direct Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb command with authority
- He directed the children to do their homework
verb intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
aim; point; place; target.
- He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face
- criticism directed at her superior
- direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself
verb guide the actors in (plays and films)
verb be in charge of
verb take somebody somewhere
guide; conduct; take; lead.
- We lead him to our chief
- can you take me to the main entrance?
- He conducted us to the palace
verb 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
verb point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
aim; train; take; take aim.
- 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
verb lead, as in the performance of a composition; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
- conduct an orchestra
verb give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
- I directed them towards the town hall
verb specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
verb direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
maneuver; head; point; guide; channelise; manoeuvre; channelize; manoeuver; steer.
verb put an address on (an envelope)
verb plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
organize; organise; engineer; mastermind; orchestrate.
- he masterminded the robbery
adjective direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short
- a direct route
- a direct flight
- a direct hit
adjective satellite 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
adjective straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
- a direct question
- a direct response
- a direct approach
adjective in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
- lineal ancestors
- lineal heirs
- a direct descendant of the king
- direct heredity
adjective moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
adjective 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)
adjective (of a current) flowing in one direction only
- direct current
adjective satellite being an immediate result or consequence
- a direct result of the accident
adjective satellite in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker
- a direct quotation
- repeated their dialog verbatim
adjective satellite lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact
- the direct opposite
adverb without deviation
- the path leads directly to the lake
- went direct to the office
Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a directline; directmeans.
What is direct to, what slides by, the question. Locke.
Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
Be even and direct with me. Shak.
Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
He howhere, that I know, says it in direct words. Locke.
A direct and avowed interference with elections. Hallam.
In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the. directline
(Astron.) 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.
Di*rect" transitive verb
To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to. directan arrow or a piece of ordnance
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. directedme to the left-hand road
The Lord direct your into the love of God. 2 Thess. iii. 5.
The next points to which I will direct your attention. Lubbock.
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. directthe affairs of a nation or the movements of an army
I will direct their work in truth. Is. lxi. 8.
To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he. directedthem to go
I 'll first direct my men what they shall do. Shak.
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. directa letter Syn. -- To guide; lead; conduct; dispose; manage; regulate; order; instruct; command.
Di*rect" intransitive verb
To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
Wisdom is profitable to direct. Eccl. x. 10.
(Mus.) 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.Moore (Encyc. of Music).
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