Synonyms of direct in English:

direct


See definition of direct

adjective

1‘this was the most direct route’

SYNONYMS

straight, undeviating, unswerving

shortest, quickest

ANTONYMS

indirect

2‘he took a direct flight to Cyprus’

SYNONYMS

non-stop, unbroken, uninterrupted, straight through, through

3‘he is very direct and honest’

SYNONYMS

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

not afraid to call a spade a spade, not beating around the bush, speaking as one finds

explicit, clear, plain, unequivocal, unambiguous, unqualified, categorical

informal straight from the shoulder, upfront

ANTONYMS

evasive

4‘he preferred to rely on direct contact with the leaders’

SYNONYMS

face to face, personal, unmediated, head-on, immediate, first-hand

tête-à-tête

informal from the horse's mouth

5‘a direct quotation’

SYNONYMS

verbatim, word for word, letter for letter, to the letter, faithful, undeviating, strict, exact, precise

unadulterated, unabridged, unvarnished, unembellished

accurate, correct

ANTONYMS

loose

6‘Martin is his direct opposite’

SYNONYMS

exact, absolute, complete, diametrical, downright, thorough, extreme


adverb

1‘accommodation can be booked direct from the hotel’

SYNONYMS

directly, straight, in person, without an intermediary

tête-à-tête


verb

1‘the elders directed the affairs of the tribe’

SYNONYMS

administer, manage, run, control, govern, conduct, handle

be in charge of, be in control of, be in command of, be the boss of, lead, head, command, rule, preside over, exercise control over, be responsible for, be at the helm of

supervise, superintend, oversee, guide, regulate, orchestrate, coordinate, engineer, mastermind

informal run the show, call the shots, call the tune, pull the strings, be in the driving seat, be in the saddle

2‘Jennifer was unsure if this comment was directed at her’

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aim, point, level

address to, intend for, mean for, destine for

focus on, train on, turn on, fix on

3‘most of these books are directed at teenage girls’

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target, market

orient towards, pitch to, pitch towards

design for, tailor to

4‘a man in uniform directed them to the hall’

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give directions to, indicate the way, point the way, show the way

guide, steer, lead

conduct, accompany, usher, escort, navigate, pilot

5‘put all the documents in one package and direct it to me’

SYNONYMS

address, label, superscribe

post, send, mail, dispatch

6‘the judge directed the jury to return a not guilty verdict’

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instruct, tell, command, order, give orders to, charge, call on, require, dictate

adjure, enjoin

literary bid