direct

If you direct somebody, you tell them where to go or what to do. You can also direct a play or direct someone to a gas station, by telling them what roads to take.

Most uses of direct involving giving orders. Army officers direct battles, which means they plan what to do and how to carry it out. You can direct a kick toward the goal, which means you send the ball flying toward the net. When used as an adjective, direct often means to the point with no beating around the bush. If someone is direct, it means they say what they mean; if a plant is in direct sunlight, it gets a lot of sun.

Definitions of direct
  1. adjective
    direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short
    “a direct route”
    “a direct flight”
    “a direct hit”
    Synonyms:
    door-to-door
    (of e.g. journeys or deliveries) direct from point of origin to point of destination
    nonstop
    (of a journey especially a flight) occurring without stops
    point-blank
    close enough to go straight to the target
    straightforward
    pointed directly ahead
    undeviating, unswerving
    going directly ahead from one point to another without veering or turning aside
    through
    (of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes
    straight
    having no deviations
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    indirect
    not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination
    askance, askant, asquint, sidelong, squint, squint-eyed, squinty
    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    circuitous, devious, roundabout
    deviating from a straight course
    diversionary
    (of tactics e.g.) likely or designed to confuse or deceive
    meandering, rambling, wandering, winding
    of a path e.g.
    crooked
    having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned
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  2. adjective
    in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
    “a direct descendant of the king”
    direct heredity”
    synonyms: lineal
    matrilineal, matrilinear
    based on or tracing descent through the female line
    patrilineal, patrilinear
    based on or tracing descent through the male line
    unilateral
    tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only
    related
    connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
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    collateral, indirect
    descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
    related
    connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
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  3. adverb
    without deviation
    “went direct to the office”
    synonyms: directly, straight
  4. verb
    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
    synonyms: channelise, channelize, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
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    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
    canalise, canalize, 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
    dry-dock, drydock
    maneuver (a ship) into a drydock
    astrogate
    guide in interplanetary travel
    angle-park
    park at an angle
    parallel-park
    park directly behind another vehicle
    double-park
    park a vehicle alongside another
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    command, control
    exercise authoritative control or power over
  5. adjective
    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
    immediate
    having no intervening medium
  6. adjective
    lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact
    “the direct opposite”
    Synonyms:
    absolute
    perfect or complete or pure
  7. adjective
    in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker
    “a direct quotation”
    synonyms: verbatim
    exact
    marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact
  8. adjective
    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)”
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    inverse
    opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity
    reciprocal
    of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function
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  9. adjective
    being an immediate result or consequence
    “a direct result of the accident”
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    primary
    of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
  10. adjective
    straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
    “a direct question”
    “a direct response”
    “a direct approach”
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    bluff
    bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured
    blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder
    characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
    brutal
    disagreeably direct and precise
    flat-footed
    without reservation
    man-to-man
    forthright and honest
    no-nonsense
    not tolerating irrelevancies
    plain, unvarnished
    free from any effort to soften to disguise
    pointed
    direct and obvious in meaning or reference; often unpleasant
    square, straight, straightforward
    without evasion or compromise
    upfront
    frank and honest
    honest, honorable
    not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent
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    indirect
    extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action
    allusive
    characterized by indirect references
    backhanded
    roundabout or ambiguous
    circuitous, roundabout
    marked by obliqueness or indirection in speech or conduct
    ambagious, circumlocutious, circumlocutory, periphrastic
    roundabout and unnecessarily wordy
    devious, oblique
    indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading
    digressive, discursive, excursive, rambling
    (of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects
    hearsay
    heard through another rather than directly
    mealy-mouthed, mealymouthed
    hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy
    tortuous
    not straightforward
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  11. verb
    intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
    “criticism directed at her superior”
    direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself”
    synonyms: aim, place, point, target
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    address
    direct a question at someone
    home in, range in, zero in
    direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids
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    aim, take, take aim, train
    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
  12. verb
    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
    synonyms: aim, take, take aim, train
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    aim, place, point, target
    intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
    draw a bead on
    aim with a gun
    hold
    aim, point, or direct
    turn
    direct at someone
    swing
    hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement
    charge, level, point
    direct into a position for use
    level
    aim at
    sight
    take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)
    address
    direct a question at someone
    home in, range in, zero in
    direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids
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    position
    cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
  13. verb
    command with authority
    “He directed the children to do their homework”
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    stet
    printing: direct that a matter marked for omission or correction is to be retained (used in the imperative)
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    enjoin, order, say, tell
    give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
  14. verb
    be in charge of
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    give, have, hold, make, throw
    organize or be responsible for
    guide, steer
    be a guiding or motivating force or drive
    head, lead
    be in charge of
    operate, run
    direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.
    administer
    direct the taking of
    financier
    conduct financial operations, often in an unethical manner
    chair, chairman
    act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university
    captain
    be the captain of a sports team
    spearhead
    be the leader of
    take charge, take control, take hold
    assume control
    work
    operate in or through
    block
    run on a block system
    warm up
    run until the normal working temperature is reached
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    care, deal, handle, manage
    be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  15. verb
    lead, as in the performance of a composition
    synonyms: conduct, lead
    conduct
    lead musicians in the performance of
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    do, execute, perform
    carry out or perform an action
  16. verb
    guide the actors in (plays and films)
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    stage direct
    direct for the stage
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  17. verb
    plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
    synonyms: engineer, mastermind, orchestrate, organise, organize
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    choreograph
    plan and oversee the development and details of
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    plan
    make plans for something
  18. verb
    specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
    synonyms: aim, calculate
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    designate, destine, intend, specify
    design or destine
  19. verb
    cause to go somewhere
    “He directed all his energies into his dissertation”
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    cast, contrive, project, throw
    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
    airt, redirect
    channel into a new direction
    blow
    cause air to go in, on, or through
    subject, submit
    refer for judgment or consideration
    route
    divert in a specified direction
    recommit
    send back to a committee
    sublimate
    direct energy or urges into useful activities
    deviate
    cause to turn away from a previous or expected course
    shoot
    send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly
    blast
    apply a draft or strong wind to
    take up
    turn one's interest to
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  20. verb
    take somebody somewhere
    synonyms: conduct, guide, lead, take
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    beacon
    guide with a beacon
    hand
    guide or conduct or usher somewhere
    lead astray, misdirect, misguide, mislead
    lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions
    show, usher
    take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums
    marshal
    lead ceremoniously, as in a procession
  21. verb
    give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
    “I directed them towards the town hall”
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    talk down
    direct and control (the flight of an airplane during landing) via radio
    point the way
    indicate the right path or direction
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    apprise, apprize, instruct
    make aware of
  22. verb
    put an address on (an envelope)
    synonyms: address
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    misaddress, misdirect
    put a wrong address on
    instrument
    address a legal document to
    re-address
    put a new address on (an envelope), as for forwarding
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    label
    assign a label to; designate with a label
  23. adjective
    moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
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    retrograde
    moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth
  24. adjective
    (of a current) flowing in one direction only
    direct current”
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    alternating
    (of a current) reversing direction
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