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direct
used in My Antonia

3 meanings, 13 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
depart directly
Definition
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
  • Yulka forgot to give me back my comforter, and I had to drive home directly against the wind.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (46% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He felt his way directly to the piano.
    Book 2 — The Hired Girls (37% in)
  • At the end of his run he stepped indifferently from the train along with the passengers, his street hat on his head and his conductor's cap in an alligator-skin bag, went directly into the station and changed his clothes.
    Book 4 — The Pioneer Woman's Story (28% in)

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2  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Definition
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
  • I worked at a commodious green-topped table placed directly in front of the west window which looked out over the prairie.
    Book 3 — Lena Lingard (6% in)
  • It stood directly in front of their old cave, which they used as a cellar.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (86% in)

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3  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
Definition
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • Grandmother went on talking in her polite Virginia way, not admitting their stark need or her own remissness, until Jake arrived with the hamper, as if in direct answer to Mrs. Shimerda's reproaches.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (52% in)

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?  —7 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • His habitual scepticism was like a direct inheritance from that old woman.
    Book 5 — Cuzak's Boys (53% in)
  • "Of course," he said, "I should have to do it in a direct way, and say a great deal about myself.
    Introduction (77% in)
  • Both rooms were plastered and whitewashed—the plaster laid directly upon the earth walls, as it used to be in dugouts.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (5% in)
  • The road from the post-office came directly by our door, crossed the farmyard, and curved round this little pond, beyond which it began to climb the gentle swell of unbroken prairie to the west.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (8% in)
  • Since the father's death, Ambrosch was more than ever the head of the house, and he seemed to direct the feelings as well as the fortunes of his womenfolk.
    Book 1 — The Shimerdas (91% in)
  • The door from the office opened, and Johnnie Gardener came in, directing Blind d'Arnault—he would never consent to be led.
    Book 2 — The Hired Girls (36% in)
  • Ambrosch, the thoughtful-looking one who had directed me down by the plum bushes, called my attention to the stout brick walls and the cement floor.
    Book 5 — Cuzak's Boys (23% in)

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