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Dictionary definition for: Direct

1. (r) without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake" "went direct to the office"

2. (v) command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework"

3. (a) direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route" "a direct flight" "a direct hit"

4. (s) immediate or direct in bearing or force; having nothing intervening; "in direct sunlight" "in direct contact with the voters" "direct exposure to the disease" "a direct link" "the direct cause of the accident"

5. (v) 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"

6. (a) extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question" "a direct response" "a direct approach"

7. (v) guide the actors in (plays and films)

8. (v) be in charge of

9. (a) in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors" "lineal heirs" "a direct descendant of the king" "direct heredity"

10. (v) take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief" "can you take me to the main entrance?" "He conducted us to the palace"

11. (a) moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth

12. (v) 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"

13. (a) 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)

14. (a) of a current flowing in one direction only; not alternating; "direct current"

15. (v) aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; "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"

16. (v) lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

17. (s) as an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of the accident"

18. (s) in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a direct quotation" "repeated their dialog verbatim"

19. (v) give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; "I directed them towards the town hall"

20. (s) effected directly by action of the voters rather than through elected representatives; "many people favor direct election of the President rather than election by the Electoral College"

21. (v) specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

22. (v) direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

23. (s) exact; "the direct opposite"

24. (v) put an address on (an envelope, for example)

25. (v) plan and direct (a complex undertaking) "he masterminded the robbery"

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