-di•rect (dɪˈrɛkt, daɪ-)
1. to manage or guide by advice, instruction, etc.
2. to regulate the course of; control.
3. to administer; manage; supervise: She directs the affairs of the estate.
4. to give authoritative instructions to; command; order or ordain: I directed him to leave the room.
5. to serve as a director in the production or performance of (a musical work, play, motion picture, etc.).
6. to tell or show (a person) the way to a place; guide.
7. to aim or send toward a place or object: to direct one’s aim.
8. to channel or focus toward a given result, object, or end (often fol. by to or toward): She directed her energies toward the work.
9. to address (words, a speech, etc.) to a person or persons.
10. to address (a letter, package, etc.) to an intended recipient.
11. to act as a guide.
12. to give commands or orders.
13. to serve as the director of a play, film, orchestra, etc.
14. proceeding in a straight line or by the shortest course; straight; not oblique: a direct route.
15. proceeding in an unbroken line of descent.
16. without intermediary agents, conditions, etc.; immediate: direct contact.
17. straightforward; frank; candid.
18. absolute; exact: the direct opposite.
19. consisting exactly of the words orig. used: direct quotation.
a. (of a proportion) containing terms of which an increase or decrease in one results in an increase or decrease in another.
b. (of a function) being a function itself, in contrast to its inverse.
- of or by action of voters, which takes effect without any intervening agency.
- inevitable; consequential: a direct result.
- allocated for or arising from a particular known agency: a direct cost.
- of or pertaining to direct current.
a. moving in an orbit in the same direction as the earth in its revolution around the sun. b. appearing to move on the celestial sphere in the direction of the natural order of the signs of the zodiac, from west to east. Compare retrograde (def. 4).
26. (of dye colors) substantive.
27. in a direct manner; directly; straight: Answer me direct.
[1325–75; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dīrēctus, dērēctus (the latter probably the orig. form, later reanalyzed as dī- di-2), past participle of dērigere to align, straighten, guide (dē- de- + -rigere, comb. form of regere to guide, rule)]
experience [ɪkˈspɪəәrɪəәns] n
1. direct personal participation or observation; actual knowledge or contact experience of prison life
2. a particular incident, feeling, etc., that a person has undergone an experience to remember
3. accumulated knowledge, esp of practical matters a man of experience
a. the totality of characteristics, both past and present, that make up the particular quality of a person, place, or people
b. the impact made on an individual by the culture of a people, nation, etc. the American experience
5. (Philosophy) Philosophy
a. the content of a perception regarded as independent of whether the apparent object actually exists Compare sense datum
b. the faculty by which a person acquires knowledge of contingent facts about the world, as contrasted with reason
c. the totality of a person’s perceptions, feelings, and memories
1. to participate in or undergo
2. to be emotionally or aesthetically moved by; feel to experience beauty
[from Latin experientia, from experīrī to prove; related to Latin perīculum peril]