from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To manage or conduct the affairs of; regulate.
- transitive v. To have or take charge of; control. See Synonyms at conduct.
- transitive v. To give authoritative instructions to: directed the student to answer.
- transitive v. To cause to move toward a goal; aim. See Synonyms at aim.
- transitive v. To show or indicate the way for: directed us to the airport.
- transitive v. To cause to move in or follow a straight course: directed their fire at the target.
- transitive v. To indicate the intended recipient on (a letter, for example).
- transitive v. To address or adapt (remarks, for example) to a specific person, audience, or purpose.
- transitive v. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work.
- transitive v. To supervise the performance of.
- intransitive v. To give commands or directions.
- intransitive v. To conduct a performance or rehearsal.
- adj. Proceeding without interruption in a straight course or line; not deviating or swerving: a direct route.
- adj. Straightforward and candid; frank: a direct response.
- adj. Having no intervening persons, conditions, or agencies; immediate: direct contact; direct sunlight.
- adj. Effected by action of the voters, rather than through elected representatives or delegates: direct elections.
- adj. Being of unbroken descent; lineal: a direct descendant of the monarch.
- adj. Consisting of the exact words of the writer or speaker: a direct quotation; direct speech.
- adj. Lacking compromising or mitigating elements; absolute: direct opposites.
- adj. Mathematics Varying in the same manner as another quantity, especially increasing if another quantity increases or decreasing if it decreases.
- adj. Astronomy Designating west-to-east motion of a planet in the same direction as the sun's movement against the stars.
- adj. Sports Being a free kick in soccer by which a goal can be scored without the ball being touched by a second player.
- adv. Straight; directly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Straight, constant, without interruption.
- adv. Directly.
- v. To manage, control, steer.
- v. To aim (something) at (something else).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end
- adj. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
- adj. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
- adj. In the line of descent; not collateral.
- adj. 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.
- adj. Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the people through their votes instead of through one or more representatives or delegates.
- transitive v. To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim.
- transitive v. To point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order.
- transitive v. To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to superscribe.
- intransitive v. To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Straight; undeviating; not oblique, crooked, circuitous, refracted, or collateral: as, to pass in a direct lino from one body or place to another; a direct course or aim; a direct ray of light; direct descent (that is, descent in an unbroken line through male ancestors).
- In astronomy, appearing to move forward in the zodiac according to the natural order and succession of the signs, or from west to east: opposed to retrograde: as, the motion of a planet is direct
- Having a character, relation, or action analogous to that of straightness of direction or motion: as, a direct interest (that is, part ownership) in a property or business.
- In the natural, unreflecting way; proceeding by a simple method to attain an object; without modifying one's procedure owing to recondite considerations; explicit; free from the influence of extraneous circumstances.
- Plain; express; not ambiguous; straight forward; positive: as, he made a direct acknowledgment.
- Straightforward; characterized by the absence of equivocation or ambiguousness; open; ingenuous; sincere.
- In logic, proceeding from antecedent to consequent, from cause to effect, etc.
- To point or aim in a straight line toward a place or an object; cause to move, act, or work toward a certain object or end; determine in respect to direction: as, to direct an arrow or a piece of ordnance; to direct the eye; to direct a course or flight.
- To point out or make known a course to; impart information or advice to for guidance: as, to direct a person to his destination; he directed his friend's attention to an improved method.
- To control the course of; regulate; guide or lead; govern; cause to proceed in a particular manner: as, to direct the steps of a child, or the affairs of a nation.
- To order; instruct; point out to, as a course of proceeding, with authority; prescribe to.
- In music, to conduct; lead (a company of vocal or instrumental performers) as conductor or director.
- To superscribe; write the name and address of the recipient on; address: as, to direct a letter or a package.
- To aim or point at, as discourse; address.
- In astrology, to calculate the arc of the equator between the significator and the promoter.
- To act as a guide; point out a course; exercise power or authority in guiding.
- In music, to act as director or conductor.
- n. In musicalnotation, the sign placed at the end of a staff or of a page to indicate to the performer the position of the first note of the next staff or page.
- In a direct manner; directly; straight: as, he went direct to the point.
- In mathematics, according to the natural order or correlation: in contradistinction to inverse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lead, as in the performance of a composition
- v. be in charge of
- adj. moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
- v. give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
- v. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
- v. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
- v. cause to go somewhere
- adj. having no intervening persons, agents, conditions
- adj. direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short
- v. plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
- v. put an address on (an envelope)
- v. guide the actors in (plays and films)
- v. point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards
- v. direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
- adj. in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
- v. command with authority
- adj. straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
- adj. similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity
- adj. (of a current) flowing in one direction only
- adj. lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact
- v. take somebody somewhere
- adj. being an immediate result or consequence
- adv. without deviation
- adj. in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker
Middle English directen, from Latin dīrigere, dīrēct-, to give direction to : dī-, dis-, apart; see dis- + regere, to guide; see reg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dīrectus, perfect passive participle of dīrigō ("straighten, direct"), from dis- ("asunder, in pieces, apart, in two") + regō ("make straight, rule"). (Wiktionary)