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direct
used in Of Human Bondage

2 meanings, 18 uses
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1  —1 use 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
  • He had read the great poets, more characteristic of their race than the poets of other lands; for they seemed to have drawn their inspiration not at all from the general currents of the world's literature but directly from the torrid, scented plains and the bleak mountains of their country.
    121-122 — Chapters 121-122 (28% in)

There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Of Human Bondage.

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2  —3 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Definition
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • I take advantage of the fact that the majority of mankind are led by certain rewards to do things which directly or indirectly tend to my convenience.
    45-46 — Chapters 45-46 (41% in)
directly = in a straightforward manner (an uncomplicated manner before including secondary effects)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I take advantage of the fact that the majority of mankind are led by certain rewards to do things which directly or indirectly tend to my convenience.'
    45-46 — Chapters 45-46 (42% in)
  • People always do, directly or indirectly, when they get angry with me.
    117-118 — Chapters 117-118 (20% in)

There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Of Human Bondage.

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?  —14 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • People always do, directly or indirectly, when they get angry with me.
    117-118 — Chapters 117-118 (20% in)
  • Actions which would have excited his horror in the life about him, in the reading passed through his mind without comment, because they were committed under the direct inspiration of God.
    13-14 — Chapters 13-14 (43% in)
  • He understood that, unable to bring herself to apologise directly, she made this offer as amends.
    43-44 — Chapters 43-44 (36% in)
  • He never attacked her prejudices directly, but sought to combat them by the suggestion that they were suburban.
    63-64 — Chapters 63-64 (9% in)
  • He remembered with an amused shrug of the shoulders his life in Paris, absorbed in colour, tone, values, Heaven knows what, with the aim of producing beautiful things: the directness of contact with men and women gave a thrill of power which he had never known.
    81-82 — Chapters 81-82 (39% in)
  • His decision to come to England was caused directly by an announcement from Leonard Upjohn that a publisher had consented to print the poems.
    83-84 — Chapters 83-84 (11% in)
  • The work was of the same character as that which he had just been engaged on, but with the greater directness which surgery has than medicine; and a larger proportion of the patients suffered from those two diseases which a supine public allows, in its prudishness, to be spread broadcast.
    83-84 — Chapters 83-84 (46% in)
  • The boarding-house to which they had been directed was kept by a bustling maiden lady, with shrewd eyes and voluble speech.
    93-94 — Chapters 93-94 (58% in)
  • His work consisted in directing people to the various departments.
    103-104 — Chapters 103-104 (5% in)
  • As he stood at the top of the stairs and directed people to the departments they wanted, he occupied his mind with thinking incessantly what he would do with the money.
    105-106 — Chapters 105-106 (23% in)
  • "If you went into Lynn and Sedley, and made your way into the "made robes' department, you would see me in a frock coat, walking about with a degage air and directing ladies who want to buy petticoats or stockings.
    105-106 — Chapters 105-106 (47% in)
  • He addressed himself directly to his guest with a torrent of rhodomontade; and the young man, reduced to helpless silence and shy, nodded his head at intervals to show that he took an intelligent interest.
    115-116 — Chapters 115-116 (29% in)
  • Philip had never before heard Mrs. Athelny refer so directly to the difficulties of her life.
    115-116 — Chapters 115-116 (40% in)
  • Doctor South gave him a look, but did not reply directly.
    115-116 — Chapters 115-116 (78% in)

There are no more uses of "direct" in Of Human Bondage.

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