direct Definition

  • 1proceeding in a straight line or by the shortest course; straight; undeviating; not oblique
  • 2without intervening persons, influences, factors, etc.; immediate; personal
  • 3straightforward; frank; candid

Using direct: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "direct" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The direct route to the city center is through this street.

  • Example

    I have direct access to the CEO of the company.

  • Example

    Let me give you some direct advice: don't lie to your boss.

  • Example

    She was very direct in her criticism of his work.

direct Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for direct

Idioms Using direct

  • in a relationship where one thing increases or decreases as the other increases or decreases


    The amount of money he earns is in direct proportion to the number of hours he works.

  • to speak frankly and honestly


    He told her directly from the shoulder that he didn't like her new hairstyle.

  • direct one's steps

    to go straight to a particular place


    We directed our steps towards the nearest town.

Phrases with direct

  • a hit that strikes a target directly and accurately


    The missile scored a direct hit on the enemy's headquarters.

  • a flight that goes directly from one airport to another without stopping


    There are no direct flights from New York to Sydney.

  • a noun or pronoun that receives the action of a transitive verb


    In the sentence 'I ate an apple,' 'apple' is the direct object.

Origins of direct

from Latin 'directus', meaning 'straight'


Summary: direct in Brief

The term 'direct' [dəˈrekt] refers to something that is straight, straightforward, and without deviation. It can describe a physical path, as in 'The direct route to the city center is through this street,' or a personal relationship, as in 'I have direct access to the CEO of the company.' 'Direct' can also describe a communication style, as in 'She was very direct in her criticism of his work.' Phrases like 'direct hit' and 'direct flight' denote accuracy and efficiency, while idioms like 'in direct proportion to' and 'direct from the shoulder' convey a sense of honesty and frankness.

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