"direct" in the verb sense
command with authority
"He directed the children to do their homework"
2. target, aim, place, direct, point
intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
"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
5. lead, take, direct, conduct, guide
take somebody somewhere
"We lead him to our chief"
"can you take me to the main entrance?"
"He conducted us to the palace"
6. send, direct
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"
7. aim, take, train, take aim, direct
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
"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"
8. conduct, lead, direct
lead, as in the performance of a composition Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
"conduct an orchestra
give directions to point somebody into a certain direction
"I directed them towards the town hall"
10. calculate, aim, direct
specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
11. steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise
direct the course determine the direction of travelling
12. address, direct
put an address on (an envelope)
13. mastermind, engineer, direct, organize, organise, orchestrate
plan and direct (a complex undertaking
"he masterminded the robbery"
"direct" in the adjective sense
direct in spatial dimensions proceeding without deviation or interruption straight and short
"a direct route"
"a direct flight"
"a direct hit"
2. direct, unmediated
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"
straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
"a direct question"
"a direct response"
"a direct approach"
4. lineal, direct
in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
"a direct descendant of the king"
moving from west to east on the celestial sphere or
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)"
of a current) flowing in one direction only
being an immediate result or consequence
"a direct result of the accident"
9. direct, verbatim
in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker
"a direct quotation"
"repeated their dialog verbatim"
lacking compromising or mitigating elements exact
"the direct opposite"
"direct" in the adverb sense
1. directly, straight, direct
"the path leads directly to the lake"
"went direct to the office"
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