direct ADJECTIVE 1) going from one place to another without changing direction or stopping. 2) without intervening factors or intermediaries. 3) straightforward; frank. 4) clear; unambiguous. 5) (of descent) proceeding in continuous succession from parent to child.
ADVERB in a direct way or by a direct route.
VERB 1) control the operations of. 2) aim (something) in a particular direction. 3) tell or show (someone) the way. 4) supervise and control (a film, play, or other production). 5) give an order to.
DERIVATIVES directness noun.
ORIGIN Latin directus, from dirigere, from regere 'put straight' .

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