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direct (v.)

late 14c., directen, "to write or address (a letter, words)" to someone, also "to point or make known a course to," from Latin directus past participle of dirigere "set straight, arrange; give a particular direction to, send in a straight line; guide" a thing, either to something or according to something, from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + regere "to direct, to guide, keep straight" (from PIE root *reg- "move in a straight line"). Compare dress; address.

Sense of "to point or aim in a straight line toward a place or an object" is from c. 1400. Meaning "to govern, regulate as to behavior, prescribe the course or actions of" is from early 15c. Sense of "to order, ordain" is from 1650s. Sense of "to write the destination on the outside of a letter" had emerged by 17c. In reference to plays, films, etc., "to supervise and control the making of," it is attested from 1913. Related: Directed; directing.

direct (adj.)

c. 1400, "straight, undeviating, not crooked," from Old French direct (13c.) and directly from Latin directus "straight," adjectival use of past participle of dirigere "to set straight," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + regere "to direct, to guide, keep straight" (from PIE root *reg- "move in a straight line"). Meaning "plain, expressive, not ambiguous" is from 1580s.

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Definitions of direct
1
direct (v.)
command with authority;
He directed the children to do their homework
direct (v.)
intend (something) to move towards a certain goal;
direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself
criticism directed at her superior
Synonyms: target / aim / place / point
direct (v.)
guide the actors in (plays and films);
direct (v.)
be in charge of;
direct (v.)
take somebody somewhere;
Synonyms: lead / take / conduct / guide
direct (v.)
cause to go somewhere;
He directed all his energies into his dissertation
Synonyms: send
direct (v.)
point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards;
Synonyms: aim / take / train / take aim
direct (v.)
lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years";
Synonyms: conduct / lead
direct (v.)
give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction;
I directed them towards the town hall
direct (v.)
specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public;
Synonyms: calculate / aim
direct (v.)
direct the course; determine the direction of travelling;
Synonyms: steer / maneuver / manoeuver / manoeuvre / point / head / guide / channelize / channelise
direct (v.)
put an address on (an envelope);
Synonyms: address
direct (v.)
plan and direct (a complex undertaking);
Synonyms: mastermind / engineer / organize / organise / orchestrate
2
direct (adj.)
having no intervening persons, agents, conditions;
a direct link
in direct contact with the voters
the direct cause of the accident
direct exposure to the disease
in direct sunlight
direct vote
Synonyms: unmediated
direct (adj.)
direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short;
a direct route
a direct flight
a direct hit
direct (adj.)
straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action;
a direct approach
a direct question
a direct response
direct (adj.)
moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth;
direct (adj.)
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 (adj.)
(of a current) flowing in one direction only;
direct current
direct (adj.)
being an immediate result or consequence;
a direct result of the accident
direct (adj.)
in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker;
a direct quotation
Synonyms: verbatim
direct (adj.)
lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact;
the direct opposite
direct (adj.)
in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child;
a direct descendant of the king
direct heredity
Synonyms: lineal
3
direct (adv.)
without deviation;
went direct to the office
Synonyms: directly / straight
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