Synonyms for direct

Synonyms for (verb) direct

Synonyms: direct, mastermind, orchestrate, organise, organize, engineer

Definition: plan and direct (a complex undertaking)

Usage: he masterminded the robbery

Similar words: plan

Definition: make plans for something

Usage: He is planning a trip with his family


Synonyms: calculate, direct, aim

Definition: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public

Similar words: intend, designate, destine, specify

Definition: design or destine

Usage: She was intended to become the director


Synonyms: direct

Definition: command with authority

Usage: He directed the children to do their homework

Similar words: enjoin, say, order, tell

Definition: give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority

Usage: I said to him to go home; She ordered him to do the shopping; The mother told the child to get dressed


Synonyms: direct

Definition: give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction

Usage: I directed them towards the town hall

Similar words: apprise, apprize, instruct

Definition: make aware of

Usage: Have the students been apprised of the tuition hike?


Synonyms: direct, address

Definition: put an address on (an envelope)

Similar words: label

Definition: assign a label to; designate with a label

Usage: These students were labelled `learning disabled'


Synonyms: target, direct, aim, point, place

Definition: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

Usage: He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face; criticism directed at her superior; direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself

Similar words: aim, direct, take, take aim, train

Definition: point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

Usage: Please don't aim at your little brother!; He trained his gun on the burglar; Don't train your camera on the women; Take a swipe at one's opponent


Synonyms: aim, direct, take, take aim, train

Definition: point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards

Usage: Please don't aim at your little brother!; He trained his gun on the burglar; Don't train your camera on the women; Take a swipe at one's opponent

Similar words: position

Definition: cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation


Synonyms: direct

Definition: guide the actors in (plays and films)

Similar words: make, create

Definition: make or cause to be or to become

Usage: make a mess in one's office; create a furor


Synonyms: direct, conduct, lead

Definition: lead, as in the performance of a composition

Usage: conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years

Similar words: do, perform, execute

Definition: carry out or perform an action

Usage: John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters; the skater executed a triple pirouette; she did a little dance


Synonyms: direct, steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, channelise, channelize, guide, head

Definition: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

Similar words: command, control

Definition: exercise authoritative control or power over

Usage: control the budget; Command the military forces


Synonyms: send, direct

Definition: cause to go somewhere

Usage: The explosion sent the car flying in the air; She sent her children to camp; He directed all his energies into his dissertation

Similar words: displace, move

Definition: cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

Usage: Move those boxes into the corner, please; I'm moving my money to another bank; The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant


Synonyms: direct

Definition: be in charge of

Similar words: deal, handle, manage, care

Definition: be in charge of, act on, or dispose of

Usage: I can deal with this crew of workers; This blender can't handle nuts; She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old

Synonyms for (adjective) direct

Synonyms: direct

Definition: lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact

Usage: the direct opposite

Similar words: absolute

Definition: perfect or complete or pure

Usage: absolute loyalty; absolute silence; absolute truth; absolute alcohol


Synonyms: direct

Definition: direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without deviation or interruption; straight and short

Usage: a direct route; a direct flight; a direct hit

Similar words: door-to-door

Definition: (of e.g. journeys or deliveries) direct from point of origin to point of destination

Usage: the limousine offers door-to-door service


Similar words: nonstop

Definition: (of a journey especially a flight) occurring without stops

Usage: a nonstop flight to Atlanta


Similar words: point-blank

Definition: close enough to go straight to the target

Usage: point-blank range; a point-blank shot


Similar words: straightforward

Definition: pointed directly ahead

Usage: a straightforward gaze


Similar words: undeviating, unswerving

Definition: going directly ahead from one point to another without veering or turning aside

Usage: some people see evolution as an undeviating upward march from simple organisms to the very complex; a straight and narrow tree-lined road unswerving across the lowlands


Similar words: through

Definition: (of a route or journey etc.) continuing without requiring stops or changes

Usage: a through street; a through bus; through traffic


Synonyms: direct

Definition: straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

Usage: a direct question; a direct response; a direct approach

Similar words: bluff

Definition: bluntly direct and outspoken but good-natured

Usage: a bluff but pleasant manner; a bluff and rugged natural leader


Similar words: blunt, candid, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder, outspoken, forthright, frank, free-spoken

Definition: characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

Usage: blunt talking and straight shooting; a blunt New England farmer; I gave them my candid opinion; forthright criticism; a forthright approach to the problem; tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank; it is possible to be outspoken without being rude; plainspoken and to the point; a point-blank accusation


Similar words: brutal

Definition: disagreeably direct and precise

Usage: he spoke with brutal honesty


Similar words: flat-footed

Definition: without reservation

Usage: a flat-footed refusal


Similar words: man-to-man

Definition: forthright and honest

Usage: had a man-to-man talk about the facts of life


Similar words: no-nonsense

Definition: not tolerating irrelevancies

Usage: the no-nonsense tones of a stern parent


Similar words: unvarnished, plain

Definition: free from any effort to soften to disguise

Usage: the plain and unvarnished truth; the unvarnished candor of old people and children


Similar words: pointed

Definition: direct and obvious in meaning or reference; often unpleasant

Usage: a pointed critique; a pointed allusion to what was going on; another pointed look in their direction


Similar words: square, straight, straightforward

Definition: without evasion or compromise

Usage: a square contradiction; he is not being as straightforward as it appears


Similar words: upfront

Definition: frank and honest

Usage: he was upfront about his intentions


Synonyms: direct, unmediated

Definition: having no intervening persons, agents, conditions

Usage: in direct sunlight; in direct contact with the voters; direct exposure to the disease; a direct link; the direct cause of the accident; direct vote

Similar words: immediate

Definition: having no intervening medium

Usage: an immediate influence


Synonyms: direct, verbatim

Definition: in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker

Usage: a direct quotation; repeated their dialog verbatim

Similar words: exact

Definition: marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact

Usage: an exact mind; an exact copy; hit the exact center of the target


Synonyms: direct, lineal

Definition: in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child

Usage: lineal ancestors; lineal heirs; a direct descendant of the king; direct heredity

Similar words: matrilineal, matrilinear

Definition: based on or tracing descent through the female line

Usage: matrilineal inheritance


Similar words: patrilineal, patrilinear

Definition: based on or tracing descent through the male line

Usage: a patrilineal society


Similar words: unilateral

Definition: tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only


Synonyms: direct

Definition: being an immediate result or consequence

Usage: a direct result of the accident

Similar words: primary

Definition: of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

Usage: primary goals; a primary effect; primary sources; a primary interest