1 manage, handle, run, administer, govern, regulate, control, operate, superintend, supervise, command, head up, rule; Colloq call the shots:
She directs the company with an iron hand.
2 guide, lead, conduct, pilot, steer, show or point (the way), be at the helm; advise, counsel, instruct, mastermind; usher, escort:
He has directed the company for 40 years, through good times and bad. Can you direct me to the post office?
3 rule, command, order, require, bid, tell, instruct, charge, dictate, enjoin; appoint, ordain:
He directed that the attack be launched at dawn.
4 aim, focus, level, point, train; turn:
That bullet was directed at my heart. Direct your attention to the front of the room.
5 send, address, post, mail:
Please direct the letter to my home.
6 straight, unswerving, shortest, undeviating, through:
We turned off the direct road to take in the view.
7 uninterrupted, unreflected, unrefracted, without interference, unobstructed:
She cannot remain in direct sunlight for very long.
8 unbroken, lineal:
He claims to be a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell's.
9 straightforward, unmitigated, outright, matter-of-fact, categorical, plain, clear, unambiguous, unmistakable, to the point, without or with no beating about the bush, unqualified, unequivocal, point-blank, explicit, express:
I expect a direct answer to my direct question. Have you direct evidence of his guilt? That was a gross insult and a direct lie!
10 straightforward, frank, candid, outspoken, plain-spoken, honest, blunt, open, uninhibited, unreserved, forthright, honest, sincere, unequivocal; undiplomatic, tactless:
She is very direct in commenting about people she dislikes.