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Direct

As a verb, to point to; guide; order; command; instruct. To advise; suggest; request. As an adjective, immediate; proximate; by the shortest course; without circuity; operating by an immediate connection or relation, instead of operating through an intermediary; the opposite of indirect. In the usual or regular course or order, as distinguished from that which diverts, interrupts, or opposes. The opposite of cross, contrary, collateral, or remote. Without any intervening medium, agency, or influence; unconditional.

direct

(Forthright), adjective aboveboard, blunt, clear, explicit, face to face, forthright, frank, genuine, guileless, honest, ingenuous, open, outspoken, plain, pointed, rectus, sincere, straightforward, summary, transparent, truthful, unaffected, unambiguous, unconstrained, undeceitful, undeceiving, undeceptive, undesigning, undisguising, unfeigning, unpretending, unreserved, unrestrained, veracious, veridical

direct

(Straight), adjective aimed, guided, linear, rectilineal, steered, straightaway, true, unbent, unbroken, undeflected, undeviating, undistorted, unturned, unwarped, without a bend, without circummocution, without divergence
Associated concepts: direct and proximate cause, direct attack, direct benefit, direct cause, direct contempt, direct control, direct damages, direct descendants, direct eviience, direct interest, direct knowledge, direct loss, direct result, direct route, direct tax, direct testimony, direct trust

direct

(Uninterrupted), adjective connected, continual, continuous, progressive, steady, straight, successive, unbroken, unending, unfaltering, unstopped

direct

(Order), verb adjure, bid, call upon, charge, command, decree, demand, dictate, enjoin, give a direccive, give an order, give directions, give instructions, give orders, govern, instruct, issue a command, issue a decree, issue an order, ordain, prescribe, rule, set a task, signal, tell
Associated concepts: directed verdict

direct

(Show), verb conduct, designate, guide, hooini viam monstrare, indicate, instruct, lead, navigate, point, point out, steer

direct

(Supervise), verb administer, administrare, assign, be master, boss, coach, command, control, dirigere, dominate, educate, engineer, exerrise authority, exercise supervision, govern, guide, head, lead, look after, manage, mastermind, oversee, preside, preside over, regere, regulate, rule, stage, steer, take command
See also: accurate, administer, advise, apparent, appoint, arrange, candid, cause, charge, clear, coherent, command, compact, compel, conduct, control, counsel, decree, demand, determine, dictate, discipline, dispatch, edify, educate, enforce, enjoin, explicit, express, govern, handle, hold, impose, inculcate, indicate, influence, initiate, instill, manage, mandamus, manipulate, militate, moderate, motivate, nurture, officiate, operate, order, overlook, oversee, pithy, possess, predominate, prescribe, preside, prevail, program, provide, recommend, regulate, require, rule, send, sententious, sincere, straightforward, subpoena, summary, superintend, unaffected, undistorted, wield

DIRECT. Straight forward; not collateral.
     2. The direct line of descents for example, is formed by a series of degrees between persons who descend one from another. Civ. Code of Lo. art. 886.

EVIDENCE, DIRECT. That which applies immediately to the fadum probandum, without any intervening process; as, if A testifies he saw B inflict a mortal wound on C, of which he, instantly died. 1 Greenl. Ev. Sec. 13.

References in classic literature ?
The Convention assembled at Philadelphia had themselves no direct authority from the people.
It is not unknown to me how many men have had, and still have, the opinion that the affairs of the world are in such wise governed by fortune and by God that men with their wisdom cannot direct them and that no one can even help them; and because of this they would have us believe that it is not necessary to labour much in affairs, but to let chance govern them.
What, according to all probability, induced him to direct his steps that way, was the splendor of the flambeaux, and the busy air of the pages and domestics.
Trans-Asiatic Directs we met, soberly ringing the world round the Fiftieth Meridian at an honest seventy knots; and white-painted Ackroyd & Hunt fruiters out of the south fled beneath us, their ventilated hulls whistling like Chinese kites.
Jarndyce being abt to rece into his house, under an Order of the Ct of Chy, a Ward of the Ct in this cause, for whom he wishes to secure an elgble compn, directs us to inform you that he will be glad of your serces in the afsd capacity.
When the thing has been accomplished I shall be glad if you will see to it that I am well received, as is befitting my ancient lineage and noble rank, at some court that is yet loyal to thy ancient faith, for I cannot return to the Valley Dor or elsewhere within the power of the Prince of Helium; but even that I do not demand--it shall be as your own desire in the matter directs.
The one commands, in the manner the law directs, those who willingly obey; the other, arbitrarily, those who consent not.
I centred all my mighty intellect upon the bowmen of my own creation--each of us produces and directs as many bowmen as his mentality and imagination is capable of.
It is the brain, the intellect, the power that directs all things.
Then wull you be thunkun' thot God thot directs the stars un their courses, an' tull whose mighty foot the world uz but a footstool, wull you be thunkun' thot He wull take a spite again' Margaret Henan an' send a bug wave off the Cape tull wash her son un tull eternity, all because she was for namun' hum Samuel?
She summons the servants and directs them to wait in the drawing-room until she calls to them.
Again he directs his eyes forward; they slowly traverse that malign and awful crest.