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direct
used in It Happened to Nancy

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
Definition
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
  • After lunch Mom took me for my appointment, and after the usual thumping and stuff, Dr. Talbert said he wanted me to go directly to the hospital.
    p. 85.7

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2  —1 use 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 read somewhere once that people see the world and everything in it in direct ratio to how they see themselves.
    p. 209.3

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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • Mom's gone home and Dad has lovingly but firmly told me that if I don't eat every two hours, he is going to take me directly to the hospital.
    p. 178.4

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