1. [ adjective ] direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short

"a direct route" "a direct flight" "a direct hit"

Related terms: indirect straightforward door-to-door point-blank undeviating through short nonstop straight directness
2. [ verb ] command with authority

"He directed the children to do their homework"

Related terms: order stet directive
3. [ verb ] intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
Synonyms: aim place point target

"He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face" "criticism directed at her superior" "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"

Related terms: aim address range_in topographic_point prey
4. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: immediate
5. [ verb ] (film) guide the actors in (plays and films)
Related terms: make stage_direct performing_arts
6. [ verb ] be in charge of
Related terms: manage hold operate head guide act
7. [ adjective ] extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action

"a direct question" "a direct response" "a direct approach"

Related terms: indirect blunt blunt square plain no-nonsense man-to-man bluff pointed upfront flat-footed honest
8. [ verb ] take somebody somewhere
Synonyms: take lead guide conduct

"We lead him to our chief" "can you take me to the main entrance?" "He conducted us to the palace"

Related terms: mislead usher beacon hand leader usher
9. [ verb ] cause to go somewhere
Synonyms: send

"The explosion sent the car flying in the air" "She sent her children to camp" "He directed all his energies into his dissertation"

Related terms: move turn project refer divert redirect blow route route turn fire dismiss sending
10. [ verb ] aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment
Synonyms: aim take take_aim train

"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"

Related terms: position target charge level swing hold draw_a_bead_on turn aim
11. [ verb ] (music,performing arts) lead musicians in the performance of
Synonyms: conduct lead

"Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor" "she cannot conduct modern pieces"

Related terms: perform perform music conduct conducting
12. [ verb ] lead, as in the performance of a composition
Synonyms: conduct lead

"conduct an orchestra Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

Related terms: perform music conduct conducting
13. [ verb ] give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
Synonyms: point

"I directed them towards the town hall"

Related terms: instruct point_the_way
14. [ verb ] specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
Synonyms: aim calculate
Related terms: intend
15. [ adjective ] (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)"

Related terms: inverse inverse mathematics
16. [ adjective ] (electricity) of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating

"direct current"

Related terms: alternating electricity
17. [ adjective ] (astronomy) moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
Related terms: retrograde astronomy
18. [ adjective ] in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker
Synonyms: verbatim

"a direct quotation" "repeated their dialog verbatim"

Related terms: exact
19. [ verb ] (transportation) direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
Synonyms: guide maneuver point steer head manoeuver manoeuvre channelize channelise manouevre
Related terms: control park navigate stand_out navigate corner dock channel starboard sheer pull_over conn crab driving maneuver head guidance bearing guide maneuverer forefront helmsman steering
20. [ verb ] put an address on (an envelope, for example)
Synonyms: address
Related terms: label re-address misaddress instrument addressee
21. [ adverb ] without deviation
Synonyms: directly straight

"the path leads directly to the lake" "went direct to the office"

Related terms: straight straight
22. [ adjective ] in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
Synonyms: lineal

"lineal ancestors" "lineal heirs" "a direct descendant of the king" "direct heredity"

Related terms: collateral matrilineal patrilineal unilateral related
23. [ adjective ] as an immediate result or consequence

"a direct result of the accident"

Related terms: primary
24. [ adjective ] (politics) 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"

Related terms: democratic
25. [ adjective ] exact

"the direct opposite"

Related terms: absolute
26. [ verb ] plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
Synonyms: organize mastermind orchestrate organise engineer

"he masterminded the robbery"

Related terms: plan choreograph administration engineer organization orchestration organizer originator
Similar spelling:   director