Synonyms of direct
1 aimDictionary • He directed the tiny beam of light at the roof.
aim • He was aiming the rifle at me.
point • A man pointed a gun at them and pulled the trigger.
turn • finely-turned metal
level • The soldiers level guns at each other along the border.
train • She trained her binoculars on the horizon.
focus • He focused the binoculars on the boat.
fix • Attention is fixed on the stock market.
cast • He cast a stern glance at the two men.
2 guideDictionary • A guard directed them to the right.
guide • He took the bewildered man by the arm and guided him out.
show • Let me show you to my study.
lead • He led him into the house.
conduct • He asked if he might conduct us to the ball.
steer • Nick steered them into the nearest seats.
usher • They were quickly ushered away.
point the way
point in the direction of
3 controlDictionary • He will direct day-to-day operations.
control • He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California.
run • His father ran a prosperous business.
manage • Within two years, he was managing the store.
lead • He led the country between 1949 and 1984.
rule • the feudal lord who ruled this land
guide • He should have let his instinct guide him.
handle • One report said the aircraft would become difficult to handle.
conduct • I decided to conduct an experiment.
govern • They go to the polls on Friday to choose the people they want to govern their country.
regulate • a powerful body to regulate the stock market
administer • Next summer's exams will be straightforward to administer.
oversee • Get a surveyor to oversee and inspect the various stages of the work.
supervise • One of his jobs was supervising the dining room.
mastermind • The finance minister will continue to mastermind economic reform.
call the shots
call the tune • Who would then be calling the tune in Parliament?
superintend • During the interval, he superintended a prize draw.
4 orderDictionary • They have been directed to give special attention to poverty.
order • Williams ordered him to leave.
command • He commanded his troops to attack.
instruct • They have instructed solicitors to sue for compensation.
charge (formal) • Jesus charged his disciples to preach the gospel.
demand • She demanded an immediate apology.
require • The rules require employers to provide safety training.
bid • I dare say he did as he was bidden.
enjoin • She enjoined me strictly not to tell anyone else.
1 quickest • They took the direct route.
2 straightDictionary • a direct flight from Glasgow
straight • Keep the boat in a straight line.
through • a through train
unbroken • We maintained an almost unbroken silence.
uninterrupted • five years of rapid and uninterrupted growth
3 first-hand • He has direct experience of the process.
first-hand • He'll get a first-hand briefing on the emergency.
personal • I speak from deep personal knowledge.
immediate • I was seated at his immediate left.
4 clearDictionary • He denied there was a direct connection between the two cases.
clear • It was a clear case of homicide.
specific • I asked him to be more specific.
plain • It was plain to me that he was having a nervous breakdown.
absolute • He brought the absolute proof that we needed.
distinct • There was a distinct change in her attitude.
definite • We didn't have any definite proof.
explicit • He left explicit instructions on how to set the video timer.
downright • downright bad manners
point-blank • He gave a point-blank refusal.
unequivocal • Richardson's unequivocal commitment to fair play
unqualified • The event was an unqualified success.
categorical • He issued a categorical denial that he had had an affair.
5 straightforwardDictionary • He avoided giving a direct answer.
straightforward • I was impressed by his straightforward intelligent manner.
open • She has an open, trusting nature.
straight • a straight answer to a straight question
frank • They had a frank discussion about the issue.
blunt • She is blunt about her personal life.
sincere • He accepted her apologies as sincere.
outspoken • He was an outspoken critic of apartheid.
honest • I was honest about what I was doing.
downright • a simple, downright chap with no rhetorical airs about him
candid • a candid account of her life as a drug addict
forthright • He was known for his forthright manner.
truthful • We are all fairly truthful about our personal lives.
plain-spoken • a plain-spoken man full of scorn for pomp and pretense
6 verbatimDictionary • It was a direct quotation from his earlier speech.
verbatim • He gave me a verbatim report of the entire conversation.
exact • I can't remember the exact words he used.
strict • the strictest sense of the word
accurate • This is the most accurate description of the killer to date.
faithful • His screenplay is faithful to the novel.
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absoluteAbsolute is used to say that something is definite and will not change even if circumstances change.
• He brought the absolute proof that we needed.
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal),
dinkum (Australian, New Zealand, informal),
accurateAccurate information, measurements, and statistics are correct to a very detailed level. An accurate instrument is able to give you information of this kind.
• This is the most accurate description of the killer to date.
• Applications should be addressed to the personnel officer.
Thesaurus for direct from the Collins English Thesaurus