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direct
used in Hunger Games Book #3 (Mockingjay)

6 meanings, 37 uses
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1  —7 uses as in:
depart directly
Definition
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
  • She scribbles something on a pad and sends me directly back to the hospital.
    Chapter 17 (26% in)
directly = immediately
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In the morning, I see that 7:00—Breakfast is directly followed by 7:30—Command, which is fine since I may as well start the ball rolling.
    Chapter 3 (20% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • I left the studio directly and refused to acknowledge his comments from the booth today.
    Chapter 6 (1% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • If you force me to leave, I'll go directly to surgery and tell my mother everything that's happened.
    Chapter 13 (13% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • The Nut was established directly after the Dark Days, when the Capitol had lost 13 and was desperate for a new underground stronghold.
    Chapter 14 (4% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • Finnick goes directly down to see Johanna, but I linger outside a few minutes until Boggs comes out.
    Chapter 18 (53% in)
  • directly = immediately
  • It doesn't matter whether they tracked us to the second apartment or assumed we went directly underground.
    Chapter 22 (3% in)
directly = immediately
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Hunger Games Book #3 (Mockingjay).

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2  —11 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
  • What has been proposed is that in lieu of eliminating the entire Capitol population, we have a final, symbolic Hunger Games, using the children directly related to those who held the most power.
    Chapter 26 (79% in)
directly = closely (in this case, not distant relatives, but close relatives)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I avoid looking at him directly, but I catch a glimpse of his reflection in one of the shiny control consoles along the wall.
    Chapter 6 (7% 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)
  • I shift onto my side and find myself looking directly into Gale's eyes.
    Chapter 7 (61% in)
  • directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
  • I lead earlier and score a direct hit on the point plane, blasting a hole in its belly.
    Chapter 7 (79% in)
  • direct = exact
  • I start to get up and then realize they plan to roll my hospital bed directly there.
    Chapter 8 (14% in)
  • directly = where stated (used for emphasis)
  • He looks directly into the camera, right into my eyes.
    Chapter 8 (93% in)
  • directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
  • Then I'm staring directly into President Snow's snake eyes as he greets the nation.
    Chapter 9 (88% in)
  • directly = straight (exactly where stated)
  • Because now I know that everything I say will be directly taken out on Peeta.
    Chapter 11 (82% in)
  • directly = where stated (used for emphasis)
  • ...before I realize he's standing there. Directly across the table, behind the empty seat next to Johanna. Watching me.
    Chapter 17 (67% in)
  • directly = straight (exactly where stated; used for emphasis)
  • There is a simple network of wide tunnels that directly corresponds to the main street plan above, underlying the major avenues and cross streets.
    Chapter 21 (72% in)
  • directly = exactly
  • This is what happens: A hovercraft marked with the Capitol's seal materializes directly over the barricaded children.
    Chapter 24 (94% in)
directly = exactly where stated (used for emphasis)
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3  —4 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Definition
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
  • Gale and I directly disobeyed orders yesterday, and Boggs has the injury to prove it.
    Chapter 8 (16% in)
directly = in a straightforward manner (clearly without any ambiguity)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Although we have decades of support for the assumption that further direct attacks on Thirteen would be counterproductive to the Capitol's cause. Nuclear missiles would release radiation into the atmosphere, with incalculable environmental results. Even routine bombing could badly damage our military compound, which we know they hope to regain.
    Chapter 10 (7% in)
  • direct = straightforward (uncomplicated)
  • That would be in direct violation of President Coin's orders.
    Chapter 20 (44% in)
  • direct = clear
  • I feel immensely relieved by the news that I won't be given—and have to ignore—direct orders from 13.
    Chapter 23 (83% in)
direct = clear
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4  —8 uses 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
  • He painfully pushes himself up to a sitting position and directs his words to Gale.
    Chapter 20 (**% in)
directs = aims or focuses
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • When we ask for Beetee, we're directed through the maze until we reach an enormous plate-glass window.
    Chapter 5 (45% in)
  • directed = guided
  • A woman directing the incoming patients catches sight of us, does a sort of double take, and then strides over.
    Chapter 7 (9% in)
  • directing = sending to specific places
  • Groups of people begin to peel off into marked doorways and still Boggs directs me downward, until finally the stairs end at the edge of an enormous cavern.
    Chapter 10 (20% in)
  • directs = indicates to go where stated
  • I can't help thinking that's directed at me.
    Chapter 14 (75% in)
  • directed = aimed (intended for)
  • Not that it's directed at me.
    Chapter 17 (75% in)
  • directed = aimed (intended for)
  • At first I think that Peeta is the cause of the unease, but by the end of the meal, I realize more than a few unfriendly looks have been directed my way.
    Chapter 19 (27% in)
  • directed = focused
  • "Stay to the right!" a voice orders, and I see the Peacekeepers interspersed throughout the crowd, directing the flow of human traffic.
    Chapter 24 (50% in)
directing = steering
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Hunger Games Book #3 (Mockingjay).

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5  —5 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
Definition
give instructions or commands
  • We clean our spaces, as directed, and file obediently toward the door.
    Chapter 11 (39% in)
directed = instructed
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We board a hovercraft for the short ride to 12 and I'm directed to a seat at a table where Plutarch, Gale, and Cressida are poring over a map.
    Chapter 9 (21% in)
  • directed = given instructions to go
  • Cressida directs the team to start with me at my old house.
    Chapter 9 (28% in)
  • directs = instructs
  • After Crazy Cat, we're directed to bed.
    Chapter 11 (17% in)
  • directed = given instructions to go
  • As directed, I turn so they see me in profile, and wait.
    Chapter 26 (95% in)
directed = instructed
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Hunger Games Book #3 (Mockingjay).

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6  —2 uses as in:
directed the movie
Definition
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • The TV crew consists of a pair of burly Capitol cameramen with heavy mobile cameras encasing their bodies like insect shells, a woman director named Cressida who has a shaved head tattooed with green vines, and her assistant, Messalla, a slim young man with several sets of earrings.
    Chapter 7 (2% in)
director = person in charge

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
  • Since this is both a mission and a shoot, I'm about to ask who's in charge, my commander or my director, when Cressida calls, "Action!"
    Chapter 19 (93% in)
director = person in charge of making a film

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in Hunger Games Book #3 (Mockingjay).

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