Definition of direct in English:



  • 1Extending or moving from one place to another without changing direction or stopping.

    ‘there was no direct flight that day’
    • ‘The island has seen a tourist boom in recent years, following the introduction of direct flights from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.’
    • ‘Mr Mason compared that to the 70 or 80 trains that he estimated went through the village every day on a direct route between York and Leeds.’
    • ‘Once considered too far off the main flight paths for budget travellers, Ryanair now offers cheap direct flights from Britain.’
    • ‘When the savings aren't enough, you can always book first class, direct flights, or whatever you prefer.’
    • ‘But with direct and cheap flights to all manner of more ‘civilised’ countries, I am sure they will not be stuck.’
    • ‘Mr. Staunton said the introduction of direct flights from Birmingham to Knock were bringing in daily golfers to Enniscrone.’
    • ‘PC Braine, who used to be stationed at Pewsey, attempted to wade along the river to reach the woman, but decided it would be quicker to find a more direct route.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, sharing a liability with some other African tourist destinations, there is no direct flight to Khartoum.’
    • ‘On an earlier expedition they had failed to discover the fabled and elusive Northwest Passage that would provide a direct route from Europe to the Orient.’
    • ‘The service is reverting to the direct route between the town centre and Kirkwall Airport and the diversion across the Heathery Loan will be discontinued.’
    • ‘How could this service be a threat to the viability of a large Laundromat in an area over 5km away from our estate and not on a direct bus route?’
    • ‘You can fly directly to Palma from both Glasgow and Edinburgh with Globespan until the end of this month, and direct flights are available throughout the year.’
    • ‘Strand Travel is offering a direct flight to Istanbul and many of Chris Doran's own family are booked on the plane which leaves from Dublin.’
    • ‘The minister for transport is using this occasion to invite Arab and other foreign airlines to resume direct flight to Iraq.’
    • ‘Committee members will hear at the meeting that this is the only option that allows the cycle track to follow a direct, safe route at a low enough gradient to make it easy to cycle along it.’
    • ‘However, from November 1, the airline will offer direct nonstop flights from Malé to Heathrow on Mondays and Fridays.’
    • ‘Since the flight was a direct one to Dublin, the question seemed oddly unsettling some 30,000 feet above the Irish Sea.’
    • ‘We have reduced the level of warning in our travel advice for Pakistan; and direct British Airways flights there resumed last December.’
    • ‘The completion of Secunderabad-Mudkhed project will provide an alternative shorter direct route to Mumbai.’
    • ‘Rail campaigners are renewing calls for Bradford's two stations to be linked and for better direct rail routes to other English cities.’
    straight, undeviating, unswerving
    non-stop, unbroken, uninterrupted, straight through, through
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    1. 1.1Astronomy Astrology (of apparent planetary motion) proceeding from west to east in accord with actual motion.
      • ‘Both planets were direct in motion; Mars was moving slowly and Venus was moving swiftly.’
      • ‘Assuming planets are in direct motion, aspects are cast by swifter planets and received by slower ones.’
      • ‘At all other times the two motions will combine to produce direct motion.’
      • ‘Remember Mercury normally speeds through a sign in than three weeks when its motion is direct.’
      • ‘It is also accelerating, since it has maximum retrograde motion near inferior conjunction and maximum direct motion near superior conjunction.’
  • 2Without intervening factors or intermediaries.

    ‘the complications are a direct result of bacteria spreading’
    ‘I had no direct contact with Mr Clark’
    • ‘The second reason I worry is that the dynamism of a closer link with the United States would extend far beyond the direct trade benefits.’
    • ‘Roundtable participants identified several areas where there is a more direct link between facilities and productivity.’
    • ‘That finally resulted in a direct intervention by Foreign Secretary Jack Straw which led to Ian's liberty.’
    • ‘A lot of the things that you'll see in Chill Factor were a direct result of my efforts.’
    • ‘Contact dermatitis results from direct contact with one of many irritants or allergens.’
    • ‘It does mean, though, that interviewers need to be sensitive to the dangers to which victims may be exposed as a direct result of the interviewer's presence.’
    • ‘Such a structural change in the initiation complex can result from direct contacts between the transcription factor and RNA polymerase.’
    • ‘An inquest in Southampton heard that the former ship's fitter died of a lung disease caused as a direct result of contact with asbestos.’
    • ‘New research by a leading expert in the field has included deaths in which MRSA and other superbugs are a factor rather than the direct cause.’
    • ‘He believed that, if not checked, China would extend its direct influence over the whole of South-East Asia.’
    • ‘An exploration of a more direct link between recombination and generation of coding repeats is underway.’
    • ‘Much the most effective way of securing the intervention of the ruler was by direct personal contact, and this was achieved through his household or court.’
    • ‘But at the same time, there was a renewed interest in Early Christian art, resulting from direct contacts with Rome.’
    • ‘So far nearly all human cases of avian flu have resulted from direct contact with infected birds.’
    • ‘And then of course, someone said that it was a direct result of Divine intervention that he turned himself in.’
    • ‘However, those with the most direct contact with the camper may be in the best position to assess readiness.’
    • ‘Against Italy, their display as a pairing was very poor, and as these positions effectively control the game, a direct factor in the overall display.’
    • ‘They are committed to developing a more direct link between the tech team and the worship planning process.’
    • ‘Iran has, through intermediaries and in direct talks with the Americans, made clear what it is, and is not, willing to do.’
    • ‘In circle, we have the most direct contact with the Gods, and with the Divine within ourselves.’
    face to face, personal, unmediated, head-on, immediate, first-hand
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    1. 2.1(of light or heat) proceeding from a source without being reflected or blocked.
      ‘ferns like a bright position out of direct sunlight’
      • ‘You can even choose a prismatic block to deliberately direct light onto a light coloured ceiling where it is softly diffused around the room.’
      • ‘Using these calibrated isotropic light detectors both direct light and reflected light could be measured.’
      • ‘All medications should be stored away from heat and direct sunlight.’
      • ‘This form would block direct sunlight coming from south of the east-west axis.’
      • ‘Keep away from sources of heat (including direct sunlight, radiators, lamps and television sets).’
      • ‘In some galleries, diffused light is supplemented with direct daylight.’
      • ‘Also, do not store the balls in direct sunlight or near a heat or light source.’
      • ‘Storage at average room temperature away from direct heat or direct sunlight is best.’
      • ‘No freezing corners, icy lofts, or windswept landings and one simple direct heat source.’
      • ‘Shades on the south side block unwanted direct sunlight while reflecting light onto the ceiling of the interior.’
      • ‘Store in an amber coloured glass bottle away from direct heat or sunlight, and use within two months.’
      • ‘The surfaces that will reflect the direct light and at the same time won't produce a glare are recommended here.’
      • ‘Recall that the model was lit by large diffusers to simulate north light - not direct sunlight.’
      • ‘You can pick the tomatoes before the birds or squirrels get to them and let them ripen in bright light, not direct sunlight.’
      • ‘They can grow 12 inches high and 6 inches wide, prefer bright light but not direct sunlight.’
      • ‘But it is important not to overheat the casualty so do not apply a hot-water bottle or other source of direct heat.’
      • ‘It is animated by light - direct sunlight creates a glow.’
      • ‘They need light but avoid direct sunlight, as they may get scorched.’
      • ‘The quality of light is not determined solely by the sources of direct light.’
      • ‘Keep away from sources of ignition and direct sunlight.’
    2. 2.2(of genealogy) proceeding in continuous succession from parent to child.
      ‘a direct descendant of Edward III’
      • ‘Both were direct progeny of that parent, and one of these inbreds had additional backcrossing to that parent in its pedigree.’
      • ‘He is probably related to - a direct descendant of, possibly - Hans Christian Andersen.’
      • ‘He answers that Rabbi Yehuda Hanasi was a direct descendant of the head of Bait Hillel and continued in his ways.’
      • ‘I have been successful in tracing the Cooper family line back to the 1780s, but so far cannot find any of Mark Cooper's direct descendants.’
      • ‘The research has shown a clear genetic relationship amongst Cohanim and their direct lineage from a common ancestor.’
      • ‘She was the last direct descendant to own the house before Stenton was given to the city of Philadelphia in 1909.’
      • ‘Henry Cecil was a direct descendant of the English statesman, William Cecil, Lord Burghley.’
      • ‘He claims he's a direct descendant of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, and if you saw him shoot, you might believe him.’
      • ‘The race today also looked likely to feature a direct descendant of each horse.’
      • ‘A direct descendant of Henry VII, Viscount Mountgarret was Eton and Sandhurst educated and a former captain in the Irish Guards.’
      • ‘Why should the genetic relatedness effect be stronger for direct lineages than it is for peripheral lineages?’
      • ‘Although she gets reborn in a Caribbean setting, there is no direct lineage convincingly established for her.’
      • ‘The granddaughter and last direct descendant of the late Greek tycoon is also the inadvertent inheritor of a tragic family history.’
      • ‘Heaven doesn't want me because I'm in the direct bloodline of a vampire who dealt with the devil.’
      • ‘Her mother was a direct descendant of George Washington's brother Samuel.’
      • ‘That would make him a direct descendant of Robert II - though I suspect this is unprovable.’
      • ‘You never feel totally fine around a clan that isn't a direct descendant or ancestor of your clan, but the intensity varies.’
      • ‘They are direct descendants of the original people who lived on the land.’
      • ‘But more importantly, you are the last direct descendant of the Jester's piper son, Nathaniel.’
      • ‘She was born in the Peddie region and is a direct descendant of the British 1820 settlers who colonised the Eastern Cape.’
    3. 2.3(of a quotation) taken from someone's words without being changed.
      • ‘This is a direct quotation from the President of the Royal Society of London, the Australian, who I gather was made a Lord the other day.’
      • ‘Here's a direct quotation from the written statement he issued this week.’
      • ‘There is the direct quotation from them in paragraph 15 (albeit followed by the words of the new rule).’
      • ‘The articles incorporated substantial sections of the Minute both in direct quotation and in paraphrase.’
      • ‘A correspondent rightly faults me for not giving the direct quotation.’
      • ‘Participant's direct quotations were included to illustrate themes in this pilot study.’
      • ‘The couples' thoughts are interspersed throughout the book in the form of direct quotations.’
      • ‘The AP story limited direct quotation from the Clinton book to only 180 words.’
      • ‘Except at the end of the last movement, he avoids direct quotation.’
      • ‘Viewers gain a wealth of information about Wright and hear some of his direct quotations.’
      • ‘This ends our direct quotation from Fisher's thesis, and his description of his machine.’
      • ‘There is a more serious question that arises from a book that relies so heavily on direct quotations.’
      • ‘A final document of themes, categories, and direct quotations was sent to each of us for validation.’
      • ‘However, the text contains few direct quotations or thoughts from Douglas herself.’
      • ‘The fact is, the standards for direct quotation in print media are scandalously low, and should be reformed.’
      • ‘This is followed by a more detailed treatment that includes both synthesis and direct quotations.’
      • ‘He cites not a single work, nor is there any direct quotation.’
      • ‘I haven't been able to come up with a direct quotation, so I thought I better ask you directly.’
      • ‘Fromkin uses footnotes to identify direct quotations rather than to support historical argument.’
      • ‘A quick check established that this was the case with all of the references given in the book, even for direct quotations.’
    4. 2.4(of taxation) levied on income or profits rather than on goods or services.
      • ‘Thus the adoption of true free trade involves the abolition of all indirect taxation of whatever kind, and the resort to direct taxation for all public revenues.’
      • ‘In addition, the government had been able to reduce direct taxation and pay off part of the national debt from the proceeds of privatization.’
    5. 2.5Complete (used for emphasis)
      ‘attitudes which were in direct contrast to the confrontational perspectives of the past’
      • ‘I also think that the mayor is in direct contrast to the president.’
      • ‘The humour appears most frequently when actions and statements are the direct opposite of what is really felt.’
      • ‘This was in direct contrast to when the cold war was at its height.’
      • ‘In direct contrast to the style of the women sitting opposite me, Dobbin's decor looks like it had been designed by Jackie Healy-Rae.’
      • ‘Welsh's background is almost the direct opposite of McCall Smith's.’
      • ‘It was a direct contrast to the browns and blacks of the peat moors above.’
      • ‘In direct contrast, feminist accounts have pushed Shajara into the limelight at the cost of the events themselves.’
      • ‘Huntington's innings had been in direct contrast.’
      • ‘In direct contrast to this shape, it is easy to initially bypass the heavy mantelpiece placed high on the wall near the entrance.’
      • ‘I am not so much against fun - although I suppose I kind of am - as I am the direct opposite of fun.’
      • ‘This is, after all, the direct opposite of consumption.’
      • ‘But in direct contrast to this point the laid-back attitude is an awfully good antidote to stress - in theory.’
      • ‘In direct contrast to most major cities, in La Paz, the poor have the best view.’
      • ‘In direct contrast to a year before, holly berries were almost completely absent now, possibly because of the wet season.’
      • ‘Yet their fictional lives are placed in direct contrast with their shabby and poor surroundings.’
      • ‘They are in direct contrast with each other, absolutely, and I am astounded by that.’
      • ‘Late modern society has privileged freedom over security, in direct contrast to the social values and structures of high modernity.’
      • ‘In this vein they have made the quest for life, the universe and anything the main story thread which is in direct contrast to the original work.’
      • ‘In direct contrast to most of the gigs I go to, this one was all seated.’
      • ‘What Goldsmith actually wrote is therefore the direct opposite of what Jenkins claims he wrote.’
      exact, absolute, complete, diametrical, downright, thorough, extreme
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  • 3(of a person or their behaviour) going straight to the point; frank.

    ‘he is very direct and honest’
    • ‘He's very direct, he's a very honest person, he's a very religious person, he means exactly what he says.’
    • ‘They both are very direct men, they both are very honest and sincere men and they both are men who don't mince their words.’
    • ‘He is an immensely likeable, straightforward and direct person.’
    • ‘But, at the same time, he is a sincere and direct person, who doesn't fear saying what he thinks.’
    • ‘Speak clearly, compellingly, and without reluctance; assert yourself as a direct leader.’
    • ‘He is so direct, he practically assaults the modern, spin-accustomed ear.’
    • ‘I loved these people - they are so direct, there is no hidden agenda.’
    • ‘She always liked the way Miss Louise was always direct and straight.’
    • ‘He is direct in confronting over-negative perspectives.’
    • ‘We sure appreciate you being so direct with us and joining us.’
    • ‘They are more direct than us, in some ways like animals, but also with more elaborate notions of politeness.’
    • ‘And he was, is, a very honest, very direct bloke and I had a lot of time for him.’
    • ‘He thinks they're more mature, they're more direct and they're much less dramatic.’
    • ‘As a method of communication they are less direct than straightforward statements, but they may often be more effective.’
    • ‘That was one of the many things he liked about her, she was direct and she always got straight to the point.’
    • ‘His flaw was his indispensable virtue: he was direct and candid in telling the unvarnished truth.’
    • ‘He is a bit upset by that, that anybody thought he was wanting to leave just for one half-time where I was more direct with the players than I have been for a few months.’
    • ‘But I also liked how he was direct about the age thing, candid but tactful.’
    • ‘She's very direct when you ask her about her pet hates.’
    • ‘He's somewhat direct and straightforward in his approach to business.’
    frank, straightforward, honest, candid, open, sincere, straight, straight to the point, blunt, plain-spoken, outspoken, forthright, downright, uninhibited, unreserved, point blank, no-nonsense, matter-of-fact, bluff, undiplomatic, tactless
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    1. 3.1(of evidence or proof) bearing immediately and unambiguously upon the facts at issue.
      ‘there is no direct evidence that officials accepted bribes’
      • ‘This, in fact, is direct evidence supporting the model of amyloids as waterfilled nanotubes.’
      • ‘The evidence has a direct bearing on future strategies for all transport agencies, public and private.’
      • ‘These data provide direct evidence confirming earlier hypotheses that the silica pump is weak in Monterey Bay.’
      • ‘We saw no direct evidence that such information was being used, but it's certainly out there for the taking.’
      • ‘Late on Friday night, authorities freed three of the protesters, saying there was no direct proof that they were involved in attacks on police.’
      • ‘Defendants will have to call their informants or provide other direct evidence.’
      • ‘More direct evidence of water on Mars comes from detailed images obtained by Mars Global Surveyor.’
      • ‘The evidence will have a direct bearing on any further investigations into the arms deal.’
      • ‘In fact, no direct evidence linked the trailers to biological production at all.’
      • ‘It is not a direct proof that the mind is something more than a machine, but a schema of disproof for any particular version of mechanism that may be put forward.’
      • ‘Where direct proofs are lacking philosophy occupies the important place.’
      • ‘And in every case could it fairly and reasonably make such a finding of fact in the absence of direct evidence from the Investor?’
      • ‘We know Roman coins were found there in times past, but there is no other direct evidence.’
      • ‘Some point to the fact there is no direct evidence that Hitler himself gave the order for the final solution.’
      • ‘But there is no direct evidence that the fresh air supply opening was in fact blocked in any way on this occasion.’
      • ‘Despite the lack of direct evidence, certain trends which impinged upon acting can be traced across the period.’
      • ‘Some findings of primary fact will be the result of direct evidence, whereas others will depend upon inference from direct evidence of such facts.’
      • ‘In fact there is direct evidence in this case that at least some of the claimants were aware of the resistance in the market place at all material times.’
      • ‘As Mrs. Holland has not suffered a cardiac arrest, this evidence has no direct bearing on the issues that were before the Board.’
      • ‘I do not have direct evidence that allows me to choose between the two possibilities.’
  • 4Perpendicular to a surface; not oblique.

    ‘a direct butt joint between surfaces of steel’


  • 1With no one or nothing in between.

    ‘they seem reluctant to deal with me direct’
    • ‘Instead it buys direct from big manufacturers including Walls and Nestle.’
    • ‘They opened the scoring after 5 minutes when Kieran Keegan scored direct from a corner.’
    • ‘We used to buy so many kettle elements that we bought them direct from the manufacturer in crates of 100.’
    • ‘I don't read Slate at all, but have Dear Prudence delivered direct to my inbox.’
    • ‘One overriding principle governs farmers' markets everywhere: the producer sells direct to the consumer.’
    • ‘However tension between the two over the deal led to the company being sold to Enel direct.’
    • ‘Prior to this date personnel were enlisted direct and not included with figures rendered by military recruiting authorities.’
    • ‘Users of the innovative Wiltshire Wigglybus service can now book their next journey direct from their mobile phone, using the new text booking service.’
    • ‘If you can't face all that fiddle, follow my example and buy direct from small Dorset company, Thursday Cottage.’
    • ‘We got our first goal against the run of play when Pat Kennedy scored direct from a corner.’
    • ‘There's been a lot of talk about manufacturers selling direct to the consumer.’
    • ‘Several are sold direct to the consumer via the Internet or boating magazines.’
    • ‘Eventually Boys did pull a goal back when Simon Rea scored direct from a corner on 78 minutes.’
    • ‘Of course when you live in NZ there are some caveats with buying consumer electronics direct from Japan.’
    • ‘They make it possible for the experts to go direct, without any intermediaries.’
    • ‘Although sales this time last year were buoyant many exporters and finishers used our catalogue to buy direct from farms.’
    directly, straight, in person, without an intermediary
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    1. 1.1By a straight route or without breaking a journey.
      ‘Austrian Airlines are flying direct to Innsbruck again’


  • 1Control the operations of; manage or govern.

    ‘an economic elite directed the nation's affairs’
    • ‘The AOC directs airpower for a theater and the NOSC directs Net Operations.’
    • ‘In a reversal of a decision made nearly two years ago, Iowa State's new campus dining services will be directed and managed by the residence department.’
    • ‘Military planners rely on them to provide command-and-control centres from which operations can be directed.’
    • ‘In this role, he manages and directs the Life Skills Support Center, and family advocacy, substance abuse and drug demand reduction programs.’
    • ‘He suggests that we should learn from empire, so when we go into places like Iraq we appoint a modern-day governor-general who directs military and political operations.’
    • ‘The organizational literature depicts managers as controlling and directing operations.’
    • ‘Recently she managed and directed the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring program.’
    • ‘It includes the battlespace management process of planning, directing, coordinating, and controlling forces and operations.’
    • ‘The PST was set up in September for the specific purpose of monitoring and directing Operation Relex.’
    • ‘So when managing and directing the firm's performance, you have to say explicitly that this is part of the strategy and that it's very important.’
    • ‘He will be responsible for directing and managing many of the programs and day-to-day operations and activities at NASA.’
    • ‘States control and direct society, contain nations, and command territories.’
    • ‘Above all, we need these strategies to be directed by a national government focused constantly on the task, not just whenever a media opportunity arises.’
    • ‘The navy also directed the seaborne logistic operation that sustained the American forces and their allies in Southeast Asia.’
    • ‘Indeed it's trying to throw reporters off by saying the operation was planned and directed by Iraqi police.’
    • ‘One also recalls many a ministers operating from the police control rooms and directing the anti-minority operations.’
    • ‘Behind it all is the even more complicated organisation or organisations which direct and manage Hindu religious nationalism.’
    • ‘Modernization caused the HBC to be a simpler business to manage, and led to changes in the way it directed and monitored its operations.’
    • ‘They form a small mystical elite which directs the community's religious life and guards its ‘soul’.’
    • ‘Reason is no less of the nature of man than passion, and is the same in all men, because all men agree in the will to be directed and governed in the way to that which they desire to attain, namely their own good, which is the work of reason.’
    administer, manage, run, control, govern, conduct, handle
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    1. 1.1Supervise and control (a film, play, or other production, or the actors in it)
      ‘the film is directed by Sir Richard Attenborough’
      • ‘The film, which premiered at Sundance, was directed by first-time feature filmmaker Joshua Marston.’
      • ‘Redford then went on to direct what would turn out to be one of my all-time favorite movies.’
      • ‘That he also directed the film and supervised the CGI backdrop just adds to the remarkable nature of the production.’
      • ‘No, I think actually one of the main things I learned from directing film is that actors should really just shut up.’
      • ‘This was the first time a Sinhala director directed a Tamil language film.’
      • ‘The first film I saw in this synchronous series was In the Bedroom, directed by newcomer Todd Field.’
      • ‘The film is appallingly directed, exposing the actors to scenes of baffling embarrassment.’
      • ‘I don't believe actor Robert Young ever directed a film, possibly feeling that it wasn't something he was suited to.’
      • ‘As well as being a gifted rapper, Marcus is an actor and recently directed the play ‘Minority Report’ at Manchester's Contact Theatre.’
      • ‘But the entire feature, directed by newcomer Bennett Miller, deserves praise.’
      • ‘Usually, this shift is accompanied by a great deal of giddy chatter about finally having control of a vision, particularly when an actor is directing his first film.’
      • ‘Roger Avery directs with a flair for despair.’
      • ‘Two recent films directed by prominent American actors deal with Latin American political intrigue in an odd partnership with dance.’
      • ‘Over the years, he has written novels and screenplays and even produced and directed the critically acclaimed film The Missionary.’
      • ‘Along with his nephew, Kit, Kiran has written, produced and directed a short thriller film which has been shot in Hounslow and Richmond.’
      • ‘In addition to starring, the Academy Award-winning actor is also directing and producing the film - and doing his own singing.’
      • ‘I always thought I wouldn't let that happen to any of my actors when I directed the film.’
      • ‘John also directed the 2001 film Lucky Girl, which received two Gemini awards.’
      • ‘Starring Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman, the film was both directed and executive produced by Pollack, and he even plays an uncredited minor role in it.’
      • ‘Letting famous film directors direct operas has resulted in both smashing successes and dismal failures.’
    2. 1.2Train and conduct (a group of musicians).
      • ‘Leading the ensemble will be Hugh Smith, senior lecturer in music, who has wide performing and music interest and also directs the St Martin's College Choir and Community Concert Band.’
      • ‘The excellent Armonico Consort musicians and singers, directed by Christopher Monks, create a background to which the action unfolds.’
      • ‘The conductor is David Brophy, who directed the National Symphony Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games earlier this year.’
      • ‘The beautiful choir from St Aiden's N.S. was trained and directed by Vivienne Lee and the organist was her father George Lee.’
  • 2 Aim (something) in a particular direction or at a particular person.

    ‘heating ducts to direct warm air to rear-seat passengers’
    ‘his smile was directed at Lois’
    • ‘Anger and resentment should be directed at management and governors, not fellow workers.’
    • ‘Questions were also directed at the audience comprising students and teachers.’
    • ‘The Kildare keeper saved well and Sexton flung himself through the air but could not direct the ball into the net as the clock ran out on Down's challenge.’
    • ‘With a fan at the base of the cabinet, warm air is directed at the dogs inside, gently drying them for 30 minutes after their wash.’
    • ‘The majority of Sheard's jokes are directed outward, at various hecklers and hangers-on.’
    • ‘The previously flawless Kennedy stepped up and directed the ball wide.’
    • ‘Chris glanced briefly at the younger man and chuckled, then directed his piercing gray gaze back at me.’
    • ‘Tony Ellis came closest to breaking the deadlock but directed his header wide leaving Emmerson to snatch a priceless win.’
    • ‘These devices intercept the particles coming from the region between the plasma and the walls, and then neutralize them before directing them into pumping ducts.’
    • ‘You need to direct the warm air from the vents against the windows to compensate for this.’
    • ‘When you flick a switch, cold air from the air conditioning system is directed into it to chill your drink.’
    • ‘I will check this tracker from time to time, to see what sort of strange Google searches direct people here.’
    • ‘She patted Sibyl's dark head then directed her gaze toward the square opening in the wall.’
    • ‘A box fan held open the window, whirring loudly as it directed the warm air from outside inward.’
    • ‘The participants had to simultaneously direct two moving points to a given destination.’
    • ‘Several times in the second half he eased himself into scoring positions and directed a header wide.’
    • ‘If the armed forces of a country are defending it against an invading force, then their operations must be directed against the enemy forces quite generally.’
    • ‘His weak shot was directed straight at the keeper and saved easily.’
    • ‘The boy smiled tentatively, directing his gaze in Kyle's direction, and moved to walk past the man.’
    • ‘"Have fun, " Emmy told them, however, the comment was directed mainly at Chris.’
    aim, point, level
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    1. 2.1Tell or show (someone) how to get somewhere.
      ‘can you direct me to the railway station, please?’
      • ‘He directs us to the site of the former convenience store, where we run in to explain why we're late.’
      • ‘A kindly security guard directs us on our way out.’
      • ‘For a while the route was easy to follow; I just looked for the plethora of brown signs directing me to my next destination, The Waterton Countryside Discovery Centre and the Squire's Cafe.’
      • ‘Suddenly it takes pity on me and works, directs me into my destination which is a place I would never have found even if I'd lived next to it.’
      • ‘Now, at this point in time, I'm reaaally tired (driving 640 miles a week does take a toll on you) and Kim was directing me up a hill to get to her home.’
      • ‘South-east of Parham, along Collins Road, you'll see the signs directing you to historic Betty's Hope Estate.’
      • ‘Paramedic Chris Collins said they did not know Scarborough and had to be directed by ambulance controllers to the address in Eastfield, where they arrived at 1.46 am.’
      • ‘Ignore a waymarked gate on the right and follow the track as it winds left, through woodland, and comes to a signpost, directing you right along a pleasing grassy track.’
      • ‘Laurie pinpoints a location and directs Shawn to a scenic overlook.’
      • ‘I imagined directing someone to where I'd just been: ‘Get on a train and let yourself go.’’
      • ‘I usually go down Haylands Way and Polhill Avenue, but it directs me via Kimbolton Road…’
      • ‘If you bypass that town on the N80, you will observe that all signs directing you to the town say ‘Ceatharlach town centre’.’
      give directions to, indicate the way, point the way, show the way
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    2. 2.2Address or give instructions for the delivery of (a letter or parcel)
      ‘put them all in one packet, and direct them to me’
      • ‘A letter directed to Senator Tom Daschle is thought to be the source of the anthrax, but authorities have not ruled out the possibility that other tainted letters are involved.’
      • ‘Since I am the treasurer and the niece sends the dues checks to this address, she directed a certified letter here for the Empress.’
      • ‘Secondly, this letter was also not directed to the bar girls.’
      • ‘I wrote a personal letter directed to him and he would not respond.’
      • ‘At one point in 2000 the ISP was receiving up to 10 million spams a day - mostly directed to non-existent email addresses.’
      address, label, superscribe
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    3. 2.3Focus (one's thoughts) on or address (one's efforts) towards something.
      • ‘Negatives mainly directed the attention toward other problems such as extrapulmonary infections and noninfectious complications.’
      • ‘The government is committed to combating social exclusion, and its initial efforts have been directed towards establishing the Universal Bank and forcing normal banks to offer basic bank accounts.’
      • ‘Consequently, significant focus has been directed toward a basic understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved.’
      • ‘Personally, I gave myself a couple of weeks to mourn, and began directing my thoughts towards who he truly was and what he'd shown me.’
      • ‘Her first thought was directed towards the partially open windows on two of her bedroom walls.’
      • ‘Let me ask you, what relief efforts are being directed towards preventing this kind of disaster from occurring again?’
      • ‘In the humblest of ways the UTT's mission of ‘Education with a global vision’ is directed towards the achievement of this noble ideal.’
      • ‘That was a real puzzle to me because as far as I could recall, my effort had always been directed toward accomplishing some goal, or being good, or at least looking good.’
      • ‘Your efforts are best directed towards the radio station, Clear Channel, and the advertisers.’
      • ‘Instead of putting the victim first, most effort has been directed towards the offender.’
      • ‘To be fair, the Ombudsman has also directed his attention to two individuals, in particular.’
      • ‘Much of the company's effort will now be directed towards trying to retain the franchise.’
      • ‘You are slowly falling in love, I chanted in my head, directing all thoughts toward the guy walking slightly ahead of me.’
      • ‘She barely heard the music as she proceeded down the aisle of the church; all of her thoughts were directed towards thinking about what she was going to do now.’
      • ‘Her face was intent on the Caddy, and it was with some effort that she directed her attention towards him.’
      • ‘George Bush has primarily directed his attention to school reform, leaving higher education to look after itself.’
      • ‘And that's what everyone's efforts have been directed towards.’
      • ‘Now our thoughts are directed toward the road race on Saturday.’
      • ‘Thoughts were directed towards home, but there was also uncertainty about what they might do in Canada and what the government would do for them.’
      • ‘In cognition we direct ourselves towards entities but we can only do this if unconcealment has taken place.’
      focus, centre, centralize, bring to bear
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    4. 2.4Address a comment to or aim a criticism at.
      ‘his criticism was directed at the wastage of ammunition’
      ‘I suggest that he direct his remarks to the council’
      • ‘He directed his next comment to Adrian as they moved to get into the truck.’
      • ‘‘That little walk he took, opened the wound again,’ Hannah said, directing her comment to her parents.’
      • ‘Cllr Brian Stanley joined the debate, directing his comments to Cllr Lodge.’
      • ‘I was directing my comment to the Northlands School Division where the graduation rate is extremely low.’
      • ‘He is directing these comments to the ruling elite, assuring it that a Kerry administration would continue the US drive for global hegemony, but would more competently manage the policy's execution.’
      • ‘It seemed ironic to me that Atkinson should direct his comments to a black player who grew up believing he was mixed race.’
      • ‘He directed the last comment to the man with her trunk.’
      • ‘These are the people that most of my comments will be directed to.’
      • ‘If she is worried about a small group of people holding up progress and costing York taxpayers money, then perhaps she might like to direct her comments to the Lib Dem council, a group set to get very much smaller after 2007.’
      • ‘Maria suddenly spoke up, directing her comment to Julia.’
      • ‘I wasn't sure who she directed the comment to but I was guessing it was Max.’
      • ‘The West directed their comments to two audiences: the governments of the Eastern states and those individuals dissenting from prevailing practices in Soviet-bloc states.’
      • ‘‘That's alright, I willingly give up my share to any takers,’ she said pointedly, directing her comment to Ray-Ray who was acting blissfully ignorant.’
      • ‘However, I'm directing my comment to Nancy and the psychologist there.’
      • ‘She also rebuked her, telling her this was not a news conference, and ordered her to direct her remarks to the court.’
      • ‘Remember to write as if you are facing the person you are directing your comments to.’
      • ‘I would like to direct my comments to two Supplementary Order Papers on the Table that relate to Part 1.’
      • ‘He patted the man roughly on the cheek and took a step back, directing his next comment to the guards.’
      • ‘‘My patience is running thin,’ Vincenzi said while turning to Domi, so that it was unclear who the comment was directed to.’
      • ‘‘You have made a new start on a difficult journey requiring courage and leadership each day,’ Bush said, directing his comments to Abbas.’
    5. 2.5Target a product or advertisement specifically at (someone)
      ‘the book is directed at the younger reader’
      • ‘Although individuals' personal information will remain confidential, the database will enable the advertisers to direct their ads at specific geographies and types of customer.’
      • ‘And surely any campaign which effectively improves the health of people is a good thing, no matter whether it is directed at certain groups or mass targeted.’
      • ‘‘The key with any advertising is understanding the target that that advertising is directed at,’ Wolf said.’
      target, market
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    6. 2.6archaic Guide or advise in a course or decision.
      ‘the conscience of the credulous prince was directed by saints and bishops’
  • 3 Give (someone) an official order or authoritative instruction.

    ‘the judge directed him to perform community service’
    [with clause] ‘he directed that no picture from his collection could be sold’
    • ‘Five years later, in 1993, the High Court favoured the petition and directed the Government to implement the rule of law.’
    • ‘Acting on the report, the High Court had directed the Government to take action to clear the green belt area from encroachments.’
    • ‘The Supreme Court, on January 15, 2002, directed the Punjab government to complete the canal in a year.’
    • ‘The men are seeking a court order directing the government to uphold their constitutional rights.’
    • ‘Somehow, a year later, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was directed to conduct economic assessments of the canal.’
    • ‘The government directed Commonwealth agencies not to provide submissions to the Committee.’
    • ‘The Government has directed the Boundary Committee to carry out a review of the current local government structure in Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria and to come up with options for change.’
    • ‘The president would begin by directing the U.S. Strategic Command to take a thousand warheads off its ICBMs and put them in storage not less than three hundred miles away.’
    • ‘In July 2004, the government directed BDA to stall the layout process reportedly due to irregularities in tendering.’
    • ‘Cllr Durcan then proceeded to tell the Mayor he should have the conviction to direct the Manager to withdraw his remarks.’
    • ‘Estrada, for his part, allegedly directed the government's Toll Regulatory Board and the Public Estates Authority to proceed with the acquisition of the land.’
    • ‘He expressed regret at the ‘sad loss of life, that cannot be replaced’, and said he had directed the mine management to do everything possible for the affected families.’
    • ‘If it decides to confirm this, the commission can direct the Government to abolish, or alter, the aid.’
    • ‘The Supreme Court has directed the State Governments and Union Territories to abide by the norms.’
    • ‘However, Speaker Chatterjee refused to do so saying he cannot direct the Government or a Minister to make a statement.’
    • ‘There were two orders directing them to supply expert reports in support of their claims.’
    • ‘Private agencies or NGOs carrying out development projects for the Government shall also be directed to pay compensation amount to the landowners.’
    • ‘He also urged the Government to direct the BDA to call a meeting of farmers to decide on the compensation.’
    • ‘On 7 August 96, the court also directed the Punjab government to pay one million rupees as interim compensation to Mrs. Khalra.’
    • ‘The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the State government to give a detailed report on the permissions granted for change of land use in Bangalore city.’
    instruct, tell, command, order, give orders to, charge, call on, require, dictate
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Late Middle English: from Latin directus, past participle of dirigere, from di- distinctly or de- down + regere put straight.