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direct as in without deviation
  • "the path leads directly to the lake"
  • "went direct to the office"

Synonyms

  • directly without deviation; without anyone or anything intervening; without delay or hesitation; in a forthright manner
  • straight without deviation; in a forthright manner; in a straight line; a person having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex ; a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit) ; a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse ; successive (without a break); having no deviations; (of hair) having no waves or curls; erect in posture; in keeping with the facts; characterized by honesty and fairness; no longer coiled ; free from curves or angles; neatly arranged; not homosexual ; accurately fitted; without evasion or compromise; (of an alcoholic drink) without water; following a correct or logical method; rigidly conventional or old-fashioned
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direct as in direct in spatial dimensions
  • "proceeding without deviation or interruption"
  • "straight and short"
  • "a direct route"
  • "a direct flight"
  • "a direct hit"
direct as in 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"

Synonyms

  • unmediated having no intervening persons, agents, conditions
direct as in straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
  • "a direct question"
  • "a direct response"
  • "a direct approach"
direct as in in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
  • "lineal ancestors"
  • "lineal heirs"
  • "a direct descendant of the king"
  • "direct heredity"

Synonyms

  • lineal in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; arranged in a line
direct as in moving from west to east on the celestial sphere
  • "or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth"
direct as in 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)"
direct as in (of a current) flowing in one direction only
  • "direct current"
direct as in being an immediate result or consequence
  • "a direct result of the accident"
direct as in in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker
  • "a direct quotation"
  • "repeated their dialog verbatim"

Synonyms

  • verbatim using exactly the same words; in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker
direct as in lacking compromising or mitigating elements
  • "exact"
  • "the direct opposite"
direct as in command with authority
  • "He directed the children to do their homework"
direct as in 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"

Synonyms

  • target intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; a reference point to shoot at; a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence; the location of the target that is to be hit ; sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at ; the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
  • aim an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); the action of directing something at an object; the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies ; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; propose or intend; move into a desired direction of discourse; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public ; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; direct (a remark) toward an intended goal; have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
  • place put into a certain place or abstract location; place somebody in a particular situation or location; assign a rank or rating to; assign a location to; to arrange for; take a place in a competition; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; recognize as being; assign to (a job or a home) ; locate; estimate; identify the location or place of; make an investment; assign to a station ; finish second or better in a horse or dog race; sing a note with the correct pitch ; a point located with respect to surface features of some region; any area set aside for a particular purpose; an abstract mental location; a general vicinity; the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another; a particular situation; where you live at a particular time; a job in an organization; the particular portion of space occupied by something; proper or designated social situation; a space reserved for sitting (as in a theater or on a train or airplane); the passage that is being read; proper or appropriate position or location; a public square with room for pedestrians; an item on a list or in a sequence; a blank area
  • point indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; be oriented; direct into a position for use; direct the course; be a signal for or a symptom of; sail close to the wind ; mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics ; mark with diacritics; mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes ; be positionable in a specified manner; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle; give a point to; repair the joints of bricks; a geometric element that has position but no extension; the precise location of something; a brief version of the essential meaning of something; an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; an instant of time; the object of an activity; a V shape; a very small circular shape; the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; a promontory extending out into a large body of water; a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list; a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect ; an outstanding characteristic; sharp end; any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; a linear unit used to measure the size of type; one percent of the total principal of a loan; a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; the dot at the left of a decimal fraction ; the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip ; a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; the gun muzzle's direction; a wall socket ; a contact in the distributor
direct as in guide the actors in (plays and films)
    direct as in be in charge of
      direct as in take somebody somewhere
      • "We lead him to our chief"
      • "can you take me to the main entrance?"
      • "He conducted us to the palace"

      Synonyms

      • lead take somebody somewhere; produce as a result or residue; tend to or result in; travel in front of; cause to undertake a certain action; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; be in charge of; be ahead of others; be conducive to; lead, as in the performance of a composition; lead, extend, or afford access; move ahead (of others) in time or space ; cause something to pass or lead somewhere; preside over; an advantage held by a competitor in a race; a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; evidence pointing to a possible solution; a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (especially in the phrase `take the lead'); the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile) ; the introductory section of a story; (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning ; an actor who plays a principal role ; (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; an indication of potential opportunity; a news story of major importance ; the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine ; restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal ; thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing ; mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
      • take the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption ; carry out; require (time or space); take somebody somewhere; get into one's hands, take physically; take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; interpret something in a certain way; take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; take into one's possession; travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; receive willingly something given or offered; assume, as of positions or roles; take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; require as useful, just, or proper; experience or feel or submit to; make a film or photograph of something; remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; serve oneself to, or consume regularly; accept or undergo, often unwillingly; make use of or accept for some purpose; take by force; occupy or take on; admit into a group or community; ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial; be a student of a certain subject; take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; head into a specified direction; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; be seized or affected in a specified way; have with oneself; engage for service under a term of contract; receive or obtain regularly; buy, select; to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort; have sex with; lay claim to; be designed to hold or take; be capable of holding or containing; develop a habit; proceed along in a vehicle; obtain by winning; be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
      • conduct manner of acting or controlling yourself ; (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people ; direct the course of; lead, as in the performance of a composition; behave in a certain manner; take somebody somewhere; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; lead musicians in the performance of
      • guide direct the course; take somebody somewhere; be a guiding or motivating force or drive; use as a guide; pass over, across, or through; someone employed to conduct others ; someone who shows the way by leading or advising ; something that offers basic information or instruction ; a model or standard for making comparisons ; someone who can find paths through unexplored territory ; a structure or marking that serves to direct the motion or positioning of something
      direct as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • send cause to go somewhere; to cause or order to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another place; cause to be directed or transmitted to another place; transport commercially ; assign to a station ; transfer; cause to be admitted; broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
      direct as in 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"

      Synonyms

      • aim an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); the action of directing something at an object; the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies ; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; propose or intend; move into a desired direction of discourse; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public ; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; direct (a remark) toward an intended goal; have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
      • take the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption ; carry out; require (time or space); take somebody somewhere; get into one's hands, take physically; take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; interpret something in a certain way; take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; take into one's possession; travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; receive willingly something given or offered; assume, as of positions or roles; take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; require as useful, just, or proper; experience or feel or submit to; make a film or photograph of something; remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; serve oneself to, or consume regularly; accept or undergo, often unwillingly; make use of or accept for some purpose; take by force; occupy or take on; admit into a group or community; ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial; be a student of a certain subject; take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; head into a specified direction; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; be seized or affected in a specified way; have with oneself; engage for service under a term of contract; receive or obtain regularly; buy, select; to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort; have sex with; lay claim to; be designed to hold or take; be capable of holding or containing; develop a habit; proceed along in a vehicle; obtain by winning; be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness
      • train public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive; a sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding; a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file; a series of consequences wrought by an event; piece of cloth forming the long back section of a gown that is drawn along the floor; wheelwork consisting of a connected set of rotating gears by which force is transmitted or motion or torque is changed; create by training and teaching; undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession; develop (a child's or animal's) behavior by instruction and practice; educate for a future role or function; teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; teach and supervise (someone); exercise in order to prepare for an event or competition; cause to grow in a certain way by tying and pruning it; travel by rail or train; drag loosely along a surface
      • take aim point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
      direct as in lead, as in the performance of a composition
      • "conduct an orchestra"
      • "Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

      Synonyms

      • conduct manner of acting or controlling yourself ; (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people ; direct the course of; lead, as in the performance of a composition; behave in a certain manner; take somebody somewhere; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; lead musicians in the performance of
      • lead take somebody somewhere; produce as a result or residue; tend to or result in; travel in front of; cause to undertake a certain action; stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; be in charge of; be ahead of others; be conducive to; lead, as in the performance of a composition; lead, extend, or afford access; move ahead (of others) in time or space ; cause something to pass or lead somewhere; preside over; an advantage held by a competitor in a race; a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; evidence pointing to a possible solution; a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow (especially in the phrase `take the lead'); the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile) ; the introductory section of a story; (sports) the score by which a team or individual is winning ; an actor who plays a principal role ; (baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; an indication of potential opportunity; a news story of major importance ; the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal-combustion engine ; restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal ; thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing ; mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
      direct as in give directions to
      • "point somebody into a certain direction"
      • "I directed them towards the town hall"
      direct as in specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

        Synonyms

        • calculate make a mathematical calculation or computation ; judge to be probable ; keep an account of ; predict in advance ; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public ; have faith or confidence in
        • aim an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); the action of directing something at an object; the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies ; point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards; propose or intend; move into a desired direction of discourse; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public ; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; direct (a remark) toward an intended goal; have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
        direct as in direct the course
        • "determine the direction of travelling"

        Synonyms

        • steer an indication of potential opportunity; castrated bull ; direct the course; direct (oneself) somewhere; be a guiding or motivating force or drive
        • maneuver direct the course; act in order to achieve a certain goal; perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense ; a military training exercise ; a plan for attaining a particular goal ; a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; a move made to gain a tactical end ; an action aimed at evading an opponent
        • manoeuver act in order to achieve a certain goal; direct the course; perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense
        • manoeuvre act in order to achieve a certain goal; direct the course; perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense ; a plan for attaining a particular goal ; a military training exercise ; a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; a move made to gain a tactical end ; an action aimed at evading an opponent
        • point indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; be oriented; direct into a position for use; direct the course; be a signal for or a symptom of; sail close to the wind ; mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics ; mark with diacritics; mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes ; be positionable in a specified manner; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle; give a point to; repair the joints of bricks; a geometric element that has position but no extension; the precise location of something; a brief version of the essential meaning of something; an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; an instant of time; the object of an activity; a V shape; a very small circular shape; the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest; a promontory extending out into a large body of water; a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list; a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect ; an outstanding characteristic; sharp end; any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass; a linear unit used to measure the size of type; one percent of the total principal of a loan; a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations; a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; the dot at the left of a decimal fraction ; the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip ; a distinguishing or individuating characteristic; the gun muzzle's direction; a wall socket ; a contact in the distributor
        • head to go or travel towards; be in charge of; travel in front of; be the first or leading member of (a group) and excel; direct the course; take its rise; be in the front of or on top of; form a head or come or grow to a head; remove the head of; the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; a single domestic animal; that which is responsible for one's thoughts, feelings, and conscious brain functions; a person who is in charge; the front of a military formation or procession; the pressure exerted by a fluid; the top of something; the source of water from which a stream arises; (grammar) the word in a grammatical constituent that plays the same grammatical role as the whole constituent ; the tip of an abscess (where the pus accumulates) ; the length or height based on the size of a human or animal head; a dense cluster of flowers or foliage; the educator who has executive authority for a school; an individual person; a user of (usually soft) drugs; a natural elevation (especially a rocky one that juts out into the sea) ; a rounded compact mass; the foam or froth that accumulates at the top when you pour an effervescent liquid into a container; the part in the front or nearest the viewer; a difficult juncture; forward movement; a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer; the subject matter at issue; a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about; the rounded end of a bone that fits into a rounded cavity in another bone to form a joint; that part of a skeletal muscle that is away from the bone that it moves ; (computer science) a tiny electromagnetic coil and metal pole used to write and read magnetic patterns on a disk ; (usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head; the striking part of a tool; (nautical) a toilet on board a boat or ship ; a projection out from one end; a membrane that is stretched taut over a drum ; oral stimulation of the genitals
        • guide direct the course; take somebody somewhere; be a guiding or motivating force or drive; use as a guide; pass over, across, or through; someone employed to conduct others ; someone who shows the way by leading or advising ; something that offers basic information or instruction ; a model or standard for making comparisons ; someone who can find paths through unexplored territory ; a structure or marking that serves to direct the motion or positioning of something
        • channelize direct the course; make a channel for; send from one person or place to another; cause to form a channel
        • channelise direct the course; make a channel for; send from one person or place to another; cause to form a channel
        direct as in put an address on (an envelope)

          Synonyms

          • address (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored ; the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with ; the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; the manner of speaking to another individual; a sign in front of a house or business carrying the conventional form by which its location is described ; written directions for finding some location; the stance assumed by a golfer in preparation for hitting a golf ball ; social skill ; speak to; give a speech to; put an address on (an envelope) ; direct a question at someone ; address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question ; greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name; access or locate by address ; act on verbally or in some form of artistic expression; speak to someone ; adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation of hitting
          direct as in plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
          • "he masterminded the robbery"

          Synonyms

          • mastermind plan and direct (a complex undertaking); someone who creates new things ; someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality
          • engineer design as an engineer; plan and direct (a complex undertaking); a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems ; the operator of a railway locomotive
          • organize create (as an entity); cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea ; plan and direct (a complex undertaking); bring order and organization to; arrange by systematic planning and united effort; form or join a union
          • organise bring order and organization to; create (as an entity); form or join a union; cause to be structured or ordered or operating according to some principle or idea ; arrange by systematic planning and united effort; plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
          • orchestrate write an orchestra score for ; plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

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