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English definition of “direct”

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 indirectBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendly
(Definition of direct adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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