direct - definition and synonyms


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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.

    Their study found a direct link between poverty and crime.

    Companies have closed as a direct result of the new law.

  3. 3

    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.