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     adj 1: direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation
            or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route";
            "a direct flight"; "a direct hit" [ant: indirect]
     2: immediate or direct in bearing or force; having nothing
        intervening; "in direct sunlight"; "in direct contact with
        the voters"; "direct exposure to the disease"; "a direct
        link"; "the direct cause of the accident"
     3: extended senses; direct in means or manner or behavior or
        language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct
        response"; "a direct approach" [ant: indirect]
     4: in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child;
        "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant
        of the king"; "direct heredity" [syn: lineal] [ant: collateral]
     5: (astronomy) moving from west to east on the celestial
        sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in the same
        direction as the Earth [ant: retrograde]
     6: (mathematics) varying in the same manner as another
        quantity; "a term is in direct proportion to another term
        if it increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or
        decreases)" [ant: inverse]
     7: (electricity) of a current flowing in one direction only;
        not alternating; "direct current" [ant: alternating]
     8: as an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of
        the accident"
     9: in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a
        direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim" [syn:
     10: effected directly by action of the voters rather than
         through elected representatives; "many people favor
         direct election of the President rather than election by
         the Electoral College"
     11: exact; "the direct opposite"
     adv : without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake";
           "went direct to the office" [syn: directly, straight]
     v 1: command with authority; "He directed the children to do
          their homework"
     2: 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" [syn: target, aim, place,
     3: guide the actors in (plays and films)
     4: be in charge of
     5: take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can
        you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to
        the palace" [syn: lead, take, conduct, guide]
     6: 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" [syn: send]
     7: aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as
        photographic equipment; "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" [syn: aim, take, train, take aim]
     8: lead, as in the performance of a musical composition;
        "conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago
        symphony for years" [syn: conduct, lead]
     9: give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction;
        "I directed them towards the town hall"
     10: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a
         certain public [syn: calculate, aim]
     11: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
         [syn: steer, maneuver, manoeuvre, point, head,
     12: put an address on (an envelope, for example) [syn: address]
     13: plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded
         the robbery" [syn: mastermind, engineer, organize,
         organise, orchestrate]