Definition for direct

adjective as in undeviating; uninterrupted

adjective as in face-to-face; next to

verb as in give instructions; teach

verb as in point in a direction; guide

verb as in send, usually by mail system

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verb as in put all of efforts toward

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address, aim, apply, devote, give, set, throw, try, turn

Strong matches

bend, endeavor, fix, settle, strive

Weak match

buckle down

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Example Sentences

Players and their direct support teams and essential staff members not able to work from home will be the only players allowed to enter Melbourne Park.

Multiple assistant coaches said they have had to come to terms with the direct impact that the protocols can have on their team’s record, either by cutting down on practice time and in-person meetings or by sidelining players.

In June 2019, Housing Commissioners Stefanie Benvenuto and Ryan Clumpner directed the agency to study the viability of a vacancy fee.

The more common direct-drive motor begins spinning the blades once the machine is turned on, while a clutch-drive motor engages when you move a handle or throw a switch.

Today, Shop Pay’s payment option is used by a number of top direct-to-consumer and newer brands, including Allbirds, Kith, Beyond Yoga, Kylie Cosmetics, Jonathan Adler, Loeffler Randall, Blueland and others.

In 2009, Lee Daniels announced that he would direct Selma and that Liam Neeson would play President Lyndon Johnson.

If someone wants to ensure a direct and secure connection, no entity, whether a hotel or otherwise, should be able to block it.

The twang we hear as emblematic of white country music is actually the direct descendant of black folk music banjo.

Idiocies multiply in direct proportion to the accumulating legal rigidities.

Today they are more direct, especially in many conflict regions of the world.

Each religion claims that its own Bible is the direct revelation of God, and is the only true Bible teaching the only true faith.

The steamboat of 1809 and the steam locomotive of 1830 were the direct result of what had gone before.

It was a direct lie to tell the Austrian commander that an armistice had been arranged and the bridge ceded to the French.

I suppose that to most men such a warning would be a direct incitement to make the attempt.

Even the policeman who is paid to direct you, replies to your inquiry with the shortest and gruffest monosyllable that will do.


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What are other ways to say direct?

To direct is to give information for guidance, or instructions or orders for a course of procedure: to direct someone to the station. To conduct is to precede or escort them to a place, sometimes with a degree of ceremony: to conduct a guest to his room. Guide implies continuous presence or agency in showing or indicating a course: to guide a traveler. To lead is to bring them onward in a course, guiding by contact or by going in advance; hence, figuratively, to influence or induce to some course of conduct: to lead a procession; to lead astray.

On this page you'll find 464 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to direct, such as: blunt, candid, explicit, forthright, sincere, and straightforward.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.