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).
- dire dawa,
- dire wolf,
- direc. prop.,
- direct access,
- direct action,
- direct address,
- direct broadcast satellite,
- direct characterization
Origin of direct
Examples from the Web for 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|Kyle Chayka|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Idiocies multiply in direct proportion to the accumulating legal rigidities.
Direct funds away from practices, policies, and programs that consistently fail to achieve measurable outcomes.
It would be inaccurate though to call SIX a direct antidote to ALEC.
Part of that, Dr. Khan says, was a direct result of the global trekking PepsiCo is doing.
I believe them to have been the direct suggestion of the devil.
During the summer months they should be protected from the direct rays of the sun, and kept well syringed.Talks about Flowers.|M. D. Wellcome
New value will be given to craftsmanship and a sense of dedication—now almost unknown—to those who direct it.The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day|Evelyn Underhill
There is no direct charge conveyed by Mr. Knox, but there is evidently expressed the language of doubt and surmise.The Works of William Cowper|William Cowper
Such competition, although simple and direct, recognizes no national bounds.Railroads: Rates and Regulations|William Z. Ripley
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.)).