direct

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin dīrectus, perfect passive participle of dīrigō (straighten, direct), from dis- (asunder, in pieces, apart, in two) + regō (make straight, rule).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈrɛkt/, /ˌdaɪˈrɛkt/, /dɚˈɛkt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛkt

AdjectiveEdit

direct (comparative directer, superlative directest)

  1. Straight, constant, without interruption.
  2. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end.
    the most direct route between two buildings
  3. Straightforward; sincere.
    • Shakespeare
      Be even and direct with me.
  4. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
    • John Locke
      He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
    • Hallam
      a direct and avowed interference with elections
  5. In the line of descent; not collateral.
    a descendant in the direct line
  6. (astronomy) 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.

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direct (comparative more direct, superlative most direct)

  1. Directly.
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 346:
      Presumably Mary is to carry messages that she, Anne, is too delicate to convey direct.

VerbEdit

direct (third-person singular simple present directs, present participle directing, simple past and past participle directed)

  1. To manage, control, steer.
    to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army
  2. To aim (something) at (something else).
    They directed their fire towards the men on the wall.
    He directed his question to the room in general.
  3. To point out or show to (somebody) the right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way.
    He directed me to the left-hand road.
    • Lubbock
      the next points to which I will direct your attention
  4. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order.
    She directed them to leave immediately.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll first direct my men what they shall do.
  5. (dated) To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent.
    to direct a letter

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AdjectiveEdit

direct (comparative directer, superlative directst)

  1. direct

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direct

  1. immediately

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed from Latin dīrectus. Cf. the inherited doublet droit.

AdjectiveEdit

direct m (feminine directe, masculine plural directs, feminine plural directes)

  1. direct

Etymology 2Edit

From directement.

AdverbEdit

direct

  1. (colloquial) directly
    Si t'as pas envie d'y aller, dis-le direct.
    • 'If you don't want to go, say it straight up.'
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JèrriaisEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin dīrectus, perfect passive participle of dīrigō, dīrigere (straighten, direct).

AdjectiveEdit

direct m (feminine directe, masculine plural directs, feminine plural directes)

  1. direct

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Last modified on 27 March 2014, at 18:14