- 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.
direct definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Classical Latin directus, past participle of dirigere, to lay straight, direct ; from di-, apart, from plush 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
- directness noun
direct definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb di·rect·ed, di·rect·ing, di·rects verb, transitive
- To manage or conduct the affairs of; regulate.
- To have or take charge of; control. See Synonyms at conduct.
- To give authoritative instructions to: directed the student to answer.
- To cause to move toward a goal; aim. See Synonyms at aim.
- To show or indicate the way for: directed us to the airport.
- To cause to move in or follow a straight course: directed their fire at the target.
- To indicate the intended recipient on (a letter, for example).
- To address or adapt (remarks, for example) to a specific person, audience, or purpose.
- 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.
- 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; frank: 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 movement against the stars.
- Sports Being a free kick in soccer by which a goal can be scored without the ball being touched by a second player.
Origin: Middle English directen, from Latin dīrigere, dīrēct-, to give direction to : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + regere, to guide; see reg- in Indo-European roots.
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