Direct - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dəˈrekt|  American pronunciation of the word direct
Brit.  |dɪˈrekt|  British pronunciation of the word direct


- command with authority
He directed the children to do their homework
- intend (something) to move towards a certain goal (syn: aim, place, point, target)
criticism directed at her superior
direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself
- guide the actors in (plays and films)
- be in charge of
- take somebody somewhere (syn: conduct, guide, lead, take)
- cause to go somewhere (syn: send)
He directed all his energies into his dissertation
- point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards (syn: aim, take, train)
- lead, as in the performance of a composition (syn: conduct, lead)
- give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
I directed them towards the town hall
- specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public (syn: aim, calculate)
- direct the course; determine the direction of travelling (syn: guide, head, maneuver, manoeuvre, point, steer)
- put an address on (an envelope) (syn: address)
- plan and direct (a complex undertaking) (syn: engineer, mastermind, orchestrate, organize)


- having no intervening persons, agents, conditions (syn: unmediated)
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
- being an immediate result or consequence
a direct result of the accident
- in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker (syn: verbatim)
a direct quotation
- lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact
the direct opposite


- without deviation (syn: directly, straight)
the path leads directly to the lake
went direct to the office

Extra examples

Be sure that the water nozzle is directed downward.

The sloping ground helps direct water away from the home.

Let me direct your attention to the book's second chapter.

We were asked to direct our thoughts and prayers to the people who survived the disaster.

The students directed their efforts toward improving their community.

A lot of the criticism has been directed toward the concert's organizers.

He is responsible for directing the activities of the sales team.

In my current position, I direct a staff of over 200 employees.

We need someone to direct traffic.

I found a more direct route to the city.

That way is more direct.

Keep these plants out of direct sunlight.

The coastline was exposed to the direct force of the hurricane.

The weather had a direct effect on our plans.

There's a direct connection between the two events.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: direct
he/she/it: directs
present participle: directing
past tense: directed
past participle: directed
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