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Definition 1: plan and direct (a complex undertaking) - [verb of cognition]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he masterminded the robbery

Synonyms for direct in the sense of this definition

(direct is a kind of ...) make plans for something

"He is planning a trip with his family"

(... is a kind of direct ) plan and oversee the development and details of

"The meeting between the two Presidents had been carefully choreographed"

Definition 2: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for direct in the sense of this definition

(direct is a kind of ...) design or destine

"She was intended to become the director"

Definition 3: command with authority - [verb of communication]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He directed the children to do their homework

(direct is a kind of ...) give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

"I said to him to go home" "She ordered him to do the shopping" "The mother told the child to get dressed"

(... is a kind of direct ) printing: direct that a matter marked for omission or correction is to be retained (used in the imperative)

Definition 4: give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction - [verb of communication]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I directed them towards the town hall

(direct is a kind of ...) make aware of

"Have the students been apprised of the tuition hike?"

(... is a kind of direct ) direct and control (the flight of an airplane during landing) via radio

"the control tower talked down the plane whose pilot fell ill"

(... is a kind of direct ) indicate the right path or direction

"The sign pointed the way to London"

Definition 5: put an address on (an envelope) - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for direct in the sense of this definition

(direct is a kind of ...) assign a label to; designate with a label

"These students were labelled `learning disabled'"

(... is a kind of direct ) put a wrong address on

"misdirect the letter"

(... is a kind of direct ) address a legal document to

(... is a kind of direct ) put a new address on (an envelope), as for forwarding

Definition 6: point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards - [verb of competition]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for direct in the sense of this definition

(direct is a kind of ...) cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation

(... is a kind of direct ) 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"

(... is a kind of direct ) aim with a gun

"The hunter drew a bead on the rabbit"

(... is a kind of direct ) aim, point, or direct

"Hold the fire extinguisher directly on the flames"

(... is a kind of direct ) direct at someone

"She turned a smile on me" "They turned their flashlights on the car"

(... is a kind of direct ) hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement

"The soccer player began to swing at the referee"

(... is a kind of direct ) direct into a position for use

"point a gun" "He charged his weapon at me"

(... is a kind of direct ) aim at

"level criticism or charges at somebody"

(... is a kind of direct ) take aim by looking through the sights of a gun (or other device)

Definition 7: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal - [verb of competition]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face
  • criticism directed at her superior
  • direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself

Synonyms for direct in the sense of this definition

(direct is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of direct ) direct a question at someone

(... is a kind of direct ) direct onto a point or target, especially by automatic navigational aids

Definition 8: guide the actors in (plays and films) - [verb of creation]

(direct is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(... is a kind of direct ) direct for the stage

(direct belongs to category ...) arts or skills that require public performance

Definition 9: lead, as in the performance of a composition - [verb of creation]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years

Synonyms for direct in the sense of this definition

(direct is a kind of ...) carry out or perform an action

"John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters" "the skater executed a triple pirouette" "she did a little dance"

(direct has a similar meaning as ...) lead musicians in the performance of

"Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor" "she cannot conduct modern pieces"

(direct belongs to category ...) musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

"his music was his central interest"

Definition 10: take somebody somewhere - [verb of motion]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We lead him to our chief
  • can you take me to the main entrance?
  • He conducted us to the palace

Synonyms for direct in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of direct ) guide with a beacon

(... is a kind of direct ) guide or conduct or usher somewhere

"hand the elderly lady into the taxi"

(... is a kind of direct ) lead someone in the wrong direction or give someone wrong directions

"The pedestrian misdirected the out-of-town driver"

(... is a kind of direct ) take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums

"The usher showed us to our seats"

Definition 11: cause to go somewhere - [verb of motion]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The explosion sent the car flying in the air
  • She sent her children to camp
  • He directed all his energies into his dissertation

Synonyms for direct in the sense of this definition

(direct is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

(... is a kind of direct ) put or send forth

"She threw the flashlight beam into the corner" "The setting sun threw long shadows" "cast a spell" "cast a warm light"

(... is a kind of direct ) channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something

"The pedophile turned to boys for satisfaction" "people turn to mysticism at the turn of a millennium"

(... is a kind of direct ) to send or let go

"They turned away the crowd at the gate of the governor's mansion"

(... is a kind of direct ) send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one

(... is a kind of direct ) send via a specific route

(... is a kind of direct ) send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision

"refer a patient to a specialist" "refer a bill to a committee"

(... is a kind of direct ) channel into a new direction

"redirect your attention to the danger from the fundamentalists"

(... is a kind of direct ) cause air to go in, on, or through

"Blow my hair dry"

Definition 12: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for direct in the sense of this definition

(direct is a kind of ...) exercise authoritative control or power over

"control the budget" "Command the military forces"

(... is a kind of direct ) maneuver a vehicle into a parking space

"Park the car in front of the library" "Can you park right here?"

(... is a kind of direct ) force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape

(... is a kind of direct ) direct the flow of

"channel information towards a broad audience"

(... is a kind of direct ) act as the navigator in a car, plane, or vessel and plan, direct, plot the path and position of the conveyance

"Is anyone volunteering to navigate during the trip?" "Who was navigating the ship during the accident?"

(... is a kind of direct ) conduct or direct the steering of a ship or plane

(... is a kind of direct ) turn to the right, of helms or rudders

(... is a kind of direct ) steer away from shore, of ships

(... is a kind of direct ) direct carefully and safely

"He navigated his way to the altar"

(... is a kind of direct ) direct (an aircraft) into a crosswind

(... is a kind of direct ) be at or take the helm of

"helm the ship"

(... is a kind of direct ) steer a vehicle to the side of the road

"The car pulled over when the ambulance approached at high speed"

(... is a kind of direct ) cause to sheer

"She sheered her car around the obstacle"

(... is a kind of direct ) maneuver into a dock

"dock the ships"

(direct is a kind of ...) be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

"I can deal with this crew of workers" "This blender can't handle nuts" "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"

(... is a kind of direct ) organize or be responsible for

"hold a reception" "have, throw, or make a party" "give a course"

(... is a kind of direct ) be a guiding or motivating force or drive

"The teacher steered the gifted students towards the more challenging courses"

(... is a kind of direct ) be in charge of

"Who is heading this project?"

(... is a kind of direct ) direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.

"She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"

(... is a kind of direct ) direct the taking of

"administer an exam" "administer an oath"

(direct causes ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

Definition 14: direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a direct route
  • a direct flight
  • a direct hit

(direct is similar to ...) (of e.g. journeys or deliveries) direct from point of origin to point of destination

"the limousine offers door-to-door service"

(direct is similar to ...) (of a journey especially a flight) occurring without stops

"a nonstop flight to Atlanta"

(direct is similar to ...) close enough to go straight to the target

"point-blank range" "a point-blank shot"

(direct is similar to ...) pointed directly ahead

"a straightforward gaze"

(direct is similar to ...) going directly ahead from one point to another without veering or turning aside

"some people see evolution as an undeviating upward march from simple organisms to the very complex" "a straight and narrow tree-lined road unswerving across the lowlands"

(direct is similar to ...) (of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes

"a through street" "a through bus" "through traffic"

(means also ...) having no deviations

"straight lines" "straight roads across the desert" "straight teeth" "straight shoulders"

(... are attributes of direct) trueness of course toward a goal

"rivaling a hawk in directness of aim"

Definition 15: (of a current) flowing in one direction only - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • direct current

(direct belongs to category ...) a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons

Definition 16: straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a direct question
  • a direct response
  • a direct approach

(direct is similar to ...) bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured

"a bluff but pleasant manner" "a bluff and rugged natural leader"

(direct is similar to ...) frank and honest

"he was upfront about his intentions"

(direct is similar to ...) without evasion or compromise

"a square contradiction" "he is not being as straightforward as it appears"

(direct is similar to ...) direct and obvious in meaning or reference; often unpleasant

"a pointed critique" "a pointed allusion to what was going on" "another pointed look in their direction"

(direct is similar to ...) free from any effort to soften to disguise

"the plain and unvarnished truth" "the unvarnished candor of old people and children"

(direct is similar to ...) not tolerating irrelevancies

"the no-nonsense tones of a stern parent"

(direct is similar to ...) forthright and honest

"had a man-to-man talk about the facts of life"

(direct is similar to ...) forthright and explicit

"a flat-footed refusal"

(direct is similar to ...) disagreeably direct and precise

"he spoke with brutal honesty"

(direct is similar to ...) characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

"blunt talking and straight shooting" "a blunt New England farmer" "I gave them my candid opinion" "forthright criticism" "a forthright approach to the problem" "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank" "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude" "plainspoken and to the point" "a point-blank accusation"

(means also ...) not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent

"honest lawyers" "honest reporting"

Definition 17: similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)

(direct belongs to category ...) a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement

Definition 18: in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • lineal ancestors
  • lineal heirs
  • a direct descendant of the king
  • direct heredity

Synonyms for direct in the sense of this definition

(direct is similar to ...) based on or tracing descent through the female line

"matrilineal inheritance"

(direct is similar to ...) based on or tracing descent through the male line

"a patrilineal society"

(direct is similar to ...) tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only

(means also ...) connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage

Definition 19: moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth - [adjective denoting all]

(direct belongs to category ...) the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole

Definition 20: without deviation - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the path leads directly to the lake
  • went direct to the office

Synonyms for direct in the sense of this definition

Definition 21: lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the direct opposite

(direct is similar to ...) perfect or complete or pure

"absolute loyalty" "absolute silence" "absolute truth" "absolute alcohol"

Definition 22: in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a direct quotation
  • repeated their dialog verbatim

Synonyms for direct in the sense of this definition

(direct is similar to ...) marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact

"an exact mind" "an exact copy" "hit the exact center of the target"

Definition 23: having no intervening persons, agents, conditions - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 for direct in the sense of this definition

(direct is similar to ...) having no intervening medium

"an immediate influence"

Definition 24: being an immediate result or consequence - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where direct or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a direct result of the accident

(direct is similar to ...) of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

"primary goals" "a primary effect" "primary sources" "a primary interest"

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