|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"
|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|
"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|
"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|
"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|
"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|
|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|
|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|
"a direct quotation" "repeated their dialog verbatim"
|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)|
|Related terms:||label re-address misaddress instrument addressee|
|21.||[ adverb ] without deviation|
"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|
"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"
|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"
|25.||[ adjective ] exact|
"the direct opposite"
|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|