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Direct

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin d?rectus, perfect passive participle of d?rig? ("straighten, direct"), from dis- ("asunder, in pieces, apart, in two") + reg? ("make straight, rule"). Compare dress.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /d(a)?'kt/, /d?'kt/, /da'kt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -?kt
  • Hyphenation: di?rect

Adjective

direct (comparative more direct, superlative most direct)

  1. Proceeding without deviation or 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.
  4. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Locke and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
    • (Can we date this quote by Hallam and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
  7. (political science) Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the people through their votes instead of through one or more representatives or delegates.
    direct nomination; direct legislation
  8. (aviation, travel) having a single flight number.

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Adverb

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.

Verb

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.
    • (Can we date this quote by Lubbock and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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.
  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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Dutch

Pronunciation

Adjective

direct (comparative directer, superlative directst)

  1. direct

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Adverb

direct

  1. immediately

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Descendants

  • -> Papiamentu: dirèkt

French

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Latin d?rectus. Doublet of droit, which was inherited.

Adjective

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

  1. direct

Etymology 2

From directement.

Adverb

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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Norman

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin d?rectus, perfect passive participle of d?rig?, d?rigere ("straighten, direct"). Compare the inherited drait, drouait.

Adjective

direct m

  1. (Jersey) direct

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Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from French direct, Latin directus. Compare the inherited doublet drept.

Pronunciation

Adjective

direct m or n (feminine singular direct?, masculine plural direc?i, feminine and neuter plural directe)

  1. direct
  2. head-on

Declension

Adverb

direct

  1. directly
  2. straight

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