Definition of "direct" []

  • To manage or conduct the affairs of; regulate. (verb-transitive)
  • To have or take charge of; control. See Synonyms at conduct. (verb-transitive)
  • To give authoritative instructions to: directed the student to answer. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to move toward a goal; aim. See Synonyms at aim. (verb-transitive)
  • To show or indicate the way for: directed us to the airport. (verb-transitive)
  • To regulate, conduct, or control the affairs of (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To give commands or orders with authority to (a person or group) (verb)
  • To tell or show (someone) the way to a place (verb)
  • To aim, point, or cause to move towards a goal (verb)
  • To address (a letter, parcel, etc) (verb)
  • To address (remarks, words, etc) (verb)
  • To provide guidance to (actors, cameramen, etc) in the rehearsal of a play or the filming of a motion picture (verb)
  • To conduct (a piece of music or musicians), usually while performing oneself (verb)
  • Without delay or evasion; straightforward (adjective)
  • Without turning aside; uninterrupted; shortest; straight (adjective)
  • Without intervening persons or agencies; immediate (adjective)
  • Honest; frank; candid (adjective)
  • Precise; exact (adjective)
  • Diametrical (adjective)
  • In an unbroken line of descent, as from father to son over succeeding generations (adjective)
  • (of government, decisions, etc) by or from the electorate rather than through representatives (adjective)
  • (of a proof) progressing from the premises to the conclusion, rather than eliminating the possibility of the falsehood of the conclusion (adjective)
  • Moving from west to east on the celestial sphere (adjective)
  • Of or relating to direct current (adjective)
  • (of a secondary induced current) having the same direction as the primary current (adjective)
  • (of motion) in the same direction (adjective)
  • (of an interval or chord) in root position; not inverted (adjective)
  • Directly; straight (adverb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "direct" in a sentence
  • "Diary Entry by Ross Levin (about the author) yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Action Alert: Money bomb today to fund a documentary about direct democracy, plus other activism'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'There\'s been a lot of talk about \'direct democracy\' since Obama was elected - about how his campaign involved people at a level never before seen in national politics, how his White House has been using online programs to get peoples\ 'input, and so on."
  • "-- _Rewrite these same sentences, changing the direct quotations and questions to indirect, and the indirect to direct_."
  • "If there are any who imagine, that positive and direct evidence is absolutely necessary to conviction, they are much mistaken; it is a mistake, I believe, very common with those who commit offences: they fancy that they are secure because they are not seen at the moment; but you may prove their guilt as conclusively, perhaps even more satisfactorily, by _circumstantial evidence_, as by any _direct evidence_ that can possibly be given."