What is the meaning of direct?


  • Command with authority.
    • usage: "He directed the children to do their homework"
  • Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal.
    • usage: "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
  • Guide the actors in (plays and films. )
  • Be in charge of.
  • Take somebody somewhere.
    • usage: "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance"; "He conducted us to the palace"
  • Cause to go somewhere.
    • usage: "The explosion sent the car flying in the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed all his energies into his dissertation"
  • Point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards.
    • usage: "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"
  • Lead, as in the performance of a composition.
    • usage: "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  • Give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction.
    • usage: "I directed them towards the town hall"
  • Specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public.
  • Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling.
  • Put an address on (an envelope.
  • Plan and direct (a complex undertaking. )
    • usage: "he masterminded the robbery"


  • Direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short.
    • usage: "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit"
  • Having no intervening persons, agents, conditions.
    • usage: "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"
  • Straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action.
    • usage: "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"
  • In a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child.
    • usage: "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"
  • Moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or-for planets-around the sun in the same direction as the Earth.
  • Similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity)
    • usage: "a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases. "
  • Of a current. ( flowing in one direction only)
    • usage: "direct current"
  • Being an immediate result or consequence.
    • usage: "a direct result of the accident"
  • In precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker.
    • usage: "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim"
  • Lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact.
    • usage: "the direct opposite"


  • Without deviation.
    • usage: "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"
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APAWordNet. (2010). direct. Retrieved March 26, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/direct/definitions/1172481
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "direct" http://smartdefine.org/direct/definitions/1172481 (accessed March 26, 2019).
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MLAWordNet. "direct" 23 October 2010. Web. 26 March 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/direct/definitions/1172481>
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