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direct

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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
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4 free from irregularities or digressions in course

  • this road provides the most direct route to your destination
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direct

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in a direct line or course

  • flew direct to the coast
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as the crow flies

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direct

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1 to cause to move to a central point or along a restricted pathway

  • the aqueduct directs the water into an artificial lake
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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
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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
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call for

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4 to look after and make decisions about

  • the music teacher directs both the student orchestra and the marching band
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watch over

5 to point or turn (something) toward a target or goal

  • we quickly directed our attention toward the noise coming from the rear
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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
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command, order, bid, enjoin, direct, instruct, charge mean to issue orders. command and order imply authority and usually some degree of formality and impersonality. command stresses official exercise of authority.
    • a general commanding troops
order may suggest peremptory or arbitrary exercise.
    • ordered his employees about like slaves
bid suggests giving orders peremptorily (as to children or servants).
    • she bade him be seated
enjoin implies giving an order or direction authoritatively and urgently and often with admonition or solicitude.
    • a sign enjoining patrons to be quiet
direct and instruct both connote expectation of obedience and usually concern specific points of procedure or method, instruct sometimes implying greater explicitness or formality.
    • directed her assistant to hold all calls
    • the judge instructed the jury to ignore the remark
charge adds to enjoin an implication of imposing as a duty or responsibility.
    • charged by the President with a secret mission


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