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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 of direct firsthand, immediate, primary, unmediated Words Related to direct clinical, empirical (also empiric); efficient, proximate; hands-on Antonyms of direct 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 of direct candid, frank, forthcoming, forthright, foursquare, freehearted, free-spoken, honest, open, openhearted, out-front, outspoken, plain, plainspoken, straight, straightforward, unguarded, unreserved, up-frontWords Related to direct 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 of direct inhibited, reserved, restrained; close-mouthed, laconic, quiet, reticent, taciturn, tight-lipped, uncommunicative; ambiguous, circuitous, equivocal, evasive; diplomatic, politic, tactful; civil, considerate, courteous, politeAntonyms of direct dissembling, uncandid, unforthcoming

  3. 3 going straight to the point clearly and firmly clear and direct instructions that left no room for misinterpretation Synonyms of direct straightforward, forthright, foursquare, plain, straightWords Related to direct 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 of direct 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 of direct circuitous, indirect, roundabout

  4. 4 free from irregularities or digressions in course this road provides the most direct route to your destination Synonyms of direct straight, linear, right, straightaway, straightforwardWords Related to direct unbent, uncurled, untwisted; undeviating, unswervingNear Antonyms of direct 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 of direct dead, directly, due, plumb, plump, right, straight, straightwayNear Antonyms of direct circuitously, deviously, veeringlyAntonyms of direct 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 of direct canalize, channelize, conduct, channel, funnel, pipe, siphon (also syphon)Words Related to direct 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 of direct adjure, bid, boss (around), charge, command, enjoin, instruct, order, tellWords Related to direct 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 of direct comply (with), follow, keep, observeAntonyms of direct 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 of direct call, decree, dictate, command, mandate, ordain, orderWords Related to direct ask, petition, request; demand, requireNear Antonyms of direct 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 of direct administer, administrate, carry on, control, conduct, govern, guide, handle, keep, manage, operate, overlook, oversee, preside (over), regulate, run, steward, superintend, supervise, tendWords Related to direct 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 of direct bend, cast, aim, head, hold, level, pinpoint, set, trainWords Related to direct sight; bear, face; concentrate, focus; incline, orient, steerNear Antonyms of direct 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 of direct conduct, lead, guide, marshal (also marshall), pilot, route, show, steer, usherWords Related to direct precede; accompany, attend, chaperone (or chaperon), convoy, escort, see; control, manageNear Antonyms of direct dog, hound, shadow, tail, tailgateAntonyms of direct follow, trail

Synonym Discussion of direct

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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