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Synonyms for direct
dɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-di·rect

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  1. directverb


  2. directadjective

    Straight, constant, without interruption.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. direct

    Govern carries the idea of authoritative administration or some exercise of authority that is at once effective and continuous; control is effective, but may be momentary or occasional. One controls what he holds or can hold at will absolutely in check; as, a skilful horseman controls a spirited horse; a person controls his temper; we say to one who is excited, "control yourself." A person commands another when he has, or claims, the right to make that other do his will, with power of inflicting penalty if not obeyed; he controls another whom he can effectually prevent from doing anything contrary to his will; he governs one whom he actually does cause, regularly or constantly, to obey his will; a parent may command a child whom he can not govern or control. The best teachers are not greatly prone to command, but govern or control their pupils largely by other means. Command is, however, often used in the sense of securing, as well as requiring, submission or obedience, as when we speak of a commanding influence; a man commands the situation when he can shape events as he pleases; a fortress commands the region when no enemy can pass against its resistance. Govern implies the exercise of knowledge and judgment as well as power. To rule is more absolute and autocratic than to govern; to sway is to move by quiet but effectual influence; to mold is not only to influence feeling and action, but to shape character; to manage is to secure by skilful contrivance the doing of one's will by those whom one can not directly control; a wise mother, by gentle means, sways the feelings and molds the lives of her children; to be able to manage servants is an important element of good housekeeping. The word reign, once so absolute, now simply denotes that one holds the official station of sovereign in a monarchy, with or without effective power; the Queen of England reigns; the Czar of Russia both reigns and rules.

    command, control, curb, govern, influence, manage, mold, reign, reign over, restrain, rule, sway

    be in subjection, be subject, comply, obey, submit, yield

Princeton's WordNet

  1. directadjective

    direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short

    "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit"

    lineal, unmediated, verbatim

    oblique, asquint, retrograde, inverse, mealymouthed, devious, mealy-mouthed, excursive, squint, askance, mediate, hearsay, askant, indirect, reciprocal, squinty, circumlocutious, ambagious, rambling, circumlocutory, meandering(a), diversionary, circuitous, backhanded, roundabout, alternating, inexact, digressive, sidelong, tortuous, wandering(a), secondary, winding, comparative, periphrastic, relative, squint-eyed, discursive, allusive

  2. direct, unmediatedadjective

    having no intervening persons, agents, conditions

    "in direct sunlight"; "in direct contact with the voters"; "direct exposure to the disease"; "a direct link"; "the direct cause of the accident"; "direct vote"

    lineal, unmediated, verbatim

    squint, mealy-mouthed, excursive, inverse, wandering(a), askant, oblique, squint-eyed, secondary, meandering(a), circumlocutory, circumlocutious, squinty, winding, indirect, allusive, diversionary, rambling, sidelong, inexact, devious, retrograde, comparative, roundabout, ambagious, mealymouthed, circuitous, mediate, tortuous, digressive, askance, hearsay, alternating, backhanded, periphrastic, asquint, relative, reciprocal, discursive

  3. directadjective

    straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

    "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"

    lineal, unmediated, verbatim

    mealy-mouthed, diversionary, devious, mealymouthed, reciprocal, indirect, excursive, inexact, tortuous, squint, retrograde, asquint, hearsay, periphrastic, backhanded, winding, inverse, circuitous, rambling, oblique, roundabout, askant, ambagious, squinty, wandering(a), circumlocutory, digressive, secondary, squint-eyed, relative, mediate, askance, meandering(a), allusive, circumlocutious, discursive, alternating, comparative, sidelong

  4. lineal, directadjective

    in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child

    "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"

    lineal, unmediated, verbatim

    roundabout, reciprocal, squint, devious, mealymouthed, wandering(a), inverse, asquint, circumlocutory, squint-eyed, rambling, discursive, indirect, comparative, retrograde, mediate, alternating, ambagious, secondary, winding, askance, askant, diversionary, oblique, digressive, periphrastic, excursive, backhanded, allusive, circumlocutious, inexact, squinty, meandering(a), mealy-mouthed, relative, hearsay, circuitous, tortuous, sidelong

  5. directadjective

    moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth

    lineal, unmediated, verbatim

    askant, comparative, oblique, alternating, mealy-mouthed, devious, circuitous, inexact, indirect, squint-eyed, hearsay, asquint, diversionary, roundabout, rambling, squint, meandering(a), relative, discursive, winding, excursive, allusive, retrograde, backhanded, secondary, circumlocutious, inverse, digressive, mediate, periphrastic, wandering(a), mealymouthed, askance, reciprocal, ambagious, tortuous, circumlocutory, squinty, sidelong

  6. directadjective

    similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity

    "a term is in direct proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or decreases)"

    lineal, unmediated, verbatim

    tortuous, mediate, indirect, hearsay, winding, sidelong, reciprocal, asquint, askant, circumlocutious, discursive, devious, alternating, mealy-mouthed, excursive, wandering(a), digressive, comparative, squinty, meandering(a), relative, ambagious, squint-eyed, roundabout, periphrastic, mealymouthed, inexact, squint, inverse, retrograde, backhanded, circuitous, oblique, diversionary, circumlocutory, secondary, rambling, askance, allusive

  7. directadjective

    (of a current) flowing in one direction only

    "direct current"

    lineal, unmediated, verbatim

    indirect, squinty, circumlocutious, retrograde, comparative, devious, discursive, backhanded, inverse, excursive, secondary, reciprocal, roundabout, rambling, relative, wandering(a), oblique, tortuous, sidelong, digressive, mealymouthed, circuitous, inexact, askance, hearsay, squint, askant, allusive, circumlocutory, ambagious, squint-eyed, mealy-mouthed, periphrastic, meandering(a), mediate, winding, alternating, diversionary, asquint

  8. directadjective

    being an immediate result or consequence

    "a direct result of the accident"

    lineal, unmediated, verbatim

    askant, squint, excursive, mediate, indirect, wandering(a), comparative, inexact, devious, rambling, circumlocutory, ambagious, digressive, meandering(a), oblique, allusive, asquint, mealy-mouthed, secondary, squint-eyed, retrograde, mealymouthed, sidelong, relative, askance, roundabout, backhanded, circuitous, discursive, inverse, periphrastic, diversionary, squinty, circumlocutious, tortuous, winding, hearsay, alternating, reciprocal

  9. direct, verbatimadjective

    in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker

    "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim"

    lineal, unmediated, verbatim

    secondary, devious, mealy-mouthed, comparative, ambagious, reciprocal, alternating, squinty, asquint, roundabout, mealymouthed, relative, askance, meandering(a), indirect, winding, discursive, rambling, circuitous, sidelong, circumlocutious, digressive, diversionary, askant, retrograde, inexact, oblique, mediate, wandering(a), squint, tortuous, circumlocutory, hearsay, excursive, periphrastic, inverse, allusive, backhanded, squint-eyed

  10. directverb

    lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact

    "the direct opposite"

    lineal, unmediated, verbatim

    meandering(a), indirect, retrograde, mealymouthed, circuitous, inexact, tortuous, backhanded, discursive, sidelong, relative, diversionary, squinty, squint-eyed, mediate, askance, circumlocutory, devious, winding, oblique, rambling, periphrastic, excursive, wandering(a), digressive, roundabout, hearsay, asquint, comparative, mealy-mouthed, inverse, secondary, ambagious, circumlocutious, alternating, allusive, reciprocal, askant, squint

  11. directverb

    command with authority

    "He directed the children to do their homework"

    lead, manoeuver, engineer, organize, aim, maneuver, orchestrate, place, mastermind, take aim, guide, channelize, train, head, organise, address, take, channelise, target, conduct, calculate, steer, point, send, manoeuvre

    squint, alternating, squinty, circumlocutious, rambling, excursive, asquint, roundabout, secondary, backhanded, askance, circuitous, indirect, allusive, inverse, mealymouthed, discursive, ambagious, wandering(a), winding, oblique, digressive, inexact, devious, tortuous, relative, circumlocutory, comparative, hearsay, periphrastic, retrograde, reciprocal, squint-eyed, askant, diversionary, mealy-mouthed, sidelong, meandering(a), mediate

  12. target, aim, place, direct, pointverb

    intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

    "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"

    charge, taper, drive, repoint, rank, channelise, get, put, localize, organise, range, commit, target, lead, station, sharpen, maneuver, take, place, signal, designate, point, come in, betoken, position, grade, steer, purpose, take aim, show, train, lay, calculate, engineer, manoeuver, purport, aspire, aim, address, manoeuvre, level, head, identify, organize, channelize, propose, luff, shoot for, draw a bead on, conduct, post, invest, bespeak, locate, rate, orient, send, orchestrate, mastermind, come out, set, guide, order, site, pose, localise, indicate

    circumlocutious, askance, secondary, indirect, wandering(a), roundabout, winding, inverse, devious, circumlocutory, alternating, mealymouthed, asquint, comparative, squint, periphrastic, squinty, hearsay, mealy-mouthed, rambling, askant, sidelong, circuitous, relative, allusive, backhanded, ambagious, tortuous, meandering(a), excursive, reciprocal, retrograde, digressive, squint-eyed, discursive, diversionary, inexact, oblique, mediate

  13. directverb

    guide the actors in (plays and films)

    lead, manoeuver, engineer, organize, aim, maneuver, orchestrate, place, mastermind, take aim, guide, channelize, train, head, organise, address, take, channelise, target, conduct, calculate, steer, point, send, manoeuvre

    circuitous, periphrastic, inexact, discursive, squinty, circumlocutious, roundabout, backhanded, hearsay, rambling, retrograde, askant, diversionary, reciprocal, devious, indirect, askance, digressive, comparative, mealy-mouthed, secondary, ambagious, oblique, inverse, mealymouthed, alternating, circumlocutory, asquint, sidelong, squint, tortuous, squint-eyed, meandering(a), excursive, allusive, winding, mediate, wandering(a), relative

  14. directverb

    be in charge of

    lead, manoeuver, engineer, organize, aim, maneuver, orchestrate, place, mastermind, take aim, guide, channelize, train, head, organise, address, take, channelise, target, conduct, calculate, steer, point, send, manoeuvre

    inexact, rambling, tortuous, roundabout, circumlocutious, hearsay, wandering(a), retrograde, alternating, excursive, winding, circuitous, askance, mediate, meandering(a), devious, reciprocal, squint, discursive, comparative, backhanded, squinty, inverse, circumlocutory, asquint, mealymouthed, digressive, periphrastic, oblique, askant, indirect, allusive, mealy-mouthed, diversionary, relative, squint-eyed, secondary, sidelong, ambagious

  15. lead, take, direct, conduct, guideverb

    take somebody somewhere

    "We lead him to our chief"; "can you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the palace"

    require, chair, read, occupy, subscribe to, rent, withdraw, run, organise, lead, top, mastermind, take on, carry, deal, assume, engineer, have, hold, choose, learn, fill, transmit, necessitate, impart, consume, go, drive, hire, result, place, consider, need, study, behave, pick out, steer, guide on, send, channel, draw, contract, adopt, calculate, film, remove, demand, acquit, orchestrate, conduce, lease, contribute, take aim, take up, train, strike, use up, select, take, engage, comport, make, claim, channelize, point, manoeuvre, head, get, channelise, get hold of, exact, take away, pack, call for, take in, bring, submit, convey, deport, shoot, aim, charter, precede, extend, contain, address, bear, carry on, target, subscribe, involve, acquire, manoeuver, look at, postulate, organize, accept, moderate, guide, admit, pass, ingest, leave, ask, maneuver, conduct

    sidelong, indirect, relative, squinty, periphrastic, askant, devious, squint, circuitous, oblique, digressive, rambling, diversionary, ambagious, allusive, roundabout, discursive, circumlocutious, winding, circumlocutory, hearsay, excursive, mealy-mouthed, meandering(a), squint-eyed, asquint, wandering(a), mealymouthed, inverse, backhanded, secondary, comparative, inexact, tortuous, mediate, retrograde, askance, reciprocal, alternating

  16. send, directverb

    cause to go somewhere

    "The explosion sent the car flying in the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed all his energies into his dissertation"

    ship, beam, get off, place, mail, send off, commit, target, lead, station, maneuver, take, post, point, channelize, aim, channelise, take aim, train, head, steer, manoeuver, transport, address, manoeuvre, engineer, organize, charge, organise, calculate, broadcast, institutionalise, send out, conduct, air, institutionalize, send, orchestrate, mastermind, guide, transmit

    inexact, ambagious, alternating, mealymouthed, circumlocutory, inverse, tortuous, discursive, reciprocal, devious, excursive, backhanded, circuitous, comparative, mealy-mouthed, mediate, retrograde, roundabout, squinty, hearsay, rambling, squint-eyed, relative, indirect, sidelong, oblique, secondary, circumlocutious, digressive, diversionary, askant, winding, squint, allusive, asquint, periphrastic, wandering(a), askance, meandering(a)

  17. aim, take, train, take aim, directverb

    point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

    "Please don't aim at your little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's opponent"

    require, read, occupy, subscribe to, rent, withdraw, shoot for, organise, lead, ingest, develop, mastermind, take aim, carry, deal, assume, engineer, have, hold, choose, learn, fill, aspire, civilise, calculate, prepare, consume, drive, hire, condition, place, consider, need, study, civilize, pick out, steer, send, contract, adopt, film, remove, purpose, rail, orchestrate, lease, take on, discipline, point, train, check, trail, take up, bring, strike, use up, select, take, engage, make, claim, demand, coach, channelize, cultivate, manoeuvre, head, get, channelise, get hold of, propose, exact, take away, pack, call for, take in, educate, submit, convey, shoot, aim, charter, manoeuver, contain, address, draw a bead on, target, subscribe, groom, necessitate, involve, acquire, look at, postulate, organize, accept, purport, guide, admit, ask, maneuver, conduct, school

    hearsay, squint-eyed, diversionary, mealymouthed, circuitous, circumlocutious, mealy-mouthed, askance, askant, ambagious, inverse, meandering(a), winding, comparative, backhanded, oblique, squint, squinty, digressive, devious, sidelong, circumlocutory, indirect, reciprocal, mediate, inexact, discursive, periphrastic, relative, asquint, retrograde, wandering(a), rambling, alternating, roundabout, tortuous, secondary, excursive, allusive

  18. conduct, lead, directverb

    lead, as in the performance of a composition

    "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

    comport, conduce, place, moderate, impart, behave, send, head, target, lead, maneuver, take, carry on, result, point, deport, extend, aim, channelise, deal, take aim, engineer, chair, calculate, channel, precede, carry, manoeuver, go, address, manoeuvre, pass, organize, channelize, organise, acquit, convey, leave, conduct, transmit, run, top, contribute, orchestrate, mastermind, guide, train, steer, bear

    circumlocutory, allusive, devious, periphrastic, secondary, mealy-mouthed, squint-eyed, mediate, inverse, oblique, roundabout, hearsay, indirect, excursive, digressive, inexact, asquint, sidelong, squinty, circuitous, relative, backhanded, reciprocal, mealymouthed, alternating, comparative, retrograde, wandering(a), circumlocutious, discursive, ambagious, askant, meandering(a), diversionary, tortuous, askance, rambling, squint, winding

  19. directverb

    give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction

    "I directed them towards the town hall"

    lead, manoeuver, engineer, organize, aim, maneuver, orchestrate, place, mastermind, take aim, guide, channelize, train, head, organise, address, take, channelise, target, conduct, calculate, steer, point, send, manoeuvre

    circuitous, mealy-mouthed, sidelong, ambagious, digressive, allusive, tortuous, backhanded, circumlocutory, periphrastic, comparative, devious, alternating, winding, discursive, circumlocutious, indirect, wandering(a), hearsay, asquint, rambling, mealymouthed, roundabout, diversionary, secondary, askance, inexact, squint, oblique, mediate, retrograde, meandering(a), reciprocal, relative, excursive, inverse, askant, squinty, squint-eyed

  20. calculate, aim, directverb

    specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

    figure, bet, look, get, organise, work out, head, target, lead, maneuver, take, estimate, place, mastermind, point, aim, reckon, purpose, compute, take aim, depend, train, calculate, engineer, manoeuver, aspire, address, manoeuvre, count, drive, organize, channelize, propose, shoot for, draw a bead on, channelise, send, conduct, purport, cypher, orchestrate, forecast, cipher, guide, account, steer, count on

    digressive, comparative, indirect, circumlocutious, rambling, inverse, diversionary, askance, circuitous, askant, oblique, tortuous, periphrastic, secondary, winding, relative, roundabout, mediate, squint-eyed, devious, circumlocutory, squint, excursive, inexact, hearsay, ambagious, alternating, sidelong, meandering(a), wandering(a), reciprocal, asquint, squinty, mealymouthed, backhanded, mealy-mouthed, allusive, retrograde, discursive

  21. steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channeliseverb

    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

    channelize, operate, transfer, taper, repoint, place, pass, show, head, target, lead, sharpen, maneuver, take, indicate, signal, point, betoken, aim, channelise, take aim, train, steer, channel, manoeuver, transport, address, manoeuvre, level, engineer, organize, charge, organise, luff, calculate, head up, conduct, draw, bespeak, guide on, run, orient, send, orchestrate, mastermind, guide, designate, transmit

    discursive, retrograde, mealymouthed, relative, circumlocutious, hearsay, rambling, circumlocutory, roundabout, askance, inexact, askant, devious, periphrastic, mediate, inverse, allusive, squint-eyed, backhanded, oblique, indirect, circuitous, secondary, winding, diversionary, squint, comparative, alternating, excursive, ambagious, digressive, mealy-mouthed, wandering(a), meandering(a), squinty, asquint, tortuous, sidelong, reciprocal

  22. address, directverb

    put an address on (an envelope)

    plow, come up to, target, lead, maneuver, take, treat, place, accost, point, turn to, aim, channelise, deal, take aim, call, train, head, steer, manoeuver, address, manoeuvre, engineer, organize, channelize, organise, calculate, handle, conduct, cover, speak, send, orchestrate, mastermind, guide

    wandering(a), secondary, circuitous, rambling, squint, periphrastic, mealy-mouthed, excursive, indirect, inverse, roundabout, reciprocal, digressive, hearsay, devious, comparative, mediate, mealymouthed, backhanded, asquint, diversionary, inexact, ambagious, tortuous, winding, meandering(a), squinty, squint-eyed, circumlocutious, allusive, askance, oblique, relative, sidelong, retrograde, circumlocutory, alternating, discursive, askant

  23. mastermind, engineer, direct, organize, organise, orchestrateadverb

    plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

    "he masterminded the robbery"

    coordinate, place, prepare, head, target, lead, get up, organize, take, unionize, point, aim, channelise, form, take aim, train, steer, manoeuver, address, manoeuvre, engineer, channelize, organise, calculate, unionise, conduct, send, orchestrate, maneuver, mastermind, guide, machinate, devise

    winding, backhanded, oblique, roundabout, asquint, circuitous, inverse, circumlocutious, indirect, askant, discursive, tortuous, askance, comparative, hearsay, devious, reciprocal, mediate, sidelong, ambagious, diversionary, digressive, alternating, rambling, meandering(a), allusive, inexact, retrograde, relative, squint-eyed, wandering(a), secondary, periphrastic, excursive, mealy-mouthed, circumlocutory, squint, squinty, mealymouthed

  24. directly, straight, directadverb

    without deviation

    "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"

    directly, at once, straightaway, now, like a shot, straight off, flat, straight, right away, instantly, immediately, forthwith

    backhanded, inverse, circumlocutory, circumlocutious, roundabout, alternating, mediate, periphrastic, relative, devious, sidelong, reciprocal, rambling, mealymouthed, squint, hearsay, tortuous, winding, squinty, askant, circuitous, digressive, mealy-mouthed, indirect, secondary, wandering(a), comparative, allusive, retrograde, discursive, inexact, diversionary, ambagious, oblique, meandering(a), excursive, asquint, askance, squint-eyed

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. directadjective

    straight, in a right line, not crooked

  2. directadjective

    from father to son, not collateral

  3. directadjective

    plain, express, categorical, unambiguous, not equivocal

  4. directadjective

    open, sincere, ingenuous, frank, outspoken

  5. directadjective

    (Astron.) in the order of the signs, not retrograde

  6. directverb

    aim, point, cast, turn

  7. directverb

    regulate, dispose, manage, conduct, control, govern

  8. directverb

    order, command, instruct, prescribe to, give directions to

  9. directverb

    guide, lead, put upon the right track

  10. directverb

    address, superscribe

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. directadjective

    straight, undeviating, diametrical

    indirect, circuitous, roundabout

  2. directverb

    point, aim, guide, pilot, lead, steer, regulate, govern, control, manage, conduct, superintend, instruct, address, superscribe

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  1. Kurt Volker:

    We are in a position of helping Ukraine defend itself against a direct Russian attack on Ukraine. This is not about two superpowers sitting off somewhere and having their minions go off and fight a war against each other.

  2. David Pocock:

    I believe it's time for direct action on climate change, standing together as ordinary Australians to take control of our shared future.

  3. Richard Isaacson:

    Specific traits may increase risk due to a lifetime of behaviors that predispose a person to developing cognitive decline or Alzheimer's disease, or there could be more of a direct biological role related to early disease pathology, neuroticism is specifically one trait that comes to mind, and past meta-analyses have also show this. Rumination and worry is linked to smaller brain volumes.

  4. Plutarch:

    Nothing is harder to direct than a man in prosperity; nothing more easily managed that one is adversity.

  5. H.W. Mann:

    Experience is the direct perception before belief, before thoughts

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