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as in: walked directly to work Define
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
  • 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.

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  • I walked directly to work.
  • Let me get directly to the point.

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as in: directed her question to Define
aim or focus
  • 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.
  • The labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.

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  • Day dawned; and I directed my steps towards the town.
  • 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.
  • But how was I to direct myself?
  • My wanderings were directed towards the valley of Chamounix.
  • 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.
  • My attention at this time was solely directed towards my plan of introducing myself into the cottage of my protectors.
  • When my hunger was appeased, I directed my steps towards the wellknown path that conducted to the cottage.
  • A few incidents now and then directed me, and I possessed a map of the country; but I often wandered wide from my path.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.’
  • I do not know that the relation of my disasters will be useful to you; yet, 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.
  • But I had suffered him to depart, and he had directed his course towards the mainland.
  • I will hover near and direct the steel aright.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
  • Please direct your question to the appropriate department by selecting one from this list.

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unspecified meaning
  • 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.

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as in: walked directly to work Define
proceeding without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
as in: directly above; or buy direct from Define
straight (exactly where stated; or without anything in between)
as in: was direct in my instructions Define
straightforward (clear and explicit -- perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
as in: directed her question to Define
aim or focus
as in: directed the jury to... Define
give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
as in: directed the movie Define
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
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