(1)   Lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact
"The direct opposite"
(2)   Direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short
"A direct route"
"A direct flight"
"A direct hit"
(3)   (of a current) flowing in one direction only
"Direct current"
(4)   Extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action
"A direct question"
"A direct response"
"A direct approach"
(5)   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)"
(6)   Moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
(7)   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"
(8)   In precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker
"A direct quotation"
"Repeated their dialog verbatim"
(9)   In a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
"Lineal ancestors"
"Lineal heirs"
"A direct descendant of the king"
"Direct heredity"
(10)   Being an immediate result or consequence
"A direct result of the accident"


(11)   Without deviation
"The path leads directly to the lake"
"Went direct to the office"


(12)   Plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
"He masterminded the robbery"
(13)   Specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
(14)   Command with authority
"He directed the children to do their homework"
(15)   Give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
"I directed them towards the town hall"
(16)   Put an address on (an envelope)
(17)   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"
(18)   Aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment
"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"
(19)   Guide the actors in (plays and films)
(20)   Lead, as in the performance of a composition
"Conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
(21)   Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
(22)   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"
(23)   Take somebody somewhere
"We lead him to our chief"
"Can you take me to the main entrance?"
"He conducted us to the palace"
(24)   Be in charge of


From , perfect passive participle of , from + .


  1. To manage, control, steer.
  2. To aim at.
    They directed their fire towards the men on the wall.
    He directed his question to the room in general.

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