verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- (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.Compare inverse(def 2).
Origin of direct
Synonyms for direct
Related Words for directunambiguous, straightforward, sincere, unequivocal, explicit, candid, blunt, forthright, continuous, personal, immediate, control, handle, lead, conduct, keep, supervise, run, advise, operate
Examples from the Web for direct
Contemporary Examples of direct
If someone wants to ensure a direct and secure connection, no entity, whether a hotel or otherwise, should be able to block it.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
The twang we hear as emblematic of white country music is actually the direct descendant of black folk music banjo.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
Idiocies multiply in direct proportion to the accumulating legal rigidities.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Direct funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?
Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle
December 23, 2014
It would be inaccurate though to call SIX a direct antidote to ALEC.The Left’s Answer to ALEC
December 15, 2014
Historical Examples of direct
Tell her, that she must direct herself to her brother for any favour she has to ask.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I prayed for forgiveness, and asked God to direct and protect me.
Prayerfully I considered my situation and asked God's help to direct me.
It was filled, not with direct complaints, but a general grumble.Weighed and Wanting
He had none of the direct, passionate, conscienceless resolution of Laertes.The Man Shakespeare
verb (mainly tr)
- to conduct (a piece of music or musicians), usually while performing oneself
- another word (esp US) for conduct (def. 9)
- of or relating to direct current
- (of a secondary induced current) having the same direction as the primary current
- (of motion) in the same directionSee motion (def. 9)
- (of an interval or chord) in root position; not inverted
Word Origin for direct
late 14c., "to write (to someone), to address," from Latin directus "straight," past participle of dirigere "set straight," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + regere "to guide" (see regal). Cf. dress; address.
Meaning "to govern, regulate" is from c.1500; "to order, ordain" is from 1650s. Sense of "to write the destination on the outside of a letter" is from 16c. Of plays, films, etc., from 1913. Related: Directed; directing.
late 14c., from Latin directus "straight," past participle of dirigere "set straight" (see direct (v.)).