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direct
used in Summer Pleasures

2 meanings, 15 uses
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1  —4 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
  • Because his direct, unblinking stare made her want to stammer, Lee gave him back the hard, uncompromising look.
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 (33% in)
direct = steady or focused
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Hunter looked directly at her, smiled and called on someone three rows back.
    1.2 — Part 1 Chapter 2 (79% in)
  • It was a direct hit to her most sensitive area.
    1.9 — Part 1 Chapter 9 (51% in)
  • Bryan glanced over and looked directly at Shade before she lowered her gaze to the unconscious boy.
    2.7 — Part 2 Chapter 7 (39% in)

There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Summer Pleasures.

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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)
  • But because her work was most often a direct result of her emotions, the pictures she took began to reflect both the complexity and the intimacy.
    2.7 — Part 2 Chapter 7 (11% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Tipping back her glass, Lee decided to try a more direct approach.
    1.3 — Part 1 Chapter 3 (28% in)
  • She might have drawn her hand away and he might have let her, but her statement seemed to be a direct challenge.
    1.3 — Part 1 Chapter 3 (77% in)

There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Summer Pleasures.

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?  —8 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • But now, behind his sunglasses, his eyes were direct.
    2.10 — Part 2 Chapter 10 (11% in)
  • She'd never seen eyes darker than his, more direct, more... disturbing.
    1.1 — Part 1 Chapter 1 (70% in)
  • He mulled this over, enjoying her quick response and her clean, direct thought-patterns.
    1.3 — Part 1 Chapter 3 (36% in)
  • Very dark, very direct, very... unnerving.
    1.4 — Part 1 Chapter 4 (8% in)
  • For years her life had been directed by deadlines, rush and self-imposed demands.
    1.5 — Part 1 Chapter 5 (57% in)
  • Chapter 10 Daughter... Sarah... Lee turned her head to meet the dark, direct eyes that were a duplicate of Hunter's.
    1.10 — Part 1 Chapter 10 (0% in)
  • If she had to travel in close quarters for weeks with a man who ruffled her professional feathers and stirred her feminine needs, she had to deal with him directly...on both counts.
    2.7 — Part 2 Chapter 7 (13% in)
  • Directly, she decided, but in her own fashion and her own time.
    2.7 — Part 2 Chapter 7 (13% in)

There are no more uses of "direct" in Summer Pleasures.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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