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"indirect" in British English

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indirectadjective

uk   /ˌɪn.daɪˈrekt/ /ˌɪn.dɪˈrekt/  us   /ˌɪn.daɪˈrekt/  /ˌɪn.dɪˈrekt/
  • indirect adjective (NOT STRAIGHT)

C1 not following a straight line, or not directly or simply connected: to take an indirect route/flight
indirectly
adverb uk   /ˌɪn.daɪˈrekt.li/ /ˌɪn.dɪˈrekt.li/  us   /ˌɪn.daɪˈrekt.li/  /ˌɪn.dɪˈrekt.li/
C1 She still controls the company indirectly through her son, who is the managing director.
(Definition of indirect from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"indirect" in American English

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indirectadjective

 us   /ˌɪn·dəˈrekt, ˌɪn·dɑɪ-/
  • indirect adjective (ADDITIONAL)

happening in addition to an intended result: Several other people were hurt as an indirect result of his carelessness.
  • indirect adjective (NOT STRAIGHT)

not following a straight line, or not connected in a simple way: an indirect route Ransom thought the best approach in defending truth is the indirect one.
(Definition of indirect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"indirect" in Business English

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indirectadjective

uk   us   /ˌɪndɪˈrekt/
not done or communicated in a direct way: We decided to take an indirect approach to tackling the problem of absenteeism. He made only an indirect reference to what had happened at the meeting.
happening in addition to an intended result, often in a way that is complicated or not obvious: This is the indirect effect of a bad business climate that discourages companies from expanding here. Incentives can pay for themselves through jobs and indirect benefits to the local economy. Here the deregulation affected the environment, but in a more indirect way.
indirectly
adverb /ˌɪndɪˈrektli/
Bosses were indirectly blamed for a stressful environment.
(Definition of indirect from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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