What does Direct mean?

Definitions for Direct
dɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-di·rect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. directadjective

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

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

  2. direct, unmediatedadjective

    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. directadjective

    straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

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

  4. lineal, directadjective

    in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child

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

  5. directadjective

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

  6. directadjective

    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. directadjective

    (of a current) flowing in one direction only

    "direct current"

  8. directadjective

    being an immediate result or consequence

    "a direct result of the accident"

  9. direct, verbatimadjective

    in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker

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

  10. directverb

    lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact

    "the direct opposite"

  11. directverb

    command with authority

    "He directed the children to do their homework"

  12. target, aim, place, direct, pointverb

    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. directverb

    guide the actors in (plays and films)

  14. directverb

    be in charge of

  15. lead, take, direct, conduct, guideverb

    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, directverb

    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, directverb

    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, directverb

    lead, as in the performance of a composition

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

  19. directverb

    give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction

    "I directed them towards the town hall"

  20. calculate, aim, directverb

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

  21. steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channeliseverb

    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

  22. address, directverb

    put an address on (an envelope)

  23. mastermind, engineer, direct, organize, organise, orchestrateadverb

    plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

    "he masterminded the robbery"

  24. directly, straight, directadverb

    without deviation

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


  1. directverb

    To manage, control, steer.

  2. directverb

    To aim at.

  3. directadverb


  4. directadjective

    Straight, constant, without interruption.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DIRECTadjective

    Etymology: directus, Latin.

    The ships would move in one and the same surface; and consequently must needs encounter when they either advance towards one another in direct lines, or meet in the intersection of cross lines. Richard Bentley, Serm.

    Two geomantic figures were display’d,
    Above his head, a warrior and a maid,
    One when direct, and one when retrograde. John Dryden, Fab.

    Such was as then the state of the king, as it was no time by direct means to seek her. And such was the state of his captivated will, as he would delay no time of seeking her. Philip Sidney.

    He that does this, will be able to cast off all that is superfluous; he will see what is pertinent, what coherent, what is direct to, what slides by the question. John Locke.

    There be, that are in nature faithful and sincere, and plain and direct; not crafty and involved. Francis Bacon, Essay, 21.

    He no where, that I know, says it in direct words. John Locke.

  2. To Directverb

    Etymology: dirigo, directum, Latin

    Two eagles from a mountain’s height,
    By Jove’s command direct their rapid flight. Alexander Pope, Od.

    The spear flew hissing through the middle space,
    And pierc’d his throat, directed at his face. John Dryden, Æn.

    It is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. Jer. x. 23.

    Wisdom is profitable to direct. Ecclus x. 10.

    All that is in a man’s power, is to mind what the ideas are that take their turns in his understanding; or else to direct and sort, and call in such as he desires. John Locke.

    He directeth it under the whole heavens, and his lightening unto the ends of the earth. Job xxxvii. 3.



    DIRECT was a late-2000s proposed alternative super heavy lift launch vehicle architecture supporting NASA's Vision for Space Exploration that would replace the space agency's planned Ares I and Ares V rockets with a family of Shuttle-Derived Launch Vehicles named "Jupiter". It was intended to be the alternative to the Ares I and Ares V rockets which were under development for the Constellation program, intended to develop the Orion spacecraft for use in Earth orbit, the Moon, and Mars.Major benefits were projected from re-using as much hardware and facilities from the Space Shuttle program as possible, including cost savings, experience with existing hardware, and preserving the workforce.


  1. direct

    Direct is an adjective that refers to extending or moving from one place to another without changing direction or stopping. It can also refer to a method of doing something that is the most straightforward, or a way of behaving or speaking that is honest and straightforward. As a verb, direct means to manage or guide by advice, instructions, or control.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Directadjective

    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. Directadjective

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

  3. Directadjective

    immediate; express; plain; unambiguous

  4. Directadjective

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

  5. Directadjective

    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. Directverb

    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. Directverb

    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. Directverb

    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. Directverb

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

  10. Directverb

    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. Directverb

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

  12. Directnoun

    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

  13. Etymology: [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct: cf. F. direct. See Dress, and cf. Dirge.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Direct

    di-rekt′, adj. quite straight: straightforward: in the line of descent: outspoken: sincere: unambiguous: unsophisticated in manner.—v.t. to keep or lay quite straight: to point or aim straightly or correctly: to point out the proper course to: to guide: to order: to mark with the name and residence of a person.—v.i. to act as director.—n. Direc′tion, aim at a certain point: the line of course in which anything moves: guidance: command: the body of persons who guide or manage a matter: the written name and residence of a person.—adjs. Direc′tional; Direct′ive, having power or tendency to direct.—adv. Direct′ly, in a direct manner: without intermediary: immediately (in time and otherwise).—ns. Direct′ness; Direct′or, one who directs: a manager or governor: a counsellor: a father confessor or spiritual guide: part of a machine or instrument which guides its motion:—fem. Direct′ress, Direct′rix.—ns. Direct′orāte, Direct′orship, the office, or a body of, directors.—adjs. Directō′rial; Direct′ory, containing directions: guiding.—n. a body of directions: a guide: a book with the names and residences of the inhabitants of a place: a body of directors: the Directoire, or French Republican government of 1795-99.—n. Direct′rix, a line serving to describe a circle. [L. dirigĕre, directumdi, apart, and regĕre, to rule, to make straight.]

Editors Contribution

  1. direct

    An accurate movement in a specific direction.

    They instruments did direct accurately.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

  2. direct

    To lead or provide leadership.

    The Director was responsible to direct the employees with consultation and respectful communication and planning.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 12, 2020  


  1. Direct

    applied to metamorphosis = incomplete.

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 for Direct »

  1. credit

  2. triced

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Direct in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Direct in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Direct in a Sentence

  1. Steve Cohen:

    This constitutional amendment would limit the President's pardon power to grant a pardon or clemency to himself, his family, his administration officials, or his campaign advisors, it would also prevent pardons for conduct undertaken for a direct and significant personal benefit of the President, the President's family, or Administration officials, and for crimes committed in cooperation with the President.Finally, it ensures that pardons issued for a corrupt purpose are invalid.

  2. Christy Smith:

    I’m calling it what it is. Radicalization and violence from extremists is the direct result of people like my opponent @RepMikeGarcia, mr. Pelosi and the family are owed an apology from you Mike. The people of this country deserve better than your abject degenerate politics.

  3. The Navy:

    The long-term goal is to keep Sailors from the danger of direct exposure to fire.

  4. Mark Carney:

    The Bank is coordinating The Bank actions with those that the Chancellor will announce later today in the budget in order to ensure that our initiatives are complementary and that they will collectively have maximum impact consistent with our independent responsibilities, we have anecdotal evidence that we're building up through our agency network and our direct contacts with businesses, where we have seen a sharp fall in trading conditions, particularly in retail, consumer discretionary items over the course of the last week.

  5. Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry:

    Adding insult to injury, the government charged her with the crime of failing to obey a direct order because she did not remove the Bible verse.

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