- to manage or guide by advice, helpful information, instruction, etc.: He directed the company through a difficult time.
- to regulate the course of; control: History is directed by a small number of great men and women.
- to administer; manage; supervise: She directs the affairs of the estate.
- to give authoritative instructions to; command; order or ordain: I directed him to leave the room.
- to serve as a director in the production or performance of (a musical work, play, motion picture, etc.).
- to guide, tell, or show (a person) the way to a place: I directed him to the post office.
- to point, aim, or send toward a place or object: to direct radio waves around the globe.
- to channel or focus toward a given result, object, or end (often followed by to or toward): She directed all her energies toward the accomplishment of the work.
- 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.
- to address (a letter, package, etc.) to an intended recipient.
- to act as a guide.
- to give commands or orders.
- to serve as the director of a play, film, orchestra, etc.
- proceeding in a straight line or by the shortest course; straight; undeviating; not oblique: a direct route.
- proceeding in an unbroken line of descent; lineal rather than collateral: a direct descendant.
- (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).
- without intervening persons, influences, factors, etc.; immediate; personal: direct contact with the voters; direct exposure to a disease.
- straightforward; frank; candid: the direct remarks of a forthright individual.
- absolute; exact: the direct opposite.
- consisting exactly of the words originally used; verbatim: direct quotation.
- Government. of or by action of voters, which takes effect without representatives or another intervening agency, as in direct democracy.
- inevitable; consequential: War will be a direct result of such political action.
- allocated for or arising from a particular known agency, process, job, etc.: The new machine was listed by the accountant as a direct cost.
- Electricity. of or relating to direct current.
- Surveying. (of a telescope) in its normal position; not inverted or transited.
- (of dye colors) working without the use of a mordant; substantive.
- in a direct manner; directly; straight: Answer me direct.
Origin of direct
Synonyms for directSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
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
- to regulate, conduct, or control the affairs of
- (also intr) to give commands or orders with authority to (a person or group)he directed them to go away
- to tell or show (someone) the way to a place
- to aim, point, or cause to move towards a goal
- to address (a letter, parcel, etc)
- to address (remarks, words, etc)to direct comments at someone
- (also intr) to provide guidance to (actors, cameramen, etc) in the rehearsal of a play or the filming of a motion picture
- (also intr)
- to conduct (a piece of music or musicians), usually while performing oneself
- another word (esp US) for conduct (def. 9)
- without delay or evasion; straightforwarda direct approach
- without turning aside; uninterrupted; shortest; straighta direct route
- without intervening persons or agencies; immediatea direct link
- honest; frank; candida direct answer
- (usually prenominal) precise; exacta direct quotation
- diametricalthe direct opposite
- in an unbroken line of descent, as from father to son over succeeding generationsa direct descendant
- (of government, decisions, etc) by or from the electorate rather than through representatives
- logic maths (of a proof) progressing from the premises to the conclusion, rather than eliminating the possibility of the falsehood of the conclusionCompare indirect proof
- astronomy moving from west to east on the celestial sphereCompare retrograde (def. 4a)
- 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
- directly; straighthe went direct to the office
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.)).