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direct British & World English

Extending or moving from one place to another without changing direction or stopping

direct mail British & World English

Unsolicited commercial literature sent to prospective customers through the post

direct rule British & World English

A system of government in which a province is controlled by a central government

direct tax British & World English

A tax, such as income tax, which is levied on the income or profits of the person who pays it, rather than on goods or services

direct access British & World English

The facility of retrieving data immediately from any part of a computer file, without having to read the file from the beginning

direct action British & World English

The use of strikes, demonstrations, or other public forms of protest rather than negotiation to achieve one’s demands

direct debit British & World English

An arrangement made with a bank that allows a third party to transfer money from a person’s account on agreed dates, typically in order to pay bills

direct-drive British & World English

Denoting or relating to mechanical parts driven directly by a motor, without a belt or other device to transmit power

direct labour British & World English

Labour involved in production rather than administration, maintenance, and other support services

direct method British & World English

A system of teaching a foreign language using only that language and without emphasis on the study of grammar

direct object British & World English

A noun phrase denoting a person or thing that is the recipient of the action of a transitive verb, for example the dog in Jeremy fed the dog

direct speech British & World English

The reporting of speech by repeating the actual words of a speaker, for example ‘I’m going,’ she said

direct banking British & World English

Another term for telebanking.

direct current British & World English

An electric current flowing in one direction only

direct deposit British & World English

The electronic transfer of money from one bank account to another

direct dialling British & World English

The facility of making a telephone call without connection by the operator

direct discourse British & World English

Another term for direct speech.

direct examination British & World English

Another term for examination-in-chief.

direct-grant school British & World English

(In the UK) a fee-paying school that received funds from the government in return for the admission of non-paying pupils nominated by the local authority

direct injection British & World English

(In diesel engines) the use of a pump to spray fuel into the cylinder at high pressure, without the use of compressed air

direct marketing British & World English

The business of selling products or services directly to the public, e.g. by mail order or telephone selling, rather than through retailers

direct proportion British & World English

The relation between quantities whose ratio is constant

redirect British & World English

Direct (something) to a new or different place or purpose

direct ratio in direct proportion British & World English

The relation between quantities whose ratio is constant

direct something at/to in direct British & World English

Address a comment to or aim a criticism at

direct something at in direct British & World English

Target a product or advertisement specifically at (someone)

direct English Thesaurus

this was the most direct route

direct English-Spanish


direct mail English-Spanish


direct rule English-Spanish


direct access English-Spanish

acceso masculine directo

direct debit English-Spanish

→ direct billing

direct method English-Spanish

the direct method

direct object English-Spanish

complemento masculine directo

direct current English-Spanish

corriente feminine continua

direct dialing English-Spanish

servicio, discado, marcado

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