[ UK /da‍ɪɹˈɛkt/ ]
[ US /daɪˈɹɛkt, dɝˈɛkt, dɪˈɹɛkt/ ]
  1. give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
    I directed them towards the town hall
  2. command with authority
    He directed the children to do their homework
  3. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
  4. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
    criticism directed at her superior
    He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face
    direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself
  5. cause to go somewhere
    He directed all his energies into his dissertation
    She sent her children to camp
    The explosion sent the car flying in the air
  6. point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
    He trained his gun on the burglar
    Take a swipe at one's opponent
    Please don't aim at your little brother!
    Don't train your camera on the women
  7. lead, as in the performance of a composition
    conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years
  8. guide the actors in (plays and films)
  9. be in charge of
  10. plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
    he masterminded the robbery
  11. take somebody somewhere
    can you take me to the main entrance?
    We lead him to our chief
    He conducted us to the palace
  12. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
  13. put an address on (an envelope)
  1. without deviation
    went direct to the office
    the path leads directly to the lake
  1. lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact
    the direct opposite
  2. having no intervening persons, agents, conditions
    direct vote
    in direct contact with the voters
    in direct sunlight
    direct exposure to the disease
    a direct link
    the direct cause of the accident
  3. in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
    lineal ancestors
    a direct descendant of the king
    direct heredity
    lineal heirs
  4. (of a current) flowing in one direction only
    direct current
  5. in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker
    a direct quotation
    repeated their dialog verbatim
  6. being an immediate result or consequence
    a direct result of the accident
  7. direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short
    a direct route
    a direct flight
    a direct hit
  8. moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
  9. 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)
  10. straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
    a direct approach
    a direct response
    a direct question
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How To Use direct In A Sentence

  • Smith, who is also a director of Norwich City Football Club, said her CBE was a "very, very great honour". BBC News | News Front Page | UK Edition
  • Their dried dung is found everywhere, and is in many places the only fuel afforded by the plains; their skulls, which last longer than any other part of the animal, are among the most familiar of objects to the plainsman; their bones are in many districts so plentiful that it has become a regular industry, followed by hundreds of men (christened "bone hunters" by the frontiersmen), to go out with wagons and collect them in great numbers for the sake of the phosphates they yield; and Bad Lands, plateaus, and prairies alike, are cut up in all directions by the deep ruts which were formerly buffalo trails. VIII. The Lordly Buffalo
  • A specially designed speculum is used to help direct the injection into the G-spot, with effects lasting around four months. G Marks The Spot
  • He will remain affiliated with the firm as a special associate director.
  • Roderick Little, a University of Michigan biostatistician, will become associate director for statistical methodology and standards at the Census Bureau beginning in September. Robert Groves Names Roderick Little, U Of Mich. Statistician, To New Census Post
  • The old rates were at least indirectly related to income; the new tax takes no account of a person's ability to pay.
  • Hesher (Director: Spencer Susser; Screenwriters: Spencer Susser and David Michod; Story by Brian Charles Frank) — A mysterious, anarchical trickster descends on the lives of a family struggling to deal with a painful loss. Sundance 2010 Competition Lineup Arrives, And Here Are Some Highlights » MTV Movies Blog
  • I did not have intent to imply that homeschooling is like public school, but that public school directs what a child learns and when and unschooling does not. What do we teach our kids? | Johnny B. Truant
  • Sjogren's syndrome "targets and destroys over time the exocrine glands responsible for tear production and saliva -- and is characterized by dryness of the mouth and eyes," said Dr. Michael Belmont, an associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at NYU Langone Medical Center and medical director for Hospital for Joint Diseases. Why Sjogren's syndrome caused Williams to quit U.S. open
  • You should need some extreme persuasion - far more than the directors say-so in the accounts - to decide that a company bleeding cash might be turning a profit.
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