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directadjective

 us   /dəˈrekt, dɑɪ-/

direct adjective (STRAIGHT)

going in a ​straightline toward ​somewhere or someone without ​stopping or ​changingdirection and without anything coming in between: Is there a direct ​flight to Madison, or do we have to ​changeplanes in Chicago? This ​plant should be ​kept out of direct ​sunlight. Direct also ​means without anyone or anything ​else being ​involved: She ​fired the ​principal and took direct ​control of the ​school. Direct also ​means very ​honest in saying what you ​mean: Her ​manner was ​businesslike and direct.

directverb

 us   /dəˈrekt, dɑɪ-/

direct verb (AIM)

[T always + adv/prep] to ​aim something in a ​particulardirection or at ​particularpeople: His ​criticism was directed at everybody who ​disagreed with him. [T always + adv/prep] To direct is also to show someone the ​particular way to get ​somewhere: Can you direct me to the nearest ​busstop?

direct verb (CONTROL)

[I/T] to ​control or be in ​charge of an ​activity, ​organization, etc.: [T] General Eisenhower directed the ​alliedforces in ​World War II. [I/T] When someone directs a ​movie, ​play, etc., that ​persontells the ​actors how to ​playtheirparts.

direct verb (ORDER)

[T] fml to give an ​order or ​instruction to someone: The ​judge directed the ​defendant to be ​quiet.

directadverb

 us   /dəˈrekt, dɑɪ-/

direct adverb (WITHOUT INVOLVING OTHERS)

without anything or anyone ​else being ​involved: Can I ​dial this ​number direct or do I have to go through the ​operator?
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directadjective

uk   us   /daɪˈrekt/ /dɪ-/

direct adjective (STRAIGHT)

B1 going in a ​straightline towards ​somewhere or someone without ​stopping or ​changingdirection: a direct route/​line Is there a direct ​train to Edinburgh?B2 without anyone or anything ​else being ​involved or between: She ​decided to take direct ​control of the ​project. He ​denied that he had any direct ​involvement in the ​deal. Do you have any direct ​experience of this ​kind of ​work? He ​left as a direct result/​consequence of what she said. There is a direct link/​connection between ​smoking and ​lungcancer.direct light/heat stronglight or ​heat that has nothing ​protecting and ​separating you from it: This ​plant should be ​kept out of direct ​sunlight.direct relation/relative/descendant a ​relation who is ​related to you through one of ​yourparents, not through an ​aunt or ​uncle, etc.: Diana is a direct ​descendant of Robert Peel.
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direct adjective (COMPLETE)

complete: a direct contrast She's very ​thoughtful - the direct opposite of her ​sister.

direct adjective (HONEST)

C1 Someone who is direct says what they ​think in a very ​honest way without ​worrying about other people's ​opinions: I like her ​open and direct ​manner.
directness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/

directadverb

uk   us   /daɪˈrekt/ /dɪ-/

direct adverb (STRAIGHT)

B1 in a ​straightline towards ​somewhere without ​stopping or ​changingdirection: Does this ​bus go direct to the ​airport?B1 without anyone or anything ​else being ​involved or between: I ​intended to go direct to the ​manager with my ​complaint.

directverb

uk   us  

direct verb (CONTROL)

C1 [T] to ​control or be in ​charge of an ​activity, ​organization, etc.: She directs a ​largecharity.C1 [T] to ​tellpeople the ​direction in which they must ​drive: There was a ​policeofficer directing the ​traffic.B1 [I or T] to be in ​charge of a ​film or ​play and ​tell the ​actors how to ​playtheirparts: He ​wanted to give up ​acting and ​start directing (his own ​films). "Jaws" was directed by Steven Spielberg.
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direct verb (AIM)

C1 [T usually + adv/prep] to ​aim something in a ​particulardirection: Was that ​remark directedat/towards me? Criticism was directed against/at the ​manufacturers of the ​product.
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direct verb (SAY WHERE)

B1 [T] to ​tell someone how to get ​somewhere: Could you direct me to the ​airport? I couldn't ​find the ​station, so I ​asked someone if they could direct me.

direct verb (ORDER)

[T + obj + to infinitive ] formal to ​order someone, ​especiallyofficially: The ​judge directed the ​defendant toremainsilent.

directadverb

uk   us  
without having to ​stop or ​changedirection: Does this ​train go direct to Edinburgh? without anything or anyone ​else being ​involved or in between: Can I ​dial this ​number direct or do I have to go through the ​switchboard?
(Definition of direct from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "direct" - Business English Dictionary

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directadjective

uk   us   /dɪˈrekt, daɪˈrekt/
without anyone or anything else being involved or coming between two ​people or things: She decided to take direct ​control of the ​project. He had had no direct involvement with the ​deal. Have you any direct ​experience of this ​kind of ​work? The ​managerstalked about the need for more direct ​communication between ​employees. We do not and cannot ​accept any direct ​compensation or ​gifts.
happening as an immediate ​effect of something: Delays in ​projectschedules are often the direct ​result of ​cuttingcosts. We hope that the ​increase in the ​marketingbudget will have a direct ​impact on ​sales.
TRANSPORT going to a ​place without any ​stops or ​changes in direction: a direct ​flight/​route

directverb [T]

uk   us   /dɪˈrekt, daɪˈrekt/
to ​control or be in ​charge of an ​activity, ​organization, etc.: She directs a large ​charity. They've ​appointed someone from outside the ​organization to direct the ​fiscalreview.
to ​aim something in a particular direction, or at a particular ​person or ​group of ​people: direct sth toward(s) sb This ​salespromotion is directed toward ​retailcustomers.direct sth to sth/sb Please direct ​concerns and ​queries to the ​projectadministrator. Any future ​donations will be directed to the ​housingfund. We need to direct the board's ​attention to this matter immediately.

directadverb

uk   us   /dɪˈrekt, daɪˈrekt/
without anything or anyone else being involved, or coming between two ​people or things: Can I ​dial this ​number direct or do I have to go through the ​switchboard?
TRANSPORT without making a ​stop or a ​change in direction: I'm not sure if you can fly direct to Buenos Aires from here.
(Definition of direct from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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