transitive verb | di·rect
  1. : to order with authority the testator directed that the car go to his niece

  1. : to order entry of (a verdict) without jury consideration the court directed a verdict in favor of the defendant

  1. : to act as director of

    : to act as director


  1. a : stemming immediately from a source direct costs a direct claim — compare derivative

    b : being or passing in a straight line from parent to offspring : lineal a direct ancestor — compare collateral

  1. : marked by absence of any intervening agency, instrumentality, or influence direct consequences

  1. : effected by the action of the people or the electorate and not by representatives direct democracy

  1. : characterized by close logical, causal, or consequential relationship a direct interest in the outcome of the litigation


  1. : direct examination testimony given on direct