To manage or conduct the affairs of; regulate. To have or take charge of; control. See Synonyms at conduct. To give authoritative instructions to: directed the student to answer. To cause to move toward a goal; aim. See Synonyms at aim. To show or indicate the way for: directed us to the airport. To cause to move in or follow a straight course: directed their fire at the target. To indicate the intended recipient on (a letter, for example). To address or adapt (remarks, for example) to a specific person, audience, or purpose. To give guidance and instruction to (actors or musicians, for example) in the rehearsal and performance of a work. To supervise the performance of. To give commands or directions. To conduct a performance or rehearsal. Proceeding without interruption in a straight course or line; not deviating or swerving: a direct route. Straightforward and candid; frank: a direct response. Having no intervening persons, conditions, or agencies; immediate: direct contact; direct sunlight. Effected by action of the voters, rather than through elected representatives or delegates: direct elections. Being of unbroken descent; lineal: a direct descendant of the monarch. Consisting of the exact words of the writer or speaker: a direct quotation; direct speech. Lacking compromising or mitigating elements; absolute: direct opposites. Mathematics Varying in the same manner as another quantity, especially increasing if another quantity increases or decreasing if it decreases. Astronomy Designating west-to-east motion of a planet in the same direction as the sun's movement against the stars. Sports Being a free kick in soccer by which a goal can be scored without the ball being touched by a second player. Straight; directly.