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 for direct
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tax \Tax\, n. [F. taxe, fr. taxer to tax, L. taxare to touch,
     sharply, to feel, handle, to censure, value, estimate, fr.
     tangere, tactum, to touch. See Tangent, and cf. Task,
     Taste.]
     1. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed
        by authority. Specifically: 
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        (a) A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for
            the support of a government.
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                  A farmer of taxes is, of all creditors,
                  proverbially the most rapacious.  --Macaulay.
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        (b) Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon
            polls, lands, houses, income, etc.; as, a land tax; a
            window tax; a tax on carriages, and the like.
  
     Note: Taxes are annual or perpetual, direct or
           indirect, etc.
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        (c) A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society
            to defray its expenses.
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     2. A task exacted from one who is under control; a
        contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed
        upon a subject.
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     3. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy
        tax on time or health.
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     4. Charge; censure. [Obs.] --Clarendon.
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     5. A lesson to be learned; a task. [Obs.] --Johnson.
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     Tax cart, a spring cart subject to a low tax. [Eng.]
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     Syn: Impost; tribute; contribution; duty; toll; rate;
          assessment; exaction; custom; demand.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Direct \Di*rect"\, a. [L. directus, p. p. of dirigere to direct:
     cf. F. direct. See Dress, and cf. Dirge.]
     1. Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by
        the short or shortest way to a point or end; as, a direct
        line; direct means.
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              What is direct to, what slides by, the question.
                                                    --Locke.
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     2. Straightforward; not of crooked ways, or swerving from
        truth and openness; sincere; outspoken.
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              Be even and direct with me.           --Shak.
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     3. Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
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              He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
                                                    --Locke.
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              A direct and avowed interference with elections.
                                                    --Hallam.
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     4. In the line of descent; not collateral; as, a descendant
        in the direct line.
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     5. (Astron.) In the direction of the general planetary
        motion, or from west to east; in the order of the signs;
        not retrograde; -- said of the motion of a celestial
        body.
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     6. (Political Science) Pertaining to, or effected immediately
        by, action of the people through their votes instead of
        through one or more representatives or delegates; as,
        direct nomination, direct legislation.
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     Direct action.
        (a) (Mach.) See Direct-acting.
        (b) (Trade unions) See Syndicalism, below. [Webster 1913
            Suppl.]
  
     Direct discourse (Gram.), the language of any one quoted
        without change in its form; as, he said "I can not come;"
        -- correlative to indirect discourse, in which there is
        change of form; as, he said that he could not come. They
        are often called respectively by their Latin names,
        oratio directa, and oratio obliqua.
  
     Direct evidence (Law), evidence which is positive or not
        inferential; -- opposed to circumstantial evidence, or
        indirect evidence. -- This distinction, however, is
        merely formal, since there is no direct evidence that is
        not circumstantial, or dependent on circumstances for its
        credibility. --Wharton.
  
     Direct examination (Law), the first examination of a
        witness in the orderly course, upon the merits. --Abbott.
  
     Direct fire (Mil.), fire, the direction of which is
        perpendicular to the line of troops or to the parapet
        aimed at.
  
     Direct process (Metal.), one which yields metal in working
        condition by a single process from the ore. --Knight.
  
     Direct tax, a tax assessed directly on lands, etc., and
        polls, distinguished from taxes on merchandise, or
        customs, and from excise.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Direct \Di*rect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Directed; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Directing.]
     1. To arrange in a direct or straight line, as against a
        mark, or towards a goal; to point; to aim; as, to direct
        an arrow or a piece of ordnance.
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     2. To point out or show to (any one), as the direct or right
        course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way; as,
        he directed me to the left-hand road.
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              The Lord direct your into the love of God. --2
                                                    Thess. iii. 5.
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              The next points to which I will direct your
              attention.                            --Lubbock.
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     3. To determine the direction or course of; to cause to go on
        in a particular manner; to order in the way to a certain
        end; to regulate; to govern; as, to direct the affairs of
        a nation or the movements of an army.
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              I will direct their work in truth.    --Is. lxi. 8.
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     4. To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior;
        to order; as, he directed them to go.
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              I 'll first direct my men what they shall do.
                                                    --Shak.
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     5. To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name
        and residence of the person to whom anything is sent; to
        superscribe; as, to direct a letter.
  
     Syn: To guide; lead; conduct; dispose; manage; regulate;
          order; instruct; command.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Direct \Di*rect"\, v. i.
     To give direction; to point out a course; to act as guide.
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           Wisdom is profitable to direct.          --Eccl. x. 10.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Direct \Di*rect"\, n. (Mus.)
     A character, thus [?], placed at the end of a staff on the
     line or space of the first note of the next staff, to apprise
     the performer of its situation. --Moore (Encyc. of Music).
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  direct
      adv 1: without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake";
             "went direct to the office" [syn: directly, straight,
             direct]
      adj 1: direct in spatial dimensions; proceeding without
             deviation or interruption; straight and short; "a direct
             route"; "a direct flight"; "a direct hit" [ant:
             indirect]
      2: having no intervening persons, agents, conditions; "in direct
         sunlight"; "in direct contact with the voters"; "direct
         exposure to the disease"; "a direct link"; "the direct cause
         of the accident"; "direct vote" [syn: direct, unmediated]
      3: straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or
         action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct
         approach" [ant: indirect]
      4: in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child;
         "lineal ancestors"; "lineal heirs"; "a direct descendant of
         the king"; "direct heredity" [syn: lineal, direct] [ant:
         collateral, indirect]
      5: moving from west to east on the celestial sphere; or--for
         planets--around the sun in the same direction as the Earth
         [ant: retrograde]
      6: similar in nature or effect or relation to another quantity;
         "a term is in direct proportion to another term if it
         increases (or decreases) as the other increases (or
         decreases)" [ant: inverse]
      7: (of a current) flowing in one direction only; "direct
         current" [ant: alternating]
      8: being an immediate result or consequence; "a direct result of
         the accident"
      9: in precisely the same words used by a writer or speaker; "a
         direct quotation"; "repeated their dialog verbatim" [syn:
         direct, verbatim]
      10: lacking compromising or mitigating elements; exact; "the
          direct opposite"
      v 1: command with authority; "He directed the children to do
           their homework"
      2: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed
         his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed
         at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not
         towards yourself" [syn: target, aim, place, direct,
         point]
      3: guide the actors in (plays and films)
      4: be in charge of
      5: take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can you
         take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to the
         palace" [syn: lead, take, direct, conduct, guide]
      6: cause to go somewhere; "The explosion sent the car flying in
         the air"; "She sent her children to camp"; "He directed all
         his energies into his dissertation" [syn: send, direct]
      7: point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as
         photographic equipment) towards; "Please don't aim at your
         little brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't
         train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's
         opponent" [syn: aim, take, train, take aim, direct]
      8: lead, as in the performance of a composition; "conduct an
         orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for
         years" [syn: conduct, lead, direct]
      9: give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction;
         "I directed them towards the town hall"
      10: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a
          certain public [syn: calculate, aim, direct]
      11: direct the course; determine the direction of travelling
          [syn: steer, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre,
          direct, point, head, guide, channelize,
          channelise]
      12: put an address on (an envelope) [syn: address, direct]
      13: plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded
          the robbery" [syn: mastermind, engineer, direct,
          organize, organise, orchestrate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  476 Moby Thesaurus words for "direct":
     Attic, Ciceronian, Spartan, address, address to, administer,
     administrate, advise, advocate, aim, aim at, allude to, apply,
     appoint, arrowlike, articulated, artless, ascetic, assign, austere,
     bald, bare, be master, be responsible for, beam, bend, bid, bluff,
     blunt, born yesterday, brief, bring to attention, bring to notice,
     broad, broaden the mind, brusque, buckle down, call attention to,
     call on, call the shots, call the signals, call upon, candid,
     captain, carry on, carry out, carry through, cast, catechize,
     categorical, catenated, ceaseless, chair, charge, chart a course,
     chaste, childlike, cite, civilize, classic, clean-cut, clear,
     clear as crystal, clear as day, clear-cut, close, coach, coherent,
     command, commission, common, commonplace, concatenated, cond,
     conduct, conduct to, confer, confiding, conn, connected,
     consistent, constant, consult with, contiguous, continual,
     continued, continuing, continuous, control, counsel, coxswain,
     crisp, crystal-clear, crystalline, cyclical, dead, dead ahead,
     dead straight, deal with, decide, declare, decree, define, defined,
     definite, delicate, demonstrate, determine, devote, dictate,
     diphyletic, direct attention to, direct to, directionize, directly,
     discipline, dispose, distinct, divert, dominate, downright, drive,
     dry, due, due north, dull, easy, edify, educate, elegant, endless,
     engineer, enjoin, enlighten, escort, even, exact, explicit,
     express, faithful, family, fasten, featureless, fine, finished,
     firsthand, fix, fix on, flat, focus, focus on, forthright, frank,
     frankhearted, free, free-speaking, free-spoken, free-tongued,
     gapless, genealogical, genuine, give, give an order,
     give instruction, give lessons in, give the word, govern, graceful,
     gracile, ground, guide, guileless, handle, have the conn, head,
     head up, heart-to-heart, helm, hold on, homely, homespun, honest,
     horizontal, illumine, immediate, in a beeline, in a line,
     in line with, inartificial, incessant, incline, inerrable,
     inerrant, infallible, inform, ingenu, ingenuous, innocent,
     instruct, interminable, irreversible, issue a command,
     issue a writ, joined, jointless, keep, kibitz, lay, lead, lead on,
     lead to, lean, level, level at, limpid, lineal, linear, linked,
     literally, literatim, loud and clear, lucid, luminous, mail,
     make go, make the rules, manage, mandate, maneuver, manipulate,
     mastermind, mathematical, matter-of-fact, meddle, mention,
     microscopic, monotonous, naive, native, natural, navigate, neat,
     never-ending, next, nice, nonstop, officer, one-way, open,
     open the eyes, openhearted, operate, ordain, order, order about,
     outright, outspoken, pellucid, perennial, perform on, periodic,
     perspicuous, phyletic, phylogenetic, pick out, pilot, pinpoint,
     plain, plain-speaking, plain-spoken, play, point, point at,
     point out, point out to, point the way, point to, point-blank,
     polished, post, practice, precise, prescribe, present,
     preside over, primary, proclaim, promulgate, pronounce, propose,
     prosaic, prosing, prosy, proximate, pull the strings, pure,
     put right, quarterback, recommend, rectilineal, rectilinear,
     recurrent, reeducate, refer to, refined, regulate, religious,
     religiously exact, repetitive, require, restrained, right, rigid,
     rigorous, round, round-the-clock, route, rule, ruler-straight, run,
     running, rustic, say the word, school, scientific,
     scientifically exact, seamless, see, see to, send, serried, set,
     set right, set straight, settle, severe, shape a course,
     sharpen the wits, shepherd, shortest, show, show how, show the way,
     sight on, simple, simple-speaking, simplehearted, simpleminded,
     sincere, single-hearted, single-minded, skipper, smooth, sober,
     spare, specify, square, stable, stand over, stark, steady, steer,
     straight, straight across, straight ahead, straight-cut,
     straight-front, straight-out, straight-side, straightaway,
     straightforward, straightforwards, straightly, straightway,
     streamlined, strict, submit, subtle, suggest, superintend,
     superscribe, supervise, tactless, take care of, take command,
     take the lead, tasteful, teach, teach a lesson,
     teach the rudiments, tell, terse, through, throw, to the point,
     touch on, train, train upon, translucent, transparent,
     transpicuous, trim, true, trustful, trusting, turn, turn upon,
     twenty-four-hour, unadorned, unaffected, unambiguous, unartificial,
     unassuming, unbending, unbent, unbowed, unbroken, unceasing,
     unchecked, unconcealed, unconfused, unconstrained, uncurved,
     undeflected, undeviating, undeviatingly, undifferentiated,
     undiplomatic, undisguised, undissembled, undistorted, unending,
     unequivocal, unerring, unfeigning, unguarded, unidirectional,
     uniform, unimaginative, uninhibited, unintermitted, unintermittent,
     unintermitting, uninterrupted, univocal, unlabored, unmistakable,
     unmitigated, unobstructed, unpoetical, unpretending, unpretentious,
     unqualified, unrelieved, unremitting, unreserved, unrestrained,
     unsophisticated, unstopped, unsuspicious, unswerving, unswervingly,
     unturned, unvarnished, unveeringly, unwary, upright, usher,
     vertical, warn, wear the pants, well-defined, wield authority,
     wield the baton, word for word, work
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DIRECT. Straight forward; not collateral. 
       2. The direct line of descents for example, is formed by a series of 
  degrees  between persons who descend one from another. Civ. Code of Lo. art. 
  886. 
  
  

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