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

Antonyms for direct

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

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

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