Synonyms of direct


1. direct, order, tell, enjoin, say

usage: command with authority; "He directed the children to do their homework"

2. target, aim, place, direct, point, aim, take, train, take aim, direct

usage: 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"

3. direct, make, create

usage: guide the actors in (plays and films)

4. direct, manage, deal, care, handle

usage: be in charge of

5. lead, take, direct, conduct, guide

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

6. send, direct, move, displace

usage: 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"

7. aim, take, train, take aim, direct, position

usage: 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"

8. conduct, lead, direct, perform, execute, do

usage: lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"

9. direct, instruct, apprise, apprize

usage: give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction; "I directed them towards the town hall"

10. calculate, aim, direct, intend, destine, designate, specify

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

11. steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, direct, point, head, guide, channelize, channelise, control, command

usage: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

12. address, direct, label

usage: put an address on (an envelope)

13. mastermind, engineer, direct, organize, organise, orchestrate, plan

usage: plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery"


1. direct (vs. indirect), door-to-door, nonstop, point-blank, straightforward, undeviating, unswerving, through(prenominal), straight

usage: direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit"

2. direct, unmediated, immediate (vs. mediate)

usage: 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"

3. direct (vs. indirect), bluff, blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder, brutal, flat-footed, man-to-man, no-nonsense, plain, unvarnished, pointed, square(prenominal), straightforward, straight, upfront, honest#1, honorable

usage: straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"

4. lineal (vs. collateral), direct, matrilineal, matrilinear, patrilineal, patrilinear, unilateral, related

usage: in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child; "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of the king"; "direct heredity"

5. direct (vs. retrograde)

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

6. direct (vs. inverse)

usage: 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)"

7. direct (vs. alternating)

usage: (of a current) flowing in one direction only; "direct current"

8. direct, primary (vs. secondary)

usage: being an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of the accident"

9. direct, verbatim, exact (vs. inexact)

usage: in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim"

10. direct, absolute (vs. relative)

usage: lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact; "the direct opposite"


1. directly, straight, direct

usage: without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"

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