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direct
used in The Sea of Monsters

4 meanings, 15 uses
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1  —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'd always had trouble looking directly at him, though I'd never quite understood why.
    Chapter 4 (76% in)
directly = straight (focusing where stated rather than including it as part of a larger focus; or a careful look rather than a quick glance)
  • We were on the inside slope of the hill now, the valley of Camp Half-Blood directly below us-the cabins, the training facilities, the Big House-all of it at risk if these bulls got past us.
    Chapter 4 (42% in)
directly = close
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2  —2 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Definition
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • Percy, the hardest part about being a god is that you must often act indirectly, especially when it comes to your own children.
    Chapter 19 (29% in)
indirectly = in a complicated, non-obvious manner

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirectly means not and reverses the meaning of directly. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
  • Tyson looked at me with fear in his one big eye, but I knew I couldn't disobey a direct order from the camp directors.
    Chapter 5 (75% in)
direct = clear
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3  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
Definition
give instructions or commands
  • I didn't know where I was anymore, or which way to steer the boat. It was a good thing Annabeth was directing me.
    Chapter 10 (26% in)
directing = giving directions to
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4  —10 uses as in:
directed the movie
Definition
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • It appears I shall have to reinstate Chiron as activities director.
    Chapter 17 (90% in)
director = supervisor (person in charge)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Chiron was the activities director at Camp Half-Blood.
    Chapter 1 (78% in)
  • director = supervisor (person in charge)
  • "The activities director," Clarisse said impatiently.
    Chapter 4 (90% in)
  • director = supervisor (person in charge)
  • Chiron is the activities director.
    Chapter 4 (90% in)
  • director = supervisor (person in charge)
  • Just the thought of the camp director, Mr. D, made me angry.
    Chapter 5 (19% in)
  • director = supervisor (person in charge)
  • I must entrust your safety to Mr. D and the new activities director.
    Chapter 5 (37% in)
  • director = supervisor (person in charge)
  • When they were at camp, they had to do all kinds of odd jobs for Mr. D, the director, but their most important work was out in the real world.
    Chapter 5 (48% in)
  • director = supervisor (person in charge)
  • Zeus appointed him director of Camp HalfBlood to dry out for a hundred years-a punishment for chasing some off-limits wood nymph.
    Chapter 5 (58% in)
  • director = supervisor (person in charge)
  • The new activities director licked his lips.
    Chapter 5 (64% in)
  • director = supervisor (person in charge)
  • The new activities director raised an eyebrow.
    Chapter 5 (73% in)
director = supervisor (person in charge)
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