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  1. (v. t.) To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to superscribe; as, to direct a letter.
  2. (a.) Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
  3. (v. t.) To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go.
  4. (noun) A character, thus [/], placed at the end of a staff on the line or space of the first note of the next staff, to apprise the performer of its situation.
  5. (v. t.) To determine the direction or course of; to cause to go on in a particular manner; to order in the way to a certain end; to regulate; to govern; as, to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army.
  6. (a.) Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
  7. (a.) Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means.
  8. (a.) In the direction of the general planetary motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs; not retrograde; -- said of the motion of a celestial body.
  9. (v. t.) To point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way; as, he directed me to the left-hand road.
  10. (v. i.) To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
  11. (v. t.) To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to direct an arrow or a piece of ordnance.
  12. (a.) In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line.
  13. (a.) Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the people through their votes instead of through one or more representatives or delegates; as, direct nomination, direct legislation.
Word: di·rect
Pronunciation of direct: d&-'rekt, dI-
Function of direct: verb
Origin of direct: Middle English, from Latin directus straight, from past participle of dirigere to direct -- more at DRESS
transitive senses
1 a obsolete : to write (a letter) to a person b : to mark with the name and address of the intended recipient c : to impart orally d : to adapt in expression so as to have particular applicability <a lawyer who directs his appeals to intelligence>
2 a : to regulate the activities or course of b : to carry out the organizing, energizing, and supervising of c : to dominate and determine the course of d : to train and lead performances of
3 : to cause to turn, move, or point undeviatingly or to follow a straight course <X rays are directed through the body>
4 : to point, extend, or project in a specified line or course
5 : to request or enjoin with authority
6 : to show or point out the way for
intransitive senses
1 : to point out, prescribe, or determine a course or procedure
2 : to act as director
synonym see COMMAND, CONDUCT

Synonyms of direct

Address, Aim, Calculate, Conduct, Directly, Engineer, Guide, Head, Lead, Lineal, Maneuver, Manoeuvre, Organize, Place, Point, Send, Steer, Straight, Take, Target, Train, Verbatim,

Antonyms of direct

Alternating, Collateral, Indirect, Inverse, Retrograde,