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direct
used in Change of Heart by Picoult

2 meanings, 17 uses
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1  —5 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
  • He looked directly at me.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He sat down on the edge of the bed and spoke directly to Claire, as if she were my age instead of eleven.
  • Now, with him directly in front of my cell door, I could see that he was younger than I would have expected, with hair that seemed decidedly un-priestlike and eyes as soft as gray flannel.
  • The victim also has the chance to receive answers to any lingering questions about the crime, and to be directly involved in trying to develop a plan for the offender to pay back a debt if possible—emotional or monetary.
  • He took the noose and readjusted it around the smaller man's neck, but this time he tightened the knot directly below the left ear.

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2  —6 uses as in:
directed the movie
Definition
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • I hope you're pleased, the funeral director had said.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The funeral director had let me see them.
  • I had been told by the funeral director, after the murders, to think about it.
  • The funeral director told me that it might be nice to have a table of mementos that meant something to Elizabeth—stuffed animals or family vacation photos, chocolate chip cookies.
  • I let the funeral director put makeup on her face for the first time.
  • It was not an open-casket funeral; but before we left for the graveside service, the funeral director lifted the cover to make final adjustments.

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?  —6 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Or pick up your red phone and dial God directly.
  • They never spoke to inmates directly about their lives, and that actually was fine.
  • Amicus was Latin for friend of the court; when you had a position on a particular case but weren't directly a party involved in it, the court would let you legally spell out your feelings if it might be beneficial to the decision-making process.
  • Shay walked directly up to the door of the cell and started to grin.
  • He was talking about the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which said that witnesses had to be disclosed thirty days before a trial, unless otherwise directed by the court.
  • Those red phones are direct hookups to the governor's office and the attorney general—the commissioner will call to make sure there's been no stay of execution, no last minute reprieve.

There are no more uses of "direct" in Change of Heart by Picoult.

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