indirect Definition

  • 1not in a direct course or path; deviating from a straight line; roundabout
  • 2not direct in action or procedure; not straightforward; oblique

Using indirect: Examples

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

  • Example

    She gave me indirect directions to the restaurant.

  • Example

    The company used an indirect approach to market their product.

  • Example

    His indirect answer made me suspicious.

indirect Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with indirect

  • a noun or pronoun that indicates to or for whom or what the action of a verb is performed


    In the sentence 'I gave him the book,' 'him' is the indirect object.

  • lighting that is diffused or reflected, rather than shining directly on a surface


    The room had a cozy atmosphere due to the indirect lighting.

  • expenses that are not directly tied to a specific product or service, such as rent, utilities, and salaries


    The company had to cut down on indirect costs to increase profits.

Origins of indirect

from Latin 'indirectus', meaning 'not straight'


Summary: indirect in Brief

The term 'indirect' [ˌɪndəˈrɛkt] refers to something that is not in a direct course or path, or not direct in action or procedure. It can describe roundabout directions, oblique answers, or indirect lighting. 'Indirect' can also refer to an indirect object, which indicates to or for whom or what the action of a verb is performed.

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