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Definition of Direct

Direct

  1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct line; direct means.
  2. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
  3. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
  4. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant in the direct line.
  5. 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.
  6. To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to direct an arrow or a piece of ordnance.
  7. To point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way; as, he directed me to the left-hand road.
  8. 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; as, to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army.
  9. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order; as, he directed them to go.
  10. To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to superscribe; as, to direct a letter.
  11. To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
  12. 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.
  13. Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the people through their votes instead of through one or more representatives or delegates; as, direct nomination, direct legislation.

Direct Quotations

We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Somehow, we have come to the erroneous belief that we are all but flesh, blood, and bones, and that's all. So we direct our values to material things.
Maya Angelou

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
John Wooden

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
Vince Lombardi

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.
Napoleon Bonaparte
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Direct Translations

direct in Afrikaans is rig, lei, bestuur, direk
direct in Danish is lige
direct in Dutch is mennen, dirigeren, richten, besturen
direct in Finnish is suora, opastaa, suunnata
direct in French is dirigeons, dirigez, direct, guider, diriger
direct in German is direkt, lenken, unmittelbar
direct in Italian is dirigere, regolare
direct in Latin is directus, intendo, rego rexi rectum
direct in Norwegian is styre, direkte, rettlede
direct in Portuguese is direto
direct in Spanish is mandar, impuestos, directo

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