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direct
used in Frankenstein

4 meanings, 21 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
Definition
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
  • As I was in a state of extreme debility, I resolved to sail directly towards the town, as a place where I could most easily procure nourishment.
    Chapter 20 (85% in)
directly = straight (without delay or interruption)
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2  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Definition
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
  • But it refreshed me and filled me with such agreeable sensations that I resolved to prolong my stay on the water, and fixing the rudder in a direct position, stretched myself at the bottom of the boat.
    Chapter 20 (70% in)
direct = straight (along a straight line)
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3  —17 uses as in:
directed her question to
Definition
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
  • I was surprised that among so many men of genius who had directed their inquiries towards the same science, that I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret.
    Chapter 4 (34% in)
directed = targeted
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I was their plaything and their idol, and something better—their child, the innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by heaven, whom to bring up to good, and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct to happiness or misery, according as they fulfilled their duties towards me.
    Chapter 1 (55% in)
  • direct = guide
  • It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world.
    Chapter 2 (27% in)
  • directed = targeted
  • The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.
    Chapter 3 (89% in)
  • directed = targeted
  • Day dawned; and I directed my steps towards the town.
    Chapter 7 (61% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • My wanderings were directed towards the valley of Chamounix.
    Chapter 9 (73% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • The old man returned to the cottage, and the youth, with tools different from those he had used in the morning, directed his steps across the fields.
    Chapter 11 (94% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • The more I saw of them, the greater became my desire to claim their protection and kindness; my heart yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures; to see their sweet looks directed towards me with affection was the utmost limit of my ambition.
    Chapter 15 (58% in)
  • directed = focused
  • My attention at this time was solely directed towards my plan of introducing myself into the cottage of my protectors.
    Chapter 15 (61% in)
  • directed = focused
  • From your lips first have I heard the voice of kindness directed towards me; I shall be forever grateful; and your present humanity assures me of success with those friends whom I am on the point of meeting.
    Chapter 15 (91% in)
  • directed = aimed (intended for)
  • When my hunger was appeased, I directed my steps towards the wellknown path that conducted to the cottage.
    Chapter 16 (18% in)
  • directed = pointed
  • But how was I to direct myself? I knew that I must travel in a southwesterly direction to reach my destination, but the sun was my only guide.
    Chapter 16 (42% in)
  • direct = guide
  • A few incidents now and then directed me, and I possessed a map of the country; but I often wandered wide from my path.
    Chapter 16 (51% in)
  • directed = guided
  • But I had suffered him to depart, and he had directed his course towards the mainland.
    Chapter 20 (40% in)
  • directed = aimed
  • Cold, want, and fatigue were the least pains which I was destined to endure; I was cursed by some devil and carried about with me my eternal hell; yet still a spirit of good followed and directed my steps and when I most murmured would suddenly extricate me from seemingly insurmountable difficulties.
    Chapter 24 (11% in)
  • directed = guided
  • I will hover near and direct the steel aright.
    Chapter 24 (36% in)
  • direct = guide
  • They insisted, therefore, that I should engage with a solemn promise that if the vessel should be freed I would instantly direct my course southwards.
    Chapter 24 (58% in)
direct = aim
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4  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
Definition
give instructions or commands
  • ...when I reflect that you are pursuing the same course, exposing yourself to the same dangers which have rendered me what I am, I imagine that you may deduce an apt moral from my tale, one that may direct you if you succeed in your undertaking and console you in case of failure.
    Introductory Letters (93% in)
direct = instruct
  • Not that, like a magic scene, it all opened upon me at once: the information I had obtained was of a nature rather to direct my endeavours so soon as I should point them towards the object of my search than to exhibit that object already accomplished.
    Chapter 4 (42% in)
direct = instruct
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