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Synonyms of direct in English:


  • 1 the most direct route
    straight, undeviating, unswerving;
  • 2 a direct flight
    nonstop, unbroken, uninterrupted, through
  • 3 he is very direct
    frank, candid, straightforward, honest, open, blunt, plain-spoken, outspoken, forthright, downright, no-nonsense, matter-of-fact, not afraid to call a spade a spade
    informal upfront
  • 4 direct contact with the president
  • 5 a direct quotation
    verbatim, word for word, to the letter, faithful, exact, precise, accurate, correct
  • 6 the direct opposite
    exact, absolute, complete, diametrical
  • verb

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  • 1 an economic elite directed the nation's affairs
    manage, govern, run, administer, control, conduct, handle, be in charge/control of, preside over, lead, head, rule, be at the helm of;
    supervise, superintend, oversee, regulate, orchestrate, coordinate
    informal run the show, call the shots, be in the driver's seat
  • 2 was that remark directed at me?
    aim at, target at, address to, intend for, mean for, design for
  • 3 a man in uniform directed them to the hall
    give directions, show the way, guide, lead, conduct, accompany, usher, escort
  • 4 the judge directed the jury to return a 'not guilty' verdict
    literary bid
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