Definitions for DIRECTdɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

di•rect*dɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-(v.t.)

  1. to manage or guide by advice, instruction, etc.

  2. to regulate the course of; control.

  3. to administer; manage; supervise:

    She directs the affairs of the estate.

  4. to give authoritative instructions to; command; 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 tell or show (a person) the way to a place; guide.

  7. to aim or send toward a place or object:

    to direct one's aim.

  8. to channel or focus toward a given result, object, or end (often fol. by to or toward):

    She directed her energies toward the work.

  9. to address (words, a speech, etc.) to a person or persons.

  10. to address (a letter, package, etc.) to an intended recipient.

  11. (v.i.)to act as a guide.

  12. to give commands or orders.

  13. to serve as the director of a play, film, orchestra, etc.

  14. (adj.)proceeding in a straight line or by the shortest course; straight; not oblique:

    a direct route.

  15. proceeding in an unbroken line of descent.

  16. without intermediary agents, conditions, etc.; immediate:

    direct contact.

  17. straightforward; frank; candid.

  18. absolute; exact:

    the direct opposite.

  19. consisting exactly of the words orig. used:

    direct quotation.

  20. Math. (of a proportion) containing terms of which an increase or decrease in one results in an increase or decrease in another. (of a function) being a function itself, in contrast to its inverse.

    Category: Math

  21. of or by action of voters, which takes effect without any intervening agency.

    Category: Government

  22. inevitable; consequential:

    a direct result.

  23. allocated for or arising from a particular known agency:

    a direct cost.

  24. of or pertaining to direct current.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  25. 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.

    Category: Astronomy

    Ref: Compare retrograde (def. 4). 4

  26. (of dye colors) substantive.

    Category: Textiles

  27. (adv.)in a direct manner; directly; straight:

    Answer me direct.

* Syn: direct , order , command mean to issue instructions. direct suggests also giving explanations or advice; the emphasis is on steps necessary to accomplish a purpose: He directed me to organize the files.order connotes a more personal relationship and instructions that leave no room for refusal: She ordered him out of the class.command suggests greater formality and a more fixed authority: The officer commanded the troops to advance.

Origin of direct:

1325–75; ME (< AF) < L dīrēctus, dērēctus (the latter prob. the orig. form, later reanalyzed as dī-di -2), ptp. of dērigere to align, straighten, guide (dē-de - +-rigere, comb. form of regere to guide, rule)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. direct(adj)

    direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short

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

  2. direct, unmediated(adj)

    having no intervening persons, agents, conditions

    "in direct sunlight"; "in direct contact with the voters"; "direct exposure to the disease"; "a direct link"; "the direct cause of the accident"; "direct vote"

  3. direct(adj)

    straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

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

  4. lineal, direct(adj)

    in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child

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

  5. direct(adj)

    moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth

  6. direct(adj)

    similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity

    "a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)"

  7. direct(adj)

    (of a current) flowing in one direction only

    "direct current"

  8. direct(adj)

    being an immediate result or consequence

    "a direct result of the accident"

  9. direct, verbatim(adj)

    in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker

    "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim"

  10. direct(verb)

    lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact

    "the direct opposite"

  11. direct(verb)

    command with authority

    "He directed the children to do their homework"

  12. target, aim, place, direct, point(verb)

    intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

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

  13. direct(verb)

    guide the actors in (plays and films)

  14. direct(verb)

    be in charge of

  15. lead, take, direct, conduct, guide(verb)

    take somebody somewhere

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

  16. send, direct(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"

  17. aim, take, train, take aim, direct(verb)

    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

    "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"

  18. conduct, lead, direct(verb)

    lead, as in the performance of a composition

    "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

  19. direct(verb)

    give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction

    "I directed them towards the town hall"

  20. calculate, aim, direct(verb)

    specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

  21. steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise(verb)

    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

  22. address, direct(verb)

    put an address on (an envelope)

  23. mastermind, engineer, direct, organize, organise, orchestrate(adverb)

    plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

    "he masterminded the robbery"

  24. directly, straight, direct(adverb)

    without deviation

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. direct(adjective)ɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-

    ≠ circuitous

    the most direct route; a direct flight to Chicago

  2. directɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-

    honest and saying exactly what you think; = frank

    a little too direct

  3. directɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-

    ≠ indirect

    in direct contact with sb; a direct link between the two theories

  4. direct(adverb)ɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-

    going straight from one place to another

    fly direct to Japan

  5. directɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-

    without involving any other person or thing

    to buy fresh produce direct from the farmers

  6. direct(verb)ɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-

    to make sb or sth the target of

    His comments were directed at his mother.

  7. directɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-

    to guide actors in a movie, play, or TV show

    a movie directed by Ingmar Bergman

  8. directɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-

    to organize and guide the way sth is done

    a manager directing the team's activities

  9. directɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-

    to tell sb which way to go to get somewhere

    I directed them to the hospital.

  10. directɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-

    to order sb to do sth

    The court directed him to pay $1,000.


  1. direct(Verb)

    To manage, control, steer.

  2. direct(Verb)

    To aim at.

  3. direct(Adverb)


  4. direct(Adjective)

    Straight, constant, without interruption.

  5. Origin: From directus, perfect passive participle of dirigo, from dis- + rego.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Direct(adj)

    straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means

  2. Direct(adj)

    straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken

  3. Direct(adj)

    immediate; express; plain; unambiguous

  4. Direct(adj)

    in the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line

  5. Direct(adj)

    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

  6. Direct(verb)

    to arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to direct an arrow or a piece of ordnance

  7. Direct(verb)

    to point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way; as, he directed me to the left-hand road

  8. Direct(verb)

    to determine the direction or course of; to cause to go on in a particular manner; to order in the way to a certain end; to regulate; to govern; as, to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army

  9. Direct(verb)

    to point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go

  10. Direct(verb)

    to put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to superscribe; as, to direct a letter

  11. Direct(verb)

    to give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide

  12. Direct(noun)

    a character, thus [/], placed at the end of a staff on the line or space of the first note of the next staff, to apprise the performer of its situation


  1. Direct

    Direct is a 1988 album by the Greek synthesizer artist Vangelis. The album marks a new development in Vangelis' music, employing a somewhat more popular format. After Mask and Invisible Connections there was a brief pause of album work, during which Vangelis moved his creative base from London to Greece, and was involved in theatre work. The album sleeve mentions that Vangelis called the album "Direct" to reflect his way of composing, in which the process of composition and recording occurs simultaneously, with few overdubs. This process was largely facilitated by the use of custom midi performance systems designed for Vangelis by technicians Bill Marshall and Pete Kellock, as well as the commercially available Zyklus MPS which was also developed by Marshall and Kellock. According to the sleeve, Direct was to be the first of a series of albums along the same musical approach. The album is almost completely instrumental, employing mainly synthesizers and drum machines. Operatic vocals on "Glorianna" are performed by the Greek mezzo-soprano Markella Hatziano. The male narrative on "Intergalactic Radio Station" are performed by technician Casey Young. A bootleg featuring pre-mix versions of some of the tracks on the album is also known to exist.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DIRECT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #941

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DIRECT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1608

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DIRECT' in Verbs Frequency: #372

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DIRECT' in Adjectives Frequency: #113

Anagrams of DIRECT

  1. triced

  2. credit

Translations for DIRECT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


straight; following the quickest and shortest way

Is this the most direct route?

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