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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
di•rect /dɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to manage or guide by advice, instruction, etc.;
    supervise:[+ object]She directs the affairs of the estate.
  2. to give instructions to;
    order:[+ object + to + verb]I directed him to leave the room.
  3. to serve as a director in the production or performance of (a play, etc.): [+ object]He directed five movies.[no object]He directs with an even hand and a fine touch.
  4. to tell or show (a person) the way to a place;
    guide:[+ object (+ to + object ) ]Can you direct me to the center of town?
  5. to send toward a place;
    to channel or focus toward a given object or end:[+ object (+ toward + object)]to direct his aim; She directed her energies toward her work.
  6. to address (words, a speech, etc.) to a person or persons:[+ object + to + object]She directed her remarks to the chairman.
  7. to address (a letter, etc.) to someone:[+ object + to + object]to direct a package to their home.

  1. proceeding in a straight line or by the shortest course;
    straight:a direct route.
  2. proceeding in an unbroken line of descent:[before a noun]a direct descendant.
  3. without intermediary agents;
    immediate:[before a noun]insisted on direct contact with the negotiating team.
  4. straightforward;
    candid:I want you to be as direct as possible.
  5. absolute;
    exact:[before a noun]the direct opposite.

  1. in a direct manner;
    straight:We flew direct to Moscow.
di•rect•ness, n. [uncountable]The directness of her answers startled me.See -rect-.
    direct is an adjective and a verb, directly is an adverb, direction is a noun:He is a direct person and always tells you what he's thinking. She directs movies. He answered the questions directly. In which direction is the wind blowing?

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
di•rect  (di rekt, dī-),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to manage or guide by advice, helpful information, instruction, etc.:He directed the company through a difficult time.
  2. to regulate the course of;
    control:History is directed by a small number of great men and women.
  3. to administer;
    supervise:She directs the affairs of the estate.
  4. to give authoritative instructions to;
    order or ordain:I directed him to leave the room.
  5. to serve as a director in the production or performance of (a musical work, play, motion picture, etc.).
  6. to guide, tell, or show (a person) the way to a place:I directed him to the post office.
  7. to point, aim, or send toward a place or object:to direct radio waves around the globe.
  8. to channel or focus toward a given result, object, or end (often fol. by to or toward):She directed all her energies toward the accomplishment of the work.
  9. to address (words, a speech, a written report, etc.) to a person or persons:The secretary directed his remarks to two of the committee members.
  10. to address (a letter, package, etc.) to an intended recipient.

  1. to act as a guide.
  2. to give commands or orders.
  3. to serve as the director of a play, film, orchestra, etc.

  1. proceeding in a straight line or by the shortest course;
    not oblique:a direct route.
  2. proceeding in an unbroken line of descent;
    lineal rather than collateral:a direct descendant.
  3. Mathematics
    • (of a proportion) containing terms of which an increase (or decrease) in one results in an increase (or decrease) in another: a term is said to be in direct proportion to another term if one increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases).
    • (of a function) the function itself, in contrast to its inverse. Cf. inverse (def. 2).
  4. without intervening persons, influences, factors, etc.;
    personal:direct contact with the voters; direct exposure to a disease.
  5. straightforward;
    candid:the direct remarks of a forthright individual.
  6. absolute;
    exact:the direct opposite.
  7. consisting exactly of the words originally used;
    verbatim:direct quotation.
  8. Governmentof or by action of voters, which takes effect without any intervening agency such as representatives.
  9. inevitable;
    consequential:War will be a direct result of such political action.
  10. allocated for or arising from a particular known agency, process, job, etc.:The new machine was listed by the accountant as a direct cost.
  11. Electricityof or pertaining to direct current.
  12. Astronomy
    • moving in an orbit in the same direction as the earth in its revolution around the sun.
    • appearing to move on the celestial sphere in the direction of the natural order of the signs of the zodiac, from west to east. Cf. retrograde (def. 4).
  13. Surveying(of a telescope) in its normal position;
    not inverted or transited.
  14. Textiles(of dye colors) working without the use of a mordant;

  1. in a direct manner;
    straight:Answer me direct.
di•recta•ble, adj. 
di•rectness, n. 
  • Latin dīrēctus, dērēctus (the latter probably the origin, originally form, later reanalyzed as dī- di-2), past participle of dērigere to align, straighten, guide (dē- de- + -rigere, combining form of regere to guide, rule)
  • Anglo-French)
  • Middle English direct (adjective, adjectival, adverb, adverbial), directen (verb, verbal) ( 1325–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  guide. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Direct, order, command mean to issue instructions.
      Direct suggests also giving explanations or advice;
      the emphasis is not on the authority of the director, but on steps necessary for the accomplishing of a purpose.
      Order connotes a personal relationship in which one in a superior position imperatively instructs a subordinate to do something.
      Command, less personal and, often, less specific in detail, suggests greater formality and, sometimes, a more fixed authority on the part of the superior.
    • 18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged open, sincere, outspoken.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

direct /dɪˈrɛkt daɪ-/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. to regulate, conduct, or control the affairs of
  2. (also intr) to give commands or orders with authority to (a person or group)
  3. to tell or show (someone) the way to a place
  4. to aim, point, or cause to move towards a goal
  5. to address (a letter, parcel, etc)
  6. to address (remarks, words, etc)
  7. (also intr) to provide guidance to (actors, cameramen, etc) in the rehearsal of a play or the filming of a motion picture
  8. (also intr) to conduct (a piece of music or musicians), usually while performing oneself
  1. without delay or evasion; straightforward
  2. without turning aside; uninterrupted; shortest; straight: a direct route
  3. without intervening persons or agencies; immediate: a direct link
  4. honest; frank; candid
  5. (usually prenominal) precise; exact: a direct quotation
  6. diametrical: the direct opposite
  7. in an unbroken line of descent, as from father to son over succeeding generations: a direct descendant
  8. (of government, decisions, etc) by or from the electorate rather than through representatives
  9. (of a proof) progressing from the premises to the conclusion, rather than eliminating the possibility of the falsehood of the conclusion
    Compare indirect proof
  10. moving from west to east on the celestial sphere
    Compare retrograde
  11. of or relating to direct current
  12. (of an interval or chord) in root position; not inverted
  1. directly; straight
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin dīrectus; from dīrigere to guide, from dis- apart + regere to rule

diˈrectness n


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