direct

di|rect1 [ dı`rekt, daı`rekt ] adjective ***
▸ 1 not involving others
▸ 2 going straight to place
▸ 3 clear and honest
▸ 4 exact
▸ 5 with full force
▸ 6 related through parents
1. ) usually before noun involving only the two people or things mentioned and with no one or nothing else coming in between:
Employees have little direct contact with management.
Only a few of us have direct access to the files.
Their study found a direct link between poverty and crime.
Companies have closed as a direct result of the new law.
2. ) going straight to a place and not stopping or changing direction on the way there:
direct flights from San Francisco to Tokyo
There is a more direct route straight up the interstate.
The building had taken a direct hit and was completely destroyed.
3. ) saying what you really think in a very clear and honest way:
I love New Yorkers they're sharp, funny, and direct.
She's refused to answer direct questions about her plans for the company.
4. ) exact:
That's a direct quote from the man himself.
Martin's brother is his direct opposite in character.
The rewards will be in direct proportion to the work you put in.
5. ) usually before noun direct heat or light comes straight at a person or object and is not reflected or reduced in strength:
Plant in a shady position away from direct sunlight.
6. ) only before noun related through your parents, grandparents, etc. and not through other relatives such as UNCLES or AUNTS:
Steve says he's a direct descendant of William Shakespeare.
direct
di|rect 2 [ dı`rekt, daı`rekt ] verb transitive ***
1. ) to aim something at a particular person or thing:
direct something at/to/toward/into/against etc. someone/something: The incident directed public attention to pollution in the North Sea.
Our efforts are primarily directed toward helping children who live in poverty.
All of his energy was directed into his art.
increasing levels of violence directed against people and property
At the time, all the criticism was directed at her instead of me.
2. ) to control or organize how a person or group of people does something:
The manager's job is mainly to direct the activities of others.
With the help of advisers, the President will direct military operations.
a ) FORMAL to order someone to do something:
Take the pills as directed by your doctor.
The jury was directed to disregard everything Robinson had said.
direct (that): The judge directed they be found not guilty.
b ) to be in charge of making a movie or program, or getting a play ready for performance, especially by telling the actors and technical staff what to do
─ compare PRODUCE
3. ) to tell or show someone the way to a place or where to go by giving them instructions or pointing:
A policeman was injured while directing traffic.
direct someone to something: Could you direct me to the bus station?
direct
di|rect 3 [ dı`rekt, daı`rekt ] adverb *
1. ) going straight to a place and not stopping or changing direction on the way there:
All the major airlines fly direct to Los Angeles.
2. ) in a way that involves only the two people or things mentioned, with no one or nothing else coming in between:
I decided to talk to the manager direct.
You can buy direct from the manufacturer.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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