Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: directus, past participle of dirigere 'to set straight, guide'


1 adjective
di‧rect1 S2 W1

without involving others

done without any other people, actions, processes etc coming between [≠ indirect]:
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.
direct result/consequence
The decision to close the hospital is a direct result of Government health policy.

from one place to another

going straight from one place to another without stopping or changing direction [≠ indirect]:
Which is the most direct route to London?
a direct flight to New York


[only before noun] exact or total:
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.

direct descendant

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.

direct hit

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.

direct heat/sunlight

strong heat or light that someone or something is not protected from [≠ indirect]:
Never change the film in direct sunlight.

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