Definition of direct in English:


Syllabification: di·rect
Pronunciation: /diˈrekt, dī-


  • 1Extending or moving from one place to another by the shortest way without changing direction or stopping: there was no direct flight that day
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    • Unfortunately, sharing a liability with some other African tourist destinations, there is no direct flight to Khartoum.
    • You can fly directly to Palma from both Glasgow and Edinburgh with Globespan until the end of this month, and direct flights are available throughout the year.
    • The minister for transport is using this occasion to invite Arab and other foreign airlines to resume direct flight to Iraq.
    straight, undeviating, unswerving; shortest, quickestnonstop, unbroken, uninterrupted, through
  • 1.1 Astronomy & Astrology (Of apparent planetary motion) proceeding from west to east in accord with actual motion.
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    • It is also accelerating, since it has maximum retrograde motion near inferior conjunction and maximum direct motion near superior conjunction.
    • Assuming planets are in direct motion, aspects are cast by swifter planets and received by slower ones.
    • Both planets were direct in motion; Mars was moving slowly and Venus was moving swiftly.
  • 2Without intervening factors or intermediaries: the complications are a direct result of bacteria spreading
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    • Such a structural change in the initiation complex can result from direct contacts between the transcription factor and RNA polymerase.
    • An inquest in Southampton heard that the former ship's fitter died of a lung disease caused as a direct result of contact with asbestos.
    • A lot of the things that you'll see in Chill Factor were a direct result of my efforts.
  • 2.1(Of light or heat) proceeding from a source without being reflected or blocked: ferns like a bright position out of direct sunlight
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    • Shades on the south side block unwanted direct sunlight while reflecting light onto the ceiling of the interior.
    • You can even choose a prismatic block to deliberately direct light onto a light coloured ceiling where it is softly diffused around the room.
    • But it is important not to overheat the casualty so do not apply a hot-water bottle or other source of direct heat.
  • 2.2(Of genealogy) proceeding in continuous succession from parent to child.
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    • The research has shown a clear genetic relationship amongst Cohanim and their direct lineage from a common ancestor.
    • Although she gets reborn in a Caribbean setting, there is no direct lineage convincingly established for her.
    • Why should the genetic relatedness effect be stronger for direct lineages than it is for peripheral lineages?
  • 2.3(Of a quotation) taken from someone’s words without being changed.
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    • The AP story limited direct quotation from the Clinton book to only 180 words.
    • Fromkin uses footnotes to identify direct quotations rather than to support historical argument.
    • This ends our direct quotation from Fisher's thesis, and his description of his machine.
    verbatim, word for word, to the letter, faithful, exact, precise, accurate, correct
  • 2.4(Of taxation) levied on income or profits rather than on goods or services.
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    • Thus the adoption of true free trade involves the abolition of all indirect taxation of whatever kind, and the resort to direct taxation for all public revenues.
    • In addition, the government had been able to reduce direct taxation and pay off part of the national debt from the proceeds of privatization.
  • 2.5Complete (used for emphasis): nonviolence is the direct opposite of compulsion
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    • In direct contrast to the style of the women sitting opposite me, Dobbin's decor looks like it had been designed by Jackie Healy-Rae.
    • Huntington's innings had been in direct contrast.
    • In direct contrast, feminist accounts have pushed Shajara into the limelight at the cost of the events themselves.
    exact, absolute, complete, diametrical
  • 3(Of a person or their behavior) going straight to the point; frank.
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    • He's somewhat direct and straightforward in his approach to business.
    • He is an immensely likeable, straightforward and direct person.
    • She always liked the way Miss Louise was always direct and straight.
    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
  • 3.1(Of evidence or proof) bearing immediately and unambiguously upon the facts at issue: there is no direct evidence that officials accepted bribes
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    • Some findings of primary fact will be the result of direct evidence, whereas others will depend upon inference from direct evidence of such facts.
    • As Mrs. Holland has not suffered a cardiac arrest, this evidence has no direct bearing on the issues that were before the Board.
    • Some point to the fact there is no direct evidence that Hitler himself gave the order for the final solution.
  • 4Perpendicular to a surface; not oblique: a direct butt joint between surfaces of steel


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  • 1With no one or nothing in between: buy direct and save
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    • If you can't face all that fiddle, follow my example and buy direct from small Dorset company, Thursday Cottage.
    • Of course when you live in NZ there are some caveats with buying consumer electronics direct from Japan.
    • However tension between the two over the deal led to the company being sold to Enel direct.
  • 1.1By a straight route or without breaking a journey: Austrian Airlines is flying direct to Innsbruck again


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  • 1Control the operations of; manage or govern: an economic elite directed the nation’s affairs
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    • The organizational literature depicts managers as controlling and directing operations.
    • Military planners rely on them to provide command-and-control centres from which operations can be directed.
    • Indeed it's trying to throw reporters off by saying the operation was planned and directed by Iraqi police.
    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
  • 1.1Supervise and control (a movie, play, or other production, or the actors in it).
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    • Along with his nephew, Kit, Kiran has written, produced and directed a short thriller film which has been shot in Hounslow and Richmond.
    • In addition to starring, the Academy Award-winning actor is also directing and producing the film - and doing his own singing.
    • Usually, this shift is accompanied by a great deal of giddy chatter about finally having control of a vision, particularly when an actor is directing his first film.
  • 1.2 (usually be directed) Train and conduct (a group of musicians).
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    • The excellent Armonico Consort musicians and singers, directed by Christopher Monks, create a background to which the action unfolds.
    • The beautiful choir from St Aiden's N.S. was trained and directed by Vivienne Lee and the organist was her father George Lee.
    • Leading the ensemble will be Hugh Smith, senior lecturer in music, who has wide performing and music interest and also directs the St Martin's College Choir and Community Concert Band.
  • 2Aim (something) in a particular direction or at a particular person: heating ducts to direct warm air to rear-seat passengers his smile was directed at Laura
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    • With a fan at the base of the cabinet, warm air is directed at the dogs inside, gently drying them for 30 minutes after their wash.
    • A box fan held open the window, whirring loudly as it directed the warm air from outside inward.
    • You need to direct the warm air from the vents against the windows to compensate for this.
    aim at, target at, address to, intend for, mean for, design for
  • 2.1Tell or show (someone) how to get somewhere: can you direct me to the railroad station, please?
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    • Laurie pinpoints a location and directs Shawn to a scenic overlook.
    • A kindly security guard directs us on our way out.
    • I usually go down Haylands Way and Polhill Avenue, but it directs me via Kimbolton Road…
    give directions, show the way, guide, lead, conduct, accompany, usher, escort
  • 2.2Address or give instructions for the delivery of (a letter or parcel).
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    • Since I am the treasurer and the niece sends the dues checks to this address, she directed a certified letter here for the Empress.
    • Secondly, this letter was also not directed to the bar girls.
    • A letter directed to Senator Tom Daschle is thought to be the source of the anthrax, but authorities have not ruled out the possibility that other tainted letters are involved.
  • 2.3Focus or concentrate (one’s attention, efforts, or feelings) on: we direct our anger and frustration at family
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    • The government is committed to combating social exclusion, and its initial efforts have been directed towards establishing the Universal Bank and forcing normal banks to offer basic bank accounts.
    • And that's what everyone's efforts have been directed towards.
    • Your efforts are best directed towards the radio station, Clear Channel, and the advertisers.
  • 2.4 (direct something at/to) Address a comment to or aim a criticism at: he directed his criticism at media coverage of the Catholic Church I suggest that he direct his remarks to the council
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    • I would like to direct my comments to two Supplementary Order Papers on the Table that relate to Part 1.
    • Remember to write as if you are facing the person you are directing your comments to.
    • Cllr Brian Stanley joined the debate, directing his comments to Cllr Lodge.
  • 2.5 (direct something at) Target a product specifically at (someone): the book is directed at the younger reader
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    • ‘The key with any advertising is understanding the target that that advertising is directed at,’ Wolf said.
    • Although individuals' personal information will remain confidential, the database will enable the advertisers to direct their ads at specific geographies and types of customer.
    • And surely any campaign which effectively improves the health of people is a good thing, no matter whether it is directed at certain groups or mass targeted.
  • 2.6 archaic Guide or advise (someone or their judgment) in a course or decision: the conscience of the credulous prince was directed by saints and bishops
  • 3 [with object and infinitive] Give (someone) an official order or authoritative instruction: the judge directed him to perform community service [with clause]: he directed that no picture from his collection could be sold
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    • The men are seeking a court order directing the government to uphold their constitutional rights.
    • There were two orders directing them to supply expert reports in support of their claims.
    • Five years later, in 1993, the High Court favoured the petition and directed the Government to implement the rule of law.



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  • Also, honesty, directness and sincerity of expression is CRUCIAL.
  • The boy, admirable in his directness and honesty when he appears, fades from the play entirely at times as the father holds centre stage.
  • It is only with the advent of realism that we start to see a new honesty and directness.


late Middle English: from Latin directus, past participle of dirigere, from di- 'distinctly' or de- 'down' + regere 'put straight'.

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