Direct meaning

dĭ-rĕkt', dī-
To give commands or directions.
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In a direct manner; directly.
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To give an order to; command.

Directed the student to answer.

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Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
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With nothing or no one between; immediate; close, firsthand, or personal.

Direct contact, direct knowledge, direct marketing.

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To show or indicate the way for.

Directed us to the airport.

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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.

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Proceeding without interruption in a straight course or line; not deviating or swerving.

A direct route.

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Straightforward and candid; not devious or ambiguous.

A direct response.

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Having no intervening persons, conditions, or agencies; immediate.

Direct contact; direct sunlight.

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Effected by action of the voters, rather than through elected representatives or delegates.

Direct elections.

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Being of unbroken descent; lineal.

A direct descendant of the monarch.

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Consisting of the exact words of the writer or speaker.

A direct quotation; direct speech.

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Lacking compromising or mitigating elements; absolute.

Direct opposites.

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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.

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Varying in the same manner as another quantity, especially increasing if another quantity increases or decreasing if it decreases.
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Designating west-to-east motion of a planet in the same direction as the sun's apparent annual movement with respect to the stars.
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Being a direct free kick.
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Straight; directly.
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By the shortest way, without turning or stopping; not roundabout; not interrupted; straight.

A direct route.

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Honest and to the point; straightforward; frank.

A direct answer.

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In an unbroken line of descent; lineal.
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Exact; complete; absolute.

The direct opposite.

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In the exact words of the speaker.

A direct quotation.

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Not needing a mordant.
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By or of action of the people through popular vote instead of through representatives or delegates.
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From west to east.
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Designating or of a relation between variables in which one increases or decreases with the other.

A direct proportion.

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To manage the affairs, course, or action of; guide; conduct; regulate.
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To order or command with authority.
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To turn or point (a person or thing) toward an object or goal; aim; head.
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To tell (a person) the way to a place.
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To address (words, remarks, etc.) to a specific person or persons, or in a specific direction.
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To write the name and address on (a letter, etc.)
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To give directions; make a practice of directing.
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To be a director, as of a group of performers.
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To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, “the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions” or “the jury is directed to disregard the defendant’s outburst.”
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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.

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Straightforward; sincere.
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In the line of descent; not collateral.

A descendant in the direct line.

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(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.
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To direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army.

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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.

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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.

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To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order.

She directed them to leave immediately.

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(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.

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To conduct a performance or rehearsal.
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Origin of direct

  • Middle English directen from Latin dīrigere dīrēct- to give direction to dī-, dis- apart dis– regere to guide reg- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin dīrectus, perfect passive participle of dīrigō (“straighten, direct”), from dis- (“asunder, in pieces, apart, in two”) + regō (“make straight, rule”).
    From Wiktionary