|Origin:||directus, past participle of dirigere 'to set straight, guide'|
di‧rect1 S2 W1
done without any other people, actions, processes etc coming between [≠ indirect]:
without involving others
Experienced users have direct access to the main data files.
I'm not in direct contact with them.
Few policy-makers have had direct experience of business.
direct effect/impact/influence etc
Educational level has a sizeable direct effect on income.
direct link/connection/relationship etc
There is a direct link between poverty and ill-health.
The decision to close the hospital is a direct result of Government health policy.
going straight from one place to another without stopping or changing direction [≠ indirect]:
from one place to another
Which is the most direct route to London?
a direct flight to New York
exact or total:
exact[only before noun]
Weight increases in direct proportion to mass.
For Lawrence, in direct contrast to Adam, everything seemed to come so easily.
a direct quote (=exact words) from the book
saying exactly what you mean in an honest clear way [≠ indirect]:
Women often feel men are too direct and not sympathetic enough.
Now, let me ask you a direct question, and I expect a direct answer.
someone who is related to someone else through their parents and grandparents, not through their aunts, uncles etc
direct descendant of
She claimed to be a direct descendant of Wordsworth.
an occasion on which something such as a bomb hits a place exactly, causing a lot of damage:
During the war, the cathedral suffered many direct hits.
One of the bombers scored a direct hit.
strong heat or light that someone or something is not protected from [≠ indirect]:
Never change the film in direct sunlight.