direct[də rekt′; also dī-]
- The definition of direct is something that is the shortest way or someone honest and to the point.
- An example of direct is a non-stop plane trip from Los Angeles to Seattle.
- An example of direct is someone telling a friend they would look better wearing make up.
- To direct is defined as to supervise, manage or point towards.
An example of to direct is instructing a performer what to do next in a play.
- by the shortest way, without turning or stopping; not roundabout; not interrupted; straight: a direct route
- honest and to the point; straightforward; frank: a direct answer
- with nothing or no one between; immediate; close, firsthand, or personal: direct contact, direct knowledge
- in an unbroken line of descent; lineal
- exact; complete; absolute: the direct opposite
- in the exact words of the speaker: a direct quotation
- not needing a mordant: said of certain dyes
- by or of action of the people through popular vote instead of through representatives or delegates
- Astron. from west to east
- Math. designating or of a relation between variables in which one increases or decreases with the other: a direct proportion
Origin of directMiddle English ; from Classical Latin directus, past participle of dirigere, to lay straight, direct ; from di-, apart, from + regere, to keep straight, rule: see regal
- to manage the affairs, course, or action of; guide; conduct; regulate
- to order or command with authority
- to turn or point (a person or thing) toward an object or goal; aim; head
- to tell (a person) the way to a place
- to address (words, remarks, etc.) to a specific person or persons, or in a specific direction
- to write the name and address on (a letter, etc.)
- to plan the action and effects of (a play, film, etc.) and to supervise and instruct (the actors and technicians) in the carrying out of such a plan
- to rehearse and conduct the performance of (a choir, band, etc.)
- to give directions; make a practice of directing
- to be a director, as of a group of performers
verbdi·rect·ed, di·rect·ing, di·rects
- a. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of: direct a government agency.b. To supervise or oversee (an activity or process): direct the building of a new road. See Synonyms at conduct.
- a. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work.b. To supervise the performance of: direct a play.
- To give an order to; command: directed the student to answer.
- To show or indicate the way for: directed us to the airport.
- a. To cause to move in a certain direction or toward a certain object; turn or point: directed the light toward the end of the hall.b. To concentrate or focus (one's sight or attention, for example) on a particular object or activity. See Synonyms at aim.
- a. To indicate the intended recipient on (a letter, for example).b. To address or adapt (remarks, for example) to a specific person, audience, or purpose.
- To give commands or directions.
- To conduct a performance or rehearsal.
- Proceeding without interruption in a straight course or line; not deviating or swerving: a direct route.
- Straightforward and candid; not devious or ambiguous: a direct response.
- Having no intervening persons, conditions, or agencies; immediate: direct contact; direct sunlight.
- Effected by action of the voters, rather than through elected representatives or delegates: direct elections.
- Being of unbroken descent; lineal: a direct descendant of the monarch.
- Consisting of the exact words of the writer or speaker: a direct quotation; direct speech.
- Lacking compromising or mitigating elements; absolute: direct opposites.
- Mathematics Varying in the same manner as another quantity, especially increasing if another quantity increases or decreasing if it decreases.
- Astronomy Designating west-to-east motion of a planet in the same direction as the sun's apparent annual movement with respect to the stars.
- Sports Being a direct free kick.
Origin of directMiddle English directen, from Latin dīrigere, dīrēct-, to give direction to : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis– + regere, to guide; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative directer, superlative directest)
- Straight, constant, without interruption.
- Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end.
- the most direct route between two buildings
- Straightforward; sincere.
- Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
- In the line of descent; not collateral.
- a descendant in the direct line
- (astronomy) 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.
(comparative more direct, superlative most direct)
(third-person singular simple present directs, present participle directing, simple past and past participle directed)
- To manage, control, steer.
- to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army
- To aim (something) at (something else).
- They directed their fire towards the men on the wall.
- He directed his question to the room in general.
- To point out or show to (somebody) the right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way.
- He directed me to the left-hand road.
- To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order.
- She directed them to leave immediately.
- (dated) To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent.
- to direct a letter
From Latin dīrectus, perfect passive participle of dīrigō (“straighten, direct”), from dis- (“asunder, in pieces, apart, in two”) + regō (“make straight, rule”).
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