Definition of direct adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dəˈrekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dəˈrekt//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈrekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekt//
    ; BrE BrE//daɪˈrekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈrekt//
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    nobody/nothing in between
  1. 1  [usually before noun] happening or done without involving other people, actions, etc. in between They are in direct contact with the hijackers. His death was a direct result of your action. She has direct responsibility for all new trainees. We are looking for somebody with direct experience of this type of work. This information has a direct bearing on (= it is closely connected with) the case. They see a direct link between the money supply and prices. opposite indirect
  2. journey/route
  3. 2  going in the straightest line between two places without stopping or changing direction the most direct route/course a direct flight (= a flight that does not stop) There's a direct train to Leeds (= it may stop at other stations but you do not have to change trains). a direct hit (= a hit that is accurate and does not touch something else first) opposite indirect
  4. heat/light
  5. 3  [only before noun] with nothing between something and the source of the heat or light Protect your child from direct sunlight by using a sunscreen.
  6. saying what you mean
  7. 4  saying exactly what you mean in a way that nobody can pretend not to understand a direct answer/question You'll have to get used to his direct manner. She has a very direct way of speaking. I prefer a more direct approach. opposite indirect Synonymshonestfrank direct open outspoken straight bluntThese words all describe people saying exactly what they mean without trying to hide feelings, opinions or facts.honest not hiding the truth about something:Thank you for being so honest with me.frank honest in what you say, sometimes in a way that other people might not like:To be frank with you, I think your son has little chance of passing the exam.direct saying exactly what you mean in a way that nobody can pretend not to understand:You’ll have to get used to his direct manner. Being direct is sometimes considered positive but sometimes it is used as a ‘polite’ way of saying that somebody is rude.open (approving) (of a person) not keeping thoughts and feelings hidden:He was quite open about his reasons for leaving.outspoken saying exactly what you think, even if this shocks or offends people:She was outspoken in her criticism of the plan.straight honest and direct:I don’t think you’re being straight with me.blunt saying exactly what you think without trying to be polite:She has a reputation for blunt speaking.which word? Honest and frank refer to what you say as much as how you say it:a(n) honest/​frank admission of guilt. They are generally positive words, although it is possible to be too frank in a way that other people might not like. Direct, outspoken and blunt all describe somebody’s manner of saying what they think. Outspoken suggests that you are willing to shock people by saying what you believe to be right. Blunt and direct often suggest that you think honesty is more important than being polite. Open is positive and describes somebody’s character:I’m a very open person.Patterns honest/​frank/​direct/​open/​outspoken/​straight about something honest/​frank/​direct/​open/​straight/​blunt with somebody a(n) honest/​direct/​straight/​blunt answer a frank/​direct/​blunt manner
  8. exact
  9. 5[only before noun] exact That's the direct opposite of what you told me yesterday. a direct quote (= one using a person’s exact words)
  10. relationship
  11. 6[only before noun] related through parents and children rather than brothers, sisters, aunts, etc. a direct descendant of the country’s first president With his death, the direct male line of the House of Capet came to an end. opposite indirect
  12. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin directus, past participle of dirigere, from di- ‘distinctly’ or de- ‘down’ + regere ‘put straight’.Extra examples Her manner can be rather direct. The album is her most emotionally direct work to date. a refreshingly direct discussion of the agency’s priorities his disconcertingly direct gaze I need a direct answer to a direct question. You’ll have to get used to his direct manner.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: direct