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direct

di·rect

direct

 
pronunciation:
d rekt
parts of speech:
verb, adjective
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part of speech: verb
inflections: directed, directing, directs
definition 1: to give instructions or information to someone.
Can you direct me to the nearest phone?
similar words:
conduct, guide, lead, point, show, steer
definition 2: to manage or control.
The chief of police directs the police force.
synonyms:
lead, run
similar words:
conduct, control, guide, handle, manage
definition 3: to send or aim towards a person or place.
I directed my question to the mayor.I directed the beam of light to the roof.
 
synonyms:
point
similar words:
aim, beam, head, shine, train
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: going in a straight line or on a straight course.
I'll show you the most direct route to my house.
similar words:
express, shortest, straight
derivation: directness (n.)
Word Builder: direct +
  • director:
    a person who directs or who gives directions.
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Word Parts
The word direct contains the following part:
reg, rect, rig1 Latin root that means king, rule, guide; straight