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direct
used in The Chocolate War

2 meanings, 8 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
  • The platform stood directly at the fifty-yard line close to the stands so that each kid would see everything and wouldn't miss any of the action.
    Chapter 35 (6% in)
  • In fact, when Brother Leon had told them about the special honor roll, John Sulkey could have sworn he was looking directly at him—as if Brother Leon was counting personally on him to set a good example.
    Chapter 14 (14% in)

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2  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
Definition
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
  • All eyes were directed to the platform where Renault and Janza stood at diagonal corners.
    Chapter 36 (48% in)

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?  —5 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • They would have to fight the way the guys in the bleachers directed them.
    Chapter 36 (11% in)
  • "As you know, gentlemen," Brother Leon began, addressing the class directly and ignoring Bailey completely although the boy was standing beside him, "as you know, a certain discipline must be maintained in a school.
    Chapter 6 (23% in)
  • I know, I know," Leon said sharply, swivel-ing away in his desk chair as if Brian weren't important enough to be addressed directly.
    Chapter 22 (38% in)
  • Word had been spreading throughout the school—the kid had refused to sell the chocolates in direct defiance of The Vigils.
    Chapter 27 (50% in)
  • There was no necessity for the chocolate roll call now because most of the students were bringing their returns directly to Brian Cochran in the office.
    Chapter 30 (2% in)

There are no more uses of "direct" in The Chocolate War.

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