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  1. di·rect
  2. adjective


    • 1. with no one or nothing in between:

      buy direct and save
    • 2. by a straight route or without breaking a journey:

      Austrian Airlines is flying direct to Innsbruck again


    • 1. control the operations of; manage or govern:

      an economic elite directed the nation's affairs
      Synonym : administer, manage, run, control, govern, conduct, handle, be in charge of, be in control of, be in command of, be the boss of, lead, head, command, rule, preside over, exercise control over, be responsible for, be at the helm of, supervise, superintend, oversee, guide, regulate, orchestrate, coordinate, engineer, mastermind, run the show, call the shots, call the tune, pull the strings, be in the driving seat, be in the saddle
    • 2. supervise and control (a movie, play, or other production, or the actors in it):

      the film is directed by Sir Richard Attenborough
    • 3. train and conduct (a group of musicians).

    • 4. aim (something) in a particular direction or at a particular person:

      heating ducts to direct warm air to rear-seat passengers his smile was directed at Laura
      Synonym : aim, point, level, address to, intend for, mean for, destine for, focus on, train on, turn on, fix on
    • 5. tell or show (someone) how to get somewhere:

      can you direct me to the railroad station, please?
      Synonym : give directions to, show/point/indicate the way, guide, steer, lead, conduct, accompany, usher, escort, navigate, pilot
    • 6. address or give instructions for the delivery of (a letter or parcel):

      put them all in one packet, and direct them to me
    • 7. focus or concentrate (one's attention, efforts, or feelings) on:

      we direct our anger and frustration at family
    • 8. address a comment to or aim a criticism at:

      I suggest that he direct his remarks to the council he directed his criticism at media coverage of the Catholic Church
    • 9. target a product specifically at (someone):

      the book is directed at the younger reader
      Synonym : target, market, orient toward, pitch to/toward, design for, tailor to
    • 10. guide or advise (someone or their judgment) in a course or decision:

      the conscience of the credulous prince was directed by saints and bishops
    • 11. give (someone) an official order or authoritative instruction:

      the judge directed him to perform community service he directed that no picture from his collection could be sold
      Synonym : instruct, tell, command, order, give orders to, charge, call on, require, dictate, adjure, enjoin, bid
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: direct, 3rd person present: directs, gerund or present participle: directing, past tense: directed, past participle: directed

    • adjective

      extending or moving from one place to another without changing direction or stopping:

      (of apparent planetary motion) proceeding from west to east in accord with actual motion.

    • adverb

      with no one or nothing in between:

      by a straight route or without breaking a journey:

    • verb

      control the operations of; manage or govern:

      supervise and control (a film, play, or other production, or the actors in it):

    • noun

      labor involved in production rather than administration, maintenance, and other support services.

      labor employed by the authority commissioning the work, not by a contractor.

    • noun

      another term for direct debit
    • noun

      a tax, such as income tax, which is levied on the income or profits of the person who pays it, rather than on goods or services.
    • noun

      a system of government in which a province is controlled by a central government.
    • adjective

      denoting or relating to mechanical parts driven directly by a motor, without a belt or other device to transmit power.
    • noun

      unsolicited advertising sent to prospective customers through the mail:
    • noun

      the electronic transfer of a payment directly from the account of the payer to the recipient's account.
    • noun

      (in diesel engines) the use of a pump to spray fuel into the cylinder at high pressure, without the use of compressed air:
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