhand, polite, sneaking, curling, specious, furtive, curvy, reserved, guileful, circular, hearsay, sneaky, Magnific, confused, stealthy, orotund, complex, deceitful, wordy, long-winded, observe, insincere, spiraling, leaping, jive, edgewise, feigned, deceptive, rambling, ambiguous, mixed, askant, looped, sinuous, corkscrew, winding, Kinked, digressive, elliptical, false, opaque, complicated, squinty, squint, debar, fuzzy, left-handed, civil, zigzag, circumlocutious, compound, forbid, untruthful, scheming, janus-faced, curled, spiral, goose step, mealy, inscrutable, crooked, dark, collateral, turned, sideways, cute, fustian, fake, inexplicit, desultory, double, quiet, mealy-mouthed, composite, close-mouthed, maundering, wandering, deep, pretended, twisting, phony-baloney, phony, bombastic, devious, warped, artful, taciturn, fallacious, rhetorical, crabwise, digressionary, nebulous, grandiloquent, lying, alternating, edgeways, considerate, uncommunicative, arcane, Double dealing, Twining, Deceiving, slick, obscure, comply, retrograde, equivocal, beguiling, courteous, unclear, reticent, looping, ornate, tactful, florid, asquint, inhibit, indirect, restrained, sidelong, askance, gaseous, comparative, mendacious, mystic, vague, weaving, inexact, broadside, multiform, mysterious, abstruse, wily, cryptic, backhanded, sidewise, Digressional, inverse, laconic, meandering, flowery, discursive, relative, sly, Zigzagging, oratorical, erroneous, involved, obey, counterfeit, bowed, gassy, squint-eyed, misleading, two-faced, Deluding, interdict, crazy, enigmatic, evasive, dodgy, veering, politic, designing, mediate.

Quotes of direct

  1. When we were trying to get the money for Driving Miss Daisy, everyone kept saying no one could direct it well enough to entertain an audience for 100 minutes essentially watching three people chatting in the kitchen. – Bruce Beresford
  2. If I have one vanity wish, it would be to direct It's the only thing I haven't done yet that I would like to. – Theodore Bikel
  3. Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them. – Napoleon Bonaparte
  4. I am neither a free -trade man, willing to collect all the money we have to raise by direct tax upon the people, nor am I willing to lay a tax simply for protection when the Government does not need the money. – Joseph E. Brown
  5. The Bible is proved to be a revelation from God, by the reasonableness and holiness of its precepts; all its commands, exhortations, and promises having the most direct tendency to make men wise, holy, and happy in themselves, and useful to one another. – Adam Clarke
  6. To my mind, the most important aspect of the Nobel Awards is that they bring home to the masses of the peoples of all nations, a realization of their common interests. They carry to those who have no direct contact with science the international spirit. – Irving Langmuir
  7. I gained direct knowledge of the life of the poor in big towns: I have lived the narrowing mechanism of its conditioning and feared it. – Ella Maillart
  8. When you direct your first film, you always start by telling stories that you are familiar with. – Sophie Marceau
  9. There is a certain phase in the life of the aged when the warmth of the heart seems to increase in direct proportion with the years. – John Phillips Marquand
  10. I cannot, if I am in the field of glory, be kept out of sight: wherever there is anything to be done, there Providence is sure to direct my steps. – Horatio Nelson
  11. All correct reasoning is a grand system of tautologies, but only God can make direct use of that fact. – Herbert Simon
  12. I play the father in the scene when Will and Tommy go back to Tommy's old apartment. It was a big mistake. I hope not to be in the next movie I direct – Barry Sonnenfeld
  13. Many writers upon the science of political economy have declared that it is the duty of a nation first to encourage the creation of wealth; and second, to direct and control its distribution. All such theories are delusive. – Leland Stanford
  14. The method of magnitude estimation provided a direct measure of sensation. – Stanley Smith Stevens
  15. I direct a lot of TV commercials and music videos. – Alex Winter

Usage examples for direct

  1. “ No direct answer followed either question. ” – The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins Last Updated: January 3, 2009
  2. It will be better to do as I direct – The Satyricon, Complete by Petronius Arbiter
  3. And to be thus true, she must go direct to Christ. ” – Amusement: A Force in Christian Training by Rev. Marvin R. Vincent.
  4. After all, he continued, the man is of my blood by direct descent. ” – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford
  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. Then will you direct us? ” – Son of Power by Will Levington Comfort and Zamin Ki Dost
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. “ I will leave this house in anybody's care you direct – Jane Talbot by Charles Brockden Brown
  10. 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
  11. Will you please direct us to Baretti's? ” – Marjorie Dean College Freshman by Pauline Lester
  12. You are free now to go where you like, make friends with whom you will, direct your own life as you please. ” – Jane Lends A Hand by Shirley Watkins
  13. “ I don't know where to direct to him. ” – Kenelm Chillingly, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  14. But I can direct you easily. ” – The Passenger by Kenneth Harmon
  15. “ I think it would be better to report direct to Colonel Throckmorton. ” – The Boy Scout Aviators by George Durston
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. And since you cannot direct your aim, I will guide your arm. ” – Journeys Through Bookland V2 by Charles H. Sylvester
  19. “ 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
  20. Thank you very much for bringing us direct word from her. ” – The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted by Katharine Ellis Barrett

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