direct

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direct is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
direct

Pronunciation[change]

  • IPA: /dɪˈrɛkt/, /ˌdaɪˈrɛkt/, /dɚˈɛkt/
  • SAMPA: /dI"rEkt/, /%daI"rEkt/, /d3`"Ekt/
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Adjective[change]

Positive
direct

Comparative
more direct

Superlative
most direct

  1. If something is direct, it is straight and as short as possible with nothing extra in between.
    It's a direct flight from Tokyo to Toronto with no stop in Vancouver.
    These improvement are a direct result of the recent changes.
    In talking to the president, she was more direct: "Your product is making me sick."
    There is growing contact, both direct and indirect, between the people.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
direct

Third-person singular
directs

Past tense
directed

Past participle
directed

Present participle
directing

  1. (transitive); (always with a goal) If you direct something somewhere, you point it there.
    He directed his light to the corner where he heard the noise.
    Can you please direct your attention to the screen.
    Can you direct me to the station, please?
  2. (transitive) If you direct something such as an organisation, you are in charge of if.
    She directed the investigation into the crash.
  3. (transitive & intransitive) If you direct a play or film, you tell the actors how to act.
  4. (transitive) If you direct something, you tell people what to do.
    He directed that the money go to the church after he died.
    Please close your books where you are directed to do so.

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Adverb[change]

Positive
direct

Comparative
none

Superlative
none

  1. If you go somewhere or do something direct, you do so by the shortest route without anything extra in between.

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