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DIRECT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does direct mean? 

DIRECT (adjective)
  The adjective DIRECT has 10 senses:

1. direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short
2. having no intervening persons, agents, conditions
3. extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action
4. in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
5. moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
6. similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity
7. (of a current) flowing in one direction only
8. being an immediate result or consequence
9. in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker
10. lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact

  Familiarity information: DIRECT used as an adjective is familiar.


DIRECT (verb)
  The verb DIRECT has 13 senses:

1. command with authority
2. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
3. guide the actors in (plays and films)
4. be in charge of
5. take somebody somewhere
6. cause to go somewhere
7. aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment
8. lead, as in the performance of a composition
9. give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
10. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
11. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
12. put an address on (an envelope)
13. plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

  Familiarity information: DIRECT used as a verb is familiar.


DIRECT (adverb)
  The adverb DIRECT has 1 sense:

1. without deviation

  Familiarity information: DIRECT used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DIRECT (adjective)


Sense 1direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short

Context examples:

a direct route / a direct flight / a direct hit

Similar:

straightforward (pointed directly ahead)

point-blank (close enough to go straight to the target)

nonstop ((of a journey especially a flight) occurring without stops)

door-to-door ((of e.g. journeys or deliveries) direct from point of origin to point of destination)

undeviating; unswerving (going directly ahead from one point to another without veering or turning aside)

through ((of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes)

Also:

straight (having no deviations)

Attribute:

directness; straightness (trueness of course toward a goal)

Antonym:

indirect (not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination)


Sense 2direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having no intervening persons, agents, conditions

Synonyms:

unmediated; direct

Context examples:

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

Similar:

immediate (having no intervening medium)


Sense 3direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action

Context examples:

a direct question / a direct response / a direct approach

Similar:

upfront (frank and honest)

square; straight; straightforward (without evasion or compromise)

pointed (direct and obvious in meaning or reference; often unpleasant)

plain; unvarnished (free from any effort to soften to disguise)

no-nonsense (not tolerating irrelevancies)

man-to-man (forthright and honest)

flat-footed (without reservation)

blunt; candid; forthright; frank; free-spoken; outspoken; plainspoken; point-blank; straight-from-the-shoulder (characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion)

bluff (bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured)

Also:

honest; honorable (not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent)

Antonym:

indirect (extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action)


Sense 4direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child

Synonyms:

lineal; direct

Context examples:

lineal ancestors / lineal heirs / a direct descendant of the king / direct heredity

Similar:

matrilineal; matrilinear (based on or tracing descent through the female line)

patrilineal; patrilinear (based on or tracing descent through the male line)

unilateral; unilateralist (tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only)

Also:

related (connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage)


Sense 5direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth

Domain category:

astronomy; uranology (the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole)

Antonym:

retrograde (moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth)


Sense 6direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity

Context example:

a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)

Antonym:

inverse (opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity)


Sense 7direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of a current) flowing in one direction only

Context example:

direct current

Domain category:

electricity (a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons)

Antonym:

alternating ((of a current) reversing direction)


Sense 8direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being an immediate result or consequence

Context example:

a direct result of the accident

Similar:

primary (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondhand)


Sense 9direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker

Synonyms:

verbatim; direct

Context examples:

a direct quotation / repeated their dialog verbatim

Similar:

exact (marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact)


Sense 10direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact

Context example:

the direct opposite

Similar:

absolute (perfect or complete or pure)


DIRECT (verb)


Sense 1direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Command with authority

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

He directed the children to do their homework

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

enjoin; order; say; tell (give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "direct"):

stet (printing: direct that a matter marked for omission or correction is to be retained (used in the imperative))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They direct him to write the letter


Sense 2direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

target; direct; aim; place; point

Context examples:

He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face / criticism directed at her superior / direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

aim; direct; take; take aim; train (aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "direct"):

address (direct a question at someone)

home in; range in; zero in (direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Guide the actors in (plays and films)

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

create; make (make or cause to be or to become)

Domain category:

performing arts (arts or skills that require public performance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "direct"):

stage direct (direct for the stage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue direct the movie


Sense 4direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be in charge of

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

care; deal; handle; manage (be in charge of, act on, or dispose of)

Cause:

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "direct"):

give; have; hold; make; throw (organize or be responsible for)

guide; steer (be a guiding force, as with directions or advice)

head; lead (be in charge of)

operate; run (direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take somebody somewhere

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

lead; guide; take; conduct; direct

Context examples:

We lead him to our chief / can you take me to the main entrance? / He conducted us to the palace

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "direct"):

show; usher (show (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums)

lead astray; misdirect; misguide; mislead (lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions)

hand (guide or conduct or usher somewhere)

beacon (guide with a beacon)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 6direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to go somewhere

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

send; direct

Context examples:

The explosion sent the car flying in the air / She sent her children to camp / He directed all his energies into his dissertation

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "direct"):

blow (cause air to go in, on, or through)

airt; redirect (channel into a new direction)

refer (send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision)

route (send via a specific route)

divert (send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one)

turn (to send or let go)

turn (channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something)

cast; contrive; project; throw (put or send forth)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 7direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

aim; take aim; train; direct; take

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

position (cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "direct"):

level (aim at)

charge; level; point (direct into a position for use)

swing (hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement)

turn (direct at someone)

hold (aim, point, or direct)

draw a bead on (aim with a gun)

aim; direct; place; point; target (intend (something) to move towards a certain goal)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 8direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lead, as in the performance of a composition

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

conduct; direct; lead

Context example:

conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

do; execute; perform (carry out or perform an action)

Domain category:

music (musical activity (singing or whistling etc.))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 9direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

I directed them towards the town hall

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

apprise; apprize; instruct (make aware of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "direct"):

talk down (direct and control (the flight of an airplane during landing) via radio)

point the way (indicate the right path or direction)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP


Sense 10direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

aim; calculate; direct

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

designate; destine; intend; specify (design or destine)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 11direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

steer; maneuver; guide; channelize; channelise; manoeuver; manoeuvre; point; head; direct

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

command; control (exercise authoritative control or power over)

Domain category:

driving (the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "direct"):

conn (conduct or direct the steering of a ship or plane)

navigate; pilot (act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance)

canalise; canalize; channel (direct the flow of)

corner; tree (force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape)

park (maneuver a vehicle into a parking space)

starboard (turn to the right, of helms or rudders)

stand out (steer away from shore, of ships)

dock (haul into a dock)

sheer (cause to sheer)

pull over (steer a vehicle to the side of the road)

crab (direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind)

navigate (direct carefully and safely)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 12direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put an address on (an envelope)

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

address; direct

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

label (assign a label to; designate with a label)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "direct"):

re-address (put a new address on (an envelope), as for forwarding)

instrument (address a legal document to)

misaddress; misdirect (put a wrong address on)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 13direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

mastermind; engineer; orchestrate; organize; organise; direct

Context example:

he masterminded the robbery

Hypernyms (to "direct" is one way to...):

plan (make plans for something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "direct"):

choreograph (plan and oversee the development and details of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


DIRECT (adverb)


Sense 1direct [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Without deviation

Synonyms:

direct; directly; straight

Context examples:

the path leads directly to the lake / went direct to the office


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