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Definitions of direct

  1. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To aim or drive in a straight line; guide or show. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. 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. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To aim; point or guide toward; indicate a course to; order; address. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. To point; aim; point out a way to (a person). The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. To regulate; control; govern. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To address, as a letter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To act as a guide. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. be in charge of Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. To act as a guide, conductor, or leader. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. Directness. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. A mark in music to guide the performer from the last note of one stave to the first of another. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. exact; "the direct opposite" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. (electricity) of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; "direct current" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  29. extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  30. (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)" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  31. (astronomy) moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  32. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  33. command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  34. give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; "I directed them towards the town hall" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  35. guide the actors in (plays and films) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  36. lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  37. of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; "direct current" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  38. 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)" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  39. moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth Wordnet Dictionary DB
  40. as an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of the accident" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  41. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means. Webster Dictionary DB
  42. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken. Webster Dictionary DB
  43. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous. Webster Dictionary DB
  44. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line. Webster Dictionary DB
  45. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  46. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  47. Straight; open; plain; straightforward; as, a direct manner of speaking. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  48. Quite straight: straightforward: in the line of descent: outspoken: sincere. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  49. Straight; straight forward; lineal. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  50. Straight; straight forward; shortest; nearest; plain; immediate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  51. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  52. Not crooked or winding; straight; right; not circuitous; plain; open. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for direct

  1. 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
  2. It will be better to do as I direct – The Satyricon, Complete by Petronius Arbiter
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