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direct

adjective
 
 
/dɪˈrekt, daɪˈrekt/
STRAIGHT B1 going straight from one place to another without turning or stopping: We went by the most direct route.Describing angles, lines and orientations
NOTHING BETWEEN B2 with no other person or thing involved or between: There is a direct link between smoking and cancer.Continuous and permanentConnecting and combiningVariety and mixturesMixing and mixtures
CLEAR saying clearly and honestly what you think: a direct answer →  Opposite indirect Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendly
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