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direct

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of direct

  1. 1 done or working without something else coming in between <a zoologist whose works are based entirely on her direct observation of animals in the wild> <the virus was the direct cause of the disease> Synonyms firsthand, immediate, primary, unmediated Related Words clinical, empirical (also empiric); efficient, proximate; hands-on Antonyms indirect, secondhand

  2. 2 free in expressing one's true feelings and opinions <our coach is very direct, never hesitating for a moment to tell a player whenever he isn't performing up to snuff> Synonyms candid, frank, forthcoming, forthright, foursquare, freehearted, free-spoken, honest, open, openhearted, out-front, outspoken, plain, plainspoken, straight, straightforward, unguarded, unreserved, up-frontRelated Words artless, earnest, guileless, ingenuous, innocent, naive (or naïve), natural, real, sincere, unaffected, undesigning, unpretending, unpretentious; outgoing, uninhibited, unrestrained; vocal, vociferous; abrupt, bluff, blunt, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, gruff, sharp; impertinent, impolite, inconsiderate, rude, tactless, thoughtless, uncivil, undiplomatic, ungracious, unmannerly, unsubtleNear Antonyms inhibited, reserved, restrained; close-mouthed, laconic, quiet, reticent, taciturn, tight-lipped, uncommunicative; ambiguous, circuitous, equivocal, evasive; diplomatic, politic, tactful; civil, considerate, courteous, politeAntonyms dissembling, uncandid, unforthcoming

  3. 3 going straight to the point clearly and firmly <clear and direct instructions that left no room for misinterpretation> Synonyms straightforward, forthright, foursquare, plain, straightRelated Words aboveboard, candid, frank, free-spoken, honest, open, openhearted, outspoken, plainspoken, unguarded, unreserved; artless, earnest, sincere; uninhibited, unrestrained; abrupt, bluff, blunt, brusque (also brusk), curt, gruff, point-blank, sharp; impolite, inconsiderate, rude, tactless, undiplomatic; true, truthful, veraciousNear Antonyms circumlocutory, long-winded, prolix, verbose, wordy; inhibited, reserved, restrained; civil, courteous, polite, tactful; deceitful, lying, mendacious, untruthful; erroneous, fallacious, false; ambiguous, equivocal, evasive, misleading; double-dealing, hypocritical, two-facedAntonyms circuitous, indirect, roundabout

  4. 4 free from irregularities or digressions in course <this road provides the most direct route to your destination> Synonyms straight, linear, right, straightaway, straightforwardRelated Words unbent, uncurled, untwisted; undeviating, unswervingNear Antonyms bowed, rounded; entwined, kinked, swirled, turned, turning, twined, twining, twisted, twisting, veering, warped; bending, coiled, coiling, corkscrew, curled, curling, curved, curving, looped, looping, spiral, spiraling (or spiralling), wavy, winding; meandering, weaving; devious, serpentine, sinuous; crooked, zigzag, zigzagging




direct

adverb

Synonyms and Antonyms of direct

  1. in a direct line or course <flew direct to the coast> Synonyms dead, directly, due, plumb, plump, right, straight, straightwayNear Antonyms circuitously, deviously, veeringlyAntonyms indirectly




direct

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of direct

  1. 1 to cause to move to a central point or along a restricted pathway <the aqueduct directs the water into an artificial lake> Synonyms canalize, channelize, conduct, channel, funnel, pipe, siphon (also syphon)Related Words carry, convey, transmit; concentrate, consolidate, focus

  2. 2 to issue orders to (someone) by right of authority <our tour guide directed us to wait in front of the building until she could rejoin us> Synonyms adjure, bid, boss (around), charge, command, enjoin, instruct, order, tellRelated Words ask, petition, request; beg, beseech, entreat; advise, counsel, warn; appoint, assign, authorize, commission; oversee, superintend, supervise; conduct, control, lead, manage; coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige, requireNear Antonyms comply (with), follow, keep, observeAntonyms mind, obey

  3. 3 to request the doing of by virtue of one's authority <the caretaker directed that all of the windows be closed before we left> Synonyms call, decree, dictate, command, mandate, ordain, orderRelated Words ask, petition, request; demand, requireNear Antonyms cancel, countermand, rescind

  4. 4 to look after and make decisions about <the music teacher directs both the student orchestra and the marching band> Synonyms administer, administrate, carry on, control, conduct, govern, guide, handle, keep, manage, operate, overlook, oversee, preside (over), regulate, run, steward, superintend, supervise, tendRelated Words care (for), mind, watch; lead, pilot, steer; guard, protect, safeguard; micromanage, stage-manage; codirect, comanage

  5. 5 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal <we quickly directed our attention toward the noise coming from the rear> Synonyms bend, cast, aim, head, hold, level, pinpoint, set, trainRelated Words sight; bear, face; concentrate, focus; incline, orient, steerNear Antonyms avert, curve, deflect, detour, divert, rechannel, shunt, sidetrack

  6. 6 to point out the way for (someone) especially from a position in front <the guide directed the tour through the museum with commendable efficiency and expertise> Synonyms conduct, lead, guide, marshal (also marshall), pilot, route, show, steer, usherRelated Words precede; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see; control, manageNear Antonyms dog, hound, shadow, tail, tailgateAntonyms follow, trail




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