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adjective direct pronunciation in British English /dɪˈrekt/direct pronunciation in British English /daɪˈrekt/
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  1. 1
    going straight to a place and not stopping or changing direction on the way there
    direct flights from Scotland to North America
    There is a more direct route straight up the motorway.
    The building had taken a direct hit and was completely destroyed.
  2. 2
    [usually before noun] involving only the two people or things mentioned and with no one or nothing else coming in between
    Only a few of us have direct access to the files.
    Employees have little direct contact with management.
    Their study found a direct link between poverty and crime.
    Companies have closed as a direct result of the new law.
  3. 3
    exact
    That’s a direct quote from the man himself.
    Martin’s brother is his direct opposite in character.
    The rewards will be in direct proportion to the work you put in.
  4. 4
    [usually before noun] direct heat or light comes straight at a person or object and is not reflected or reduced in strength
    Plant in a shady position away from direct sunlight.
  5. 5
    saying what you really think in a very clear and honest way
    I love New Yorkers – they’re sharp, funny, and direct.
    She’s refused to answer direct questions about her plans for the company.
  6. 6
    [only before noun] related through your parents, grandparents etc and not through other relatives such as uncles or aunts
    Steve says he’s a direct descendant of William Shakespeare.

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