verb (used with object)
to manage or guide by advice, helpful information, instruction, etc.:
He directed the company through a difficult time.
to regulate the course of; control:
History is directed by a small number of great men and women.
to administer; manage; supervise:
She directs the affairs of the estate.
to give authoritative instructions to; command; order or ordain:
I directed him to leave the room.
to serve as a director in the production or performance of (a musical work, play, motion picture, etc.).
to guide, tell, or show (a person) the way to a place:
I directed him to the post office.
to point, aim, or send toward a place or object:
to direct radio waves around the globe.
to channel or focus toward a given result, object, or end (often followed by to or toward):
She directed all her energies toward the accomplishment of the work.
to address (words, a speech, a written report, etc.) to a person or persons:
The secretary directed his remarks to two of the committee members.
to address (a letter, package, etc.) to an intended recipient.
verb (used without object)
to act as a guide.
to give commands or orders.
to serve as the director of a play, film, orchestra, etc.
proceeding in a straight line or by the shortest course; straight; undeviating; not oblique:
a direct route.
proceeding in an unbroken line of descent; lineal rather than collateral:
a direct descendant.
(of a proportion) containing terms of which an increase (or decrease) in one results in an increase (or decrease) in another: a term is said to be in direct proportion to another term if one increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases).
(of a function) the function itself, in contrast to its inverse.
Compare inverse (def 2).
without intervening persons, influences, factors, etc.; immediate; personal:
direct contact with the voters; direct exposure to a disease.
straightforward; frank; candid:
the direct remarks of a forthright individual.
the direct opposite.
consisting exactly of the words originally used; verbatim:
Government. of or by action of voters, which takes effect without representatives or another intervening agency, as in direct democracy.
War will be a direct result of such political action.
allocated for or arising from a particular known agency, process, job, etc.:
The new machine was listed by the accountant as a direct cost.
Electricity. of or relating to direct current.
moving in an orbit in the same direction as the earth in its revolution around the sun.
appearing to move on the celestial sphere in the direction of the natural order of the signs of the zodiac, from west to east.
Compare retrograde (def 4).
Surveying. (of a telescope) in its normal position; not inverted or transited.
(of dye colors) working without the use of a mordant; substantive.
in a direct manner; directly; straight:
Answer me direct.
verb (mainly transitive)
to regulate, conduct, or control the affairs of
(also intransitive) to give commands or orders with authority to (a person or group): he directed them to go away
to tell or show (someone) the way to a place
to aim, point, or cause to move towards a goal
to address (a letter, parcel, etc)
to address (remarks, words, etc): to direct comments at someone
(also intransitive) to provide guidance to (actors, cameramen, etc) in the rehearsal of a play or the filming of a motion picture
to conduct (a piece of music or musicians), usually while performing oneself
another word (esp US) for conduct (sense 9)
without delay or evasion; straightforward: a direct approach
without turning aside; uninterrupted; shortest; straight: a direct route
without intervening persons or agencies; immediate: a direct link
honest; frank; candid: a direct answer
(usually prenominal) precise; exact: a direct quotation
diametrical: the direct opposite
in an unbroken line of descent, as from father to son over succeeding generations: a direct descendant
(of government, decisions, etc) by or from the electorate rather than through representatives
(logic, maths) (of a proof) progressing from the premises to the conclusion, rather than eliminating the possibility of the falsehood of the conclusion Compare indirect proof
(astronomy) moving from west to east on the celestial sphere Compare retrograde (sense 4a)
of or relating to direct current
(of a secondary induced current) having the same direction as the primary current
(of motion) in the same direction See motion (sense 9)
(of an interval or chord) in root position; not inverted
directly; straight: he went direct to the office
noun 1. the act or an instance of directing. 2. the line along which anything lies, faces, moves, etc., with reference to the point or region toward which it is directed: The storm moved in a northerly direction. 3. the point or region itself: The direction is north. 4. a position on a line extending […]
adjective 1. serving to direct; directing: a directive board. 2. Psychology. pertaining to a type of psychotherapy in which the therapist actively offers advice and information rather than dealing only with information supplied by the patient. noun 3. an authoritative instruction or direction; specific order: a new directive by the president on foreign aid. noun […]
noun 1. the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding. 2. the act or an instance of discerning. noun 1. keen perception or judgment
[self-dis-uh-plin, self-] /ˌsɛlfˈdɪs ə plɪn, ˈsɛlf-/ noun 1. discipline and training of oneself, usually for improvement: Acquiring the habit of promptness requires self-discipline. self-discipline noun 1. the act of disciplining or power to discipline one’s own feelings, desires, etc, esp with the intention of improving oneself