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If one thing or person interacts directly with another thing or person, there is nothing or nobody between them.
Instead of saying that you receive something 'directly' from someone, you can say that you receive it direct from them.
Similarly, instead of saying that one person writes 'directly' to another, you can say that they write direct to them.
If you go directly to a place, you go there by the shortest possible route, without stopping anywhere else.
You can also say that someone goes direct to a place.
If you can travel to a place by one plane, train, or bus, without changing to another plane, train, or bus, don't say that you can go there 'directly'. You say that you can go there direct.
If you look straight at a person or thing, you can say that you are looking directly at them.
Don't use 'direct' with this meaning.
If something is directly above, below, opposite, or in front of something else, it is exactly in that position.
Don't use 'direct' with this meaning.
If something happens directly after something else, it happens immediately after it.
In British English (but not American English), directly is also used as a conjunction to say that one thing happens immediately after another.
Don't use 'direct' with this meaning.
Past participle: directed
|Verb||1.||direct - command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework"|
order, enjoin, tell, say - give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
stet - printing: direct that a matter marked for omission or correction is to be retained (used in the imperative)
|2.||direct - 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"|
address - direct a question at someone
aim, take aim, train, direct, take - 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"
|3.||direct - guide the actors in (plays and films)|
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
stage direct - direct for the stage
|4.||direct - be in charge of|
hold, give, have, throw, make - organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
handle, manage, care, deal - be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"
guide, steer - be a guiding or motivating force or drive; "The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses"
operate, run - direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
administer - direct the taking of; "administer an exam"; "administer an oath"
|5.||direct - take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"|
beacon - guide with a beacon
hand - guide or conduct or usher somewhere; "hand the elderly lady into the taxi"
misguide, mislead, lead astray, misdirect - lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions; "The pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver"
|6.||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"|
cast, contrive, throw, project - put or send forth; "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
turn - channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something; "The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction"; "people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium"
turn - to send or let go; "They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"
divert - send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one
route - send via a specific route
refer - send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision; "refer a patient to a specialist"; "refer a bill to a committee"
airt, redirect - channel into a new direction; "redirect your attention to the danger from the fundamentalists"
blow - cause air to go in, on, or through; "Blow my hair dry"
|7.||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"|
target, direct, aim, place, 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"
draw a bead on - aim with a gun; "The hunter drew a bead on the rabbit"
hold - aim, point, or direct; "Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"
turn - direct at someone; "She turned a smile on me"; "They turned their flashlights on the car"
swing - hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement; "The soccer player began to swing at the referee"
level - aim at; "level criticism or charges at somebody"
position - cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
sight - take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)
|8.||direct - lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"|
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
perform, do, execute - carry out or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance"
conduct - lead musicians in the performance of; "Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor"; "she cannot conduct modern pieces"
|9.||direct - give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; "I directed them towards the town hall"|
talk down - direct and control (the flight of an airplane during landing) via radio; "the control tower talked down the plane whose pilot fell ill"
point the way - indicate the right path or direction; "The sign pointed the way to London"
|10.||direct - specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public|
|11.||direct - direct the course; determine the direction of travelling|
dock - maneuver into a dock; "dock the ships"
sheer - cause to sheer; "She sheered her car around the obstacle"
pull over - steer a vehicle to the side of the road; "The car pulled over when the ambulance approached at high speed"
helm - be at or take the helm of; "helm the ship"
crab - direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
navigate - direct carefully and safely; "He navigated his way to the altar"
stand out - steer away from shore, of ships
starboard - turn to the right, of helms or rudders
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; "Is anyone volunteering to navigate during the trip?"; "Who was navigating the ship during the accident?"
park - maneuver a vehicle into a parking space; "Park the car in front of the library"; "Can you park right here?"
|12.||direct - put an address on (an envelope)|
instrument - address a legal document to
re-address - put a new address on (an envelope), as for forwarding
label - assign a label to; designate with a label; "These students were labelled `learning disabled'"
|13.||direct - plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery"|
plan - make plans for something; "He is planning a trip with his family"
choreograph - plan and oversee the development and details of; "The meeting between the two Presidents had been carefully choreographed"
|Adj.||1.||direct - direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit"|
straight - having no deviations; "straight lines"; "straight roads across the desert"; "straight teeth"; "straight shoulders"
indirect - not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing"
|2.||direct - 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"|
immediate - having no intervening medium; "an immediate influence"
|3.||direct - straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"|
honest, honorable - not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent; "honest lawyers"; "honest reporting"
indirect - extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow"
|4.||direct - in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"|
related - connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
|5.||direct - moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth|
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
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
|6.||direct - 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)"|
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
inverse - opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity ; "a term is in inverse proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other decreases (or increases)"
|7.||direct - (of a current) flowing in one direction only; "direct current"|
electricity - a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons
alternating - (of a current) reversing direction; "alternating current"
|8.||direct - being an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of the accident"|
primary - of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary; "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest"
|9.||direct - in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim"|
exact - marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact; "an exact mind"; "an exact copy"; "hit the exact center of the target"
|10.||direct - lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact; "the direct opposite"|
absolute - perfect or complete or pure; "absolute loyalty"; "absolute silence"; "absolute truth"; "absolute alcohol"
|Adv.||1.||direct - without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"|
clear indirect, ambiguous, circuitous
straightforward subtle, crooked, indirect, sly, devious, circuitous
"keep away from direct heat" → "no exponer directamente al calor"
to make a direct hit → dar en el blanco
he's the direct opposite → es exactamente el contrario
we fly direct to Santiago → volamos directo or directamente a Santiago
direct action N → acción f directa
direct advertising N → publicidad f directa
direct cost N → costo m directo
direct current N (Elec) → corriente f continua
direct debit N → pago m a la orden
direct debiting N → domiciliación f (de pagos)
direct dialling N → servicio m (telefónico) automático, discado m directo (LAm)
direct free kick N → golpe m libre directo
direct grant school N (Brit) (o.f.) → escuela f subvencionada
direct mail N → publicidad f por correo, correspondencia f directa
direct mail shot N (Brit) → campaña f publicitaria por correo, mailing m
direct marketing N → márketing m directo
direct object N (Gram) → complemento m directo
direct rule N → gobierno m directo
direct selling N → ventas fpl directas
direct speech N (Ling) → estilo m directo
direct tax N → impuesto m directo
direct taxation N → tributación f directa
to direct sb to sth → indiquer à qn le chemin de qch
Can you direct me to ... ? → Pouvez-vous m'indiquer le chemin de ... ?
to come direct from somewhere → venir directement de quelque part
to fly direct → avoir un vol direct
You can't fly to Marseilles direct from Manchester → Il n'y a pas de vols directs de Manchester à Marseille.
to deal direct with sb → traiter directement avec qndirect action n → action f directedirect current n (ELECTRICITY, ELECTRONICS) → courant m continudirect debit n → prélèvement m automatiquedirect discourse n (mainly US) (GRAMMAR) → discours m direct, style m directdirect hit n (MILITARY) → coup m au but
direct object (Gram) → complemento oggetto
to be a direct descendant of → discendere in linea diretta da
the direct opposite of → esattamente il contrario di
to make a direct hit → colpire in pieno
can you direct me to the station? → può indicarmi la strada per la stazione?