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direct
used in In the Unlikely Event

2 meanings, 11 uses
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1  —3 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 wandered through the house, stopping to look at a tinted photo of Kathy on the piano, her bright eyes looking directly at him.
    p. 206.8
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • For the first time every song spoke directly to Miri.
    p. 119.8
  • "We made a mistake sixteen years ago," he began, looking directly at Rusty.
    p. 352.6

There are no more uses of "direct" flagged with this meaning in In the Unlikely Event.

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2  —2 uses as in:
directed the movie
Definition
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
  • In Washington, E. S. Hensley, director of the Civil Aeronautics Administration's office of aviation safety, could offer no explanation why three major crashes have occurred in the same place within less than 60 days.
    p. 296.5
  • Mrs. Domanski, the choir director, explained that Natalie had suffered stomach pains, probably brought on by stage fright, and had gone home with her mother.
    p. 78.3

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?  —6 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Next, she'd look directly at Mike Monsky.
    p. 353.5
  • Humphrey Bogart waded hip-deep into muddy water on Sunset Boulevard to direct traffic.
    p. 150.3
  • Eleanor had to cup her hand and speak directly into Miri's ear, it was so noisy.
    p. 216.5
  • "It's time to take action," says Richard F. Green, Red Cross disaster director.
    p. 220.3
  • But another official, speaking off the record, speculated that the pilot might have tried to pull the plane upward in a desperate effort to redirect the crash away from Battin High School, leading to a stall, which caused it to plummet directly to earth.
    p. 224.7
  • CHRISTINA DIDN'T DROP the hint about a Valentine's Day gift directly to Dr. O. Instead, she told Daisy that Mrs. Osner had put something away at Nia's Lingerie in case Dr. O decided to go shopping.
    p. 257.3

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