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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb direct:


The word direct is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective direct

What does direct mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more direct / directer | most direct / directest

  1. direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short
  2. having no intervening persons, agents, conditions
    • examples: 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
    • synonym of direct: unmediated
    • similar: immediate
  3. straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
  4. in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
  5. moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
  6. similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity
    • example: a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)
    • domain: math / mathematics / maths
    • antonym: inverse
  7. (of a current) flowing in one direction only
  8. being an immediate result or consequence
    • example: a direct result of the accident
    • similar: primary
  9. in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker
    • example: a direct quotation
    • synonym of direct: verbatim
    • similar: exact
  10. lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact
    • example: the direct opposite
    • similar: absolute

Alternative definition of the adjective direct


  1. Straight, constant, without interruption.

Specialised definition of the adjective direct

Glossary of sports / fencing

descriptive of an action in which the blade is not passed under or over the opponent's blade

Glossary of sports / freestyle skiing

descriptive of a route taken straight down the fall line

Definition of the adverb direct

What does direct mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. without deviation

Alternative definition of the adverb direct


  1. See Directly.

Definition of the verb direct

What does direct mean as a doing word?

Direct is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: directed | directing | directs

  1. command with authority
    • examples: He directed the children to do their homework | They direct him to write the letter
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: enjoin / order / say / tell = give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
    • more specific word: stet = printing: direct that a matter marked for omission or correction is to be retained
  2. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
    • examples: criticism directed at her superior | direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of direct: aim / place / point / target
    • more generic terms: aim / take / take aim / train = point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
    • more specific terms:
  3. guide the actors in (plays and films)
    • example: Sam and Sue direct the movie
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Sandy sang
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Sandy sang a song
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Sandy sang a song for me
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] to [Beneficiary]Sandy sang a song to me

      Verbs of Creation and Transformation (with the same syntax): chant, enact, improvise, intone, perform.

    • domain: performing arts
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become
    • more specific term: stage direct = direct for the stage
  4. be in charge of
  5. take somebody somewhere
  6. cause to go somewhere
    • example: He directed all his energies into his dissertation
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of direct: send
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • more specific words:
      • contrive / project / throw / cast = put or send forth
      • turn = channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something
      • turn = to send or let go
      • 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
      • redirect / airt = channel into a new direction
      • blow = cause air to go in, on, or through
  7. point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of direct: aim / take / take aim / train
    • more generic word: position = cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
    • more specific terms:
  8. lead, as in the performance of a composition
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of direct: conduct / lead
    • more generic words: do / execute / perform = carry out or perform an action
  9. give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
    • example: I directed them towards the town hall
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: apprise / apprize / instruct = make aware of
    • more specific terms:
      • talk down = direct and control (the flight of an airplane during landing) via radio
      • point the way = indicate the right path or direction
  10. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
  11. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of direct: channelise / channelize / guide / head / maneuver / manoeuver / manoeuvre / point / steer
    • more generic words: command / control = exercise authoritative control or power over
    • more specific terms:
      • dock = maneuver into a dock
      • sheer = cause to sheer
      • pull over = steer a vehicle to the side of the road
      • helm = be at or take the helm of
      • crab = direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind
      • navigate = direct carefully and safely
      • 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
      • channel = direct the flow of
      • corner / tree = force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
      • park = maneuver a vehicle into a parking space
  12. put an address on (an envelope)
  13. plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

Alternative definition of the verb direct


  1. To manage, control, steer.
  2. To aim at.


Who is Direct?

Direct a.k.a. Joey Beltram is an American DJ and record producer, best known for the pioneering recordings "Energy Flash" and "Mentasm".


  1. "Direct" is a 1988 album by the Greek synthesizer artist Vangelis. The album marks a new development in Vangelis' music, employing a somewhat more popular format. After Mask and Invisible Connections there was a brief pause of album work, during which Vangelis moved his creative base from London to Greece, and was involved in theatre work.
  2. "Direct" is a 1981 live in-studio album by Tower of Power. It was their only album for the direct-to-disc record label Sheffield Lab. It also marked the return of original guitarist Willie James Fulton, not heard from since 1972's Bump City, and the last album to feature saxophonist Lenny Pickett. Mark Sanders plays drums on this album. Between this album and their 1987 comeback album Power they would record the sessions that later became the Dinosaur Tracks CD. Besides that, save for the original single release of "Simple As That", this would be their last new release until 1987. It contained mostly songs from their previous albums but included new stuff as well.
  3. "Direct" is the title of The 77s' second EP, released in 2002 on the band's own Fools of the World label.
  4. "Direct" is a musical album of Factor E.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  5. "Direct" is a musical album of Esa Pietilä Trio.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  6. "Direct" is a composition.


  1. DIRECT was a late-2000s proposed alternative heavy lift launch vehicle architecture supporting NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, which would replace the space agency's planned Ares I and Ares V rockets. The family of Shuttle-Derived Launch Vehicles are named "Jupiter".
  2. Direct: As an immediate result; having nothing intervening; without deviation or interruption.

Phrases with Direct

  1. Direct Cut
  2. direct dye
  3. direct sum
  4. direct tax
  5. direct fire
  6. direct loan
  7. direct mail
  8. direct tide
  9. Direct Verb
  10. Direct-Verb
  11. Direct debit
  12. direct trust
  13. direct action
  14. direct flight
  15. direct mailer
  16. direct object
  17. Direct speech
  18. Direct-Object
  19. direct antonym
  20. stage direct

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Direct

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Google previewA Dictionary of Business and Management (2016)

by Jonathan Law

direct costs 1. Product costs that can be directly traced to a product or *cost unit. They are usually made up of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Imaging (2008)

by Albert L. Baert

Direct imaging generally refers to the imaging of a specific molecular target and/ or process (e.g., a receptor protein target imaged with a ligand molecular imaging probe). This is done to determine the location(s), activity, and/or numbers of the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Psychology (2008)

by Neil J. Salkind

Direct instruction has at least two meanings. The first meaning refers to the generic behavioral features of explicit teaching in which teachers demonstrate a performance, guide students as they attempt to perform, and continue student/ teacher ...

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Quotes about Direct

I like chatting with people. If people ask me a direct question, I give them a direct answer and I feel I've always done that with the press. (Kiefer Sutherland)
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Scrabble value of D2I1R1E1C3T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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