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Definition of 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

If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.
Mao Zedong

If Turkey is prepared to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, then its leaders can proceed immediately to direct dialogue with its counterparts in Armenia to define a common vision for the future.
Mark Foley

It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
Andre Gide

Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me.
J. K. Rowling

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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