part of speech: verb

inflections: directs, directing, directed

definition 1: to give instructions that lead or guide.

  • Can you direct me to the main office?

definition 2: to manage or control.

  • The chief of police directs the police force.

synonyms: head, lead, run

definition 3: to control by giving orders; command.

  • We directed the movers to put the sofa by the window.

synonyms: control, instruct

definition 4: to aim what one says or writes towards a particular person or group.

  • I directed my letter of complaint to the head of the company.
  • One reporter directed his question to the First Lady, not to the President.

synonyms: address

definition 5: to send or aim towards a place.

  • He directed the beam of light at the back of the closet.

synonyms: point, send

definition 6: to lead and instruct in the making of (a film, play, or the like).

  • He directed several films that were very successful.


part of speech: adjective

definition 1: going in a straight line or on a straight course.

  • I’ll show you the most direct route to my house.

antonyms: indirect, roundabout

definition 2: truthful and open.

  • He was direct but kind when he pointed out my mistakes.

synonyms: frank, straight

antonyms: devious, indirect, reserved


part of speech: adverb

definition: in a straight line without stopping.

  • We will fly direct to Tokyo.

synonyms: right, straight

derivation: directness (n.)

Word Builder: direct +

director: a person who directs or who gives directions.