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Another word for direct

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Verb
  1. To have charge of (the affairs of others)

    See also:

    over

  2. To control the course of (an activity)

      1. To guide (a vessel or vehicle), especially by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or wheel:
      2. To set and follow (a course):
      3. To direct the course of:
      1. To move swiftly on foot so that both or all feet are not on the ground during each stride.
      2. To retreat rapidly; flee:
      3. To depart; leave:
      1. To perform a function; work:
      2. To perform surgery.
      3. To exert an influence:
      1. To have charge of; direct or administer:
      2. To exert control over; regulate or limit toward a desired end:
      3. To direct or supervise (employees or other staff):
      1. To direct the course of; manage or control:
      2. To lead or guide:
      3. To direct the performance of (an orchestra or chorus, for example).
      1. Small or compact enough to be carried aboard and stowed on an airplane, train, or bus by a passenger:
      2. A carry-on bag, suitcase, or other item.
    See also:

    over

  3. To exercise authority or influence over

      1. Governing power or its possession or use; authority.
      2. The duration of such power.
      3. An authoritative, prescribed direction for conduct, especially one of the regulations governing procedure in a legislative body or a regulation observed by the players in a game, sport, or contest.
      1. To make and administer the public policy and affairs of (a state, for example); exercise sovereign authority over.
      2. To control the speed or magnitude of; regulate:
      3. To control the actions or behavior of:
      1. To control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power:
      2. To exert a supreme, guiding influence on or over:
      3. To enjoy a commanding, controlling position in:
      1. To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct:
      2. To adjust to a requirement; regulate:
      3. To hold in restraint; check:
  4. To give orders to

      1. To communicate by speech or writing; express with words:
      2. To give a detailed account of; narrate:
      3. To notify (someone) of something; inform:
      1. A condition of logical or comprehensible arrangement among the separate elements of a group.
      2. A condition of methodical or prescribed arrangement among component parts such that proper functioning or appearance is achieved:
      3. Condition or state in general:
      1. To give orders to; direct:
      2. To provide with knowledge; to train or inform:
      3. To serve as an instructor.
      1. To direct (a person) to do something; order or urge:
      2. To require or impose (an action or behavior, for example) with authority and emphasis; prescribe.
      3. To prohibit or forbid:
      1. To direct with authority; give orders to.
      2. To have control or authority over; rule:
      3. To have at one's disposal:
      1. To impose a duty, responsibility, or obligation on:
      2. To instruct or urge authoritatively; command:
      3. To instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence.
      1. To offer or propose (an amount) as a price.
      2. To auction (a contract):
      3. To offer (someone) membership, as in a group or club:
  5. To devote (oneself or one's efforts)

      1. To cause to move around an axis or center; cause to rotate or revolve:
      2. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
      3. To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement:
      1. To make a present of:
      2. To place in the hands of; pass:
      3. To deliver in exchange or recompense; pay:
      1. The distinctness or clarity of an image rendered by an optical system.
      2. The state of maximum distinctness or clarity of such an image:
      3. An apparatus used to adjust the focal length of an optical system in order to make an image distinct or clear:
      1. To give or apply (one's time, attention, or self, for example) entirely to a particular activity, pursuit, cause, or person.
      2. To set apart for a specific purpose or use:
      1. To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate.
      2. To set apart for a special use:
      3. To commit (oneself) to a particular course of thought or action:
      1. To direct or draw toward a common center; focus.
      2. To bring into one main body:
      3. To make (a solution or mixture) less dilute.
      1. (idiomatic) To put forth the needed effort; to focus; become serious; apply oneself (e.g. to work or study).
      1. To cause to assume a curved or angular shape:
      2. To bring (a bow, for example) into a state of tension by drawing on a string or line.
      3. To force to assume a different direction or shape, according to one's own purpose:
      1. To bring into nearness or contact with something; put on, upon, or to:
      2. To put to or adapt for a special use:
      3. To put into action:
      1. To speak to:
      2. To make a formal speech to:
      3. To direct (a spoken or written message) to the attention of:
  6. To show the way to

      1. One who is employed to escort people to their seats, as in a theater, church, or stadium.
      2. A man who attends a bridal party at a wedding.
      3. One who serves as official doorkeeper, as in a courtroom or legislative chamber.
      1. To guide (a vessel or vehicle), especially by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or wheel:
      2. To set and follow (a course):
      3. To direct the course of:
      1. To cause or allow to be seen; display:
      2. To display for sale, in exhibition, or in competition:
      3. To permit access to (a house, for example) when offering for sale or rent.
      1. One who herds, guards, and tends sheep.
      2. One who cares for and guides a group of people, as a minister or teacher.
      3. A German shepherd.
      1. A road, course, or way for travel from one place to another:
      2. A highway:
      3. A fixed course or territory assigned to a salesperson or delivery person.
      1. One who operates or is licensed to operate an aircraft in flight.
      2. One who, though not belonging to a ship's company, is licensed to conduct a ship into and out of port or through dangerous waters.
      3. The helmsman of a ship.
      1. To show the way to by going in advance:
      2. To guide or direct in a course:
      3. To serve as a route for; take:
      1. One who shows the way by leading, directing, or advising.
      2. One who serves as a model for others, as in a course of conduct.
      3. A person employed to conduct others, as through a museum, and give information about points of interest encountered.
      1. One or more persons accompanying another to guide, protect, or show honor.
      2. A man who is the companion of a woman, especially on a social occasion.
      3. A person, often a prostitute, who is hired to spend time with another as a companion.
      1. To direct the course of; manage or control:
      2. To lead or guide:
      3. To direct the performance of (an orchestra or chorus, for example).
    See also:

    show

  7. To move (a weapon or blow, for example) in the direction of someone or something

      1. To cause to lie down:
      2. To place in or bring to a particular position:
      3. To bury.
      1. To focus one's aim; to zoom in and center on something.
      1. To cause to move around an axis or center; cause to rotate or revolve:
      2. To cause to move around in order to achieve a result, such as opening, closing, tightening, or loosening:
      3. To alter or control the functioning of (a mechanical device, for example) by the use of a rotating or similar movement:
      1. A series of connected railroad cars pulled or pushed by one or more locomotives.
      2. A long line of moving people, animals, or vehicles.
      3. The personnel, vehicles, and equipment following and providing supplies and services to a combat unit.
      1. To put in a specified position or arrangement; place:
      2. To put into a specified state:
      3. To cause to begin an action:
      1. A sharp or tapered end:
      2. An object having a sharp or tapered end:
      3. A tapering extension of land projecting into water; a peninsula, cape, or promontory.
      1. Relative position or rank on a scale:
      2. A relative degree, as of achievement, intensity, or concentration:
      3. A natural or proper position, place, or stage:
      1. The uppermost or forwardmost part of the body of a vertebrate, containing the brain and the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and jaws.
      2. The analogous part of an invertebrate organism.
      3. The length or height of such a part:
      1. To throw (something, especially something light):
      2. To throw with force; hurl:
      3. To throw or propel a lure or bait at the end of (a fishing line) into the water so as to catch fish or other aquatic life.
      1. To direct (a weapon or camera) toward a point.
      2. To direct or propel (an object, such as a ball) toward a point:
      3. To direct toward or intend for a particular goal or group:
    See also:

    seek

  8. To mark (a written communication) with its destination

    See also:

    start

Adjective
  1. Proceeding or lying in an uninterrupted line or course

    See also:

    straight

  2. Manifesting honesty and directness, especially in speech

  3. Marked by the absence of any intervention

  4. Of unbroken descent or lineage

      1. Belonging to or being in the direct line of descent from an ancestor.
      2. Derived from or relating to a particular line of descent; hereditary.
      3. Linear.
    See also:

    continue

Adverb
  1. In a direct line

    See also:

    straight

  2. With precision or absolute conformity

    See also:

    precise

Another word for direct

Modifier
  1. Without divergence

  2. Frank

  3. With nothing or no one intervening

    See also:

    literal

Verb
  1. To show the way

      1. To guide (a vessel or vehicle), especially by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or wheel:
      2. To set and follow (a course):
      3. To direct the course of:
      1. One who shows the way by leading, directing, or advising.
      2. One who serves as a model for others, as in a course of conduct.
      3. A person employed to conduct others, as through a museum, and give information about points of interest encountered.
      1. To cause or allow to be seen; display:
      2. To display for sale, in exhibition, or in competition:
      3. To permit access to (a house, for example) when offering for sale or rent.
      1. To direct the course of; manage or control:
      2. To lead or guide:
      3. To direct the performance of (an orchestra or chorus, for example).
    See also:

    lead

  2. To decide the course of affairs

      1. A power affecting a person, thing, or course of events, especially one that operates without any direct or apparent effort:
      2. Power to sway or affect based on prestige, wealth, ability, or position:
      3. A person who exerts such power:
      1. To make and administer the public policy and affairs of (a state, for example); exercise sovereign authority over.
      2. To control the speed or magnitude of; regulate:
      3. To control the actions or behavior of:
      1. To control or direct according to rule, principle, or law.
      2. To adjust to a particular specification or requirement:
      3. To adjust (a mechanism) for accurate and proper functioning.
  3. To teach

  4. To address

      1. To examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed characters, words, or sentences).
      2. To utter or render aloud (written or printed material):
      3. To have the ability to examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed material in a given language or notation):
      1. An exposition of a given subject delivered before an audience or class, as for the purpose of instruction.
      2. An earnest admonition or reproof; a reprimand.
      3. To deliver a lecture or series of lectures.
      1. To bring or transport to the proper place or recipient; distribute:
      2. To surrender (someone or something) to another; hand over:
      3. To secure (something promised or desired), as for a candidate or political party:
    See also:

    address

  5. To aim

      1. The distinctness or clarity of an image rendered by an optical system.
      2. The state of maximum distinctness or clarity of such an image:
      3. An apparatus used to adjust the focal length of an optical system in order to make an image distinct or clear:
      1. Relative position or rank on a scale:
      2. A relative degree, as of achievement, intensity, or concentration:
      3. A natural or proper position, place, or stage:
      1. A series of connected railroad cars pulled or pushed by one or more locomotives.
      2. A long line of moving people, animals, or vehicles.
      3. The personnel, vehicles, and equipment following and providing supplies and services to a combat unit.
      1. A sharp or tapered end:
      2. An object having a sharp or tapered end:
      3. A tapering extension of land projecting into water; a peninsula, cape, or promontory.
    See also:

    aim

  6. To command

      1. To impose a duty, responsibility, or obligation on:
      2. To instruct or urge authoritatively; command:
      3. To instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence.