Execute vs Direct - What's the difference?

execute | direct |

As verbs the difference between execute and direct

is that execute is while direct is to manage, control, steer.

As an adjective direct is

straight, constant, without interruption.

As an adverb direct is





  • To kill as punishment for capital crimes.
  • There are certain states where it is lawful to execute prisoners convicted of certain crimes.
  • To carry out; to put into effect.
  • Your orders have been executed , sir!
    I'll execute your orders as soon as this meeting is adjourned.
  • * Milton
  • Why delays / His hand to execute what his decree / Fixed on this day?
  • To perform.
  • to execute a difficult piece of music brilliantly
    to execute a turn in ballet
  • To cause to become legally valid; as, to execute a contract.
  • (computing) To start, launch or run; as, to execute a program.
  • Synonyms

    * (computing) start, launch, run, open




  • Straight, constant, without interruption.
  • Straight; not crooked, oblique, or circuitous; leading by the short or shortest way to a point or end.
  • the most direct route between two buildings
  • Straightforward; sincere.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Be even and direct with me.
  • Immediate; express; plain; unambiguous.
  • * John Locke
  • He nowhere, that I know, says it in direct words.
  • * Hallam
  • a direct and avowed interference with elections
  • In the line of descent; not collateral.
  • a descendant in the direct line
  • (astronomy) 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.
  • Antonyms

    * indirect

    Derived terms

    * direct action * direct current * direct flight * direct initiative * direct object * direct quote


    (en adverb)
  • Directly.
  • * 2009 , Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall , Fourth Estate 2010, p. 346:
  • Presumably Mary is to carry messages that she, Anne, is too delicate to convey direct .


    (en verb)
  • To manage, control, steer.
  • to direct the affairs of a nation or the movements of an army
  • To aim (something) at (something else).
  • They directed their fire towards the men on the wall.
    He directed his question to the room in general.
  • To point out or show to (somebody) the right course or way; to guide, as by pointing out the way.
  • He directed me to the left-hand road.
  • * Lubbock
  • the next points to which I will direct your attention
  • To point out to with authority; to instruct as a superior; to order.
  • She directed them to leave immediately.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I'll first direct my men what they shall do.
  • (dated) To put a direction or address upon; to mark with the name and residence of the person to whom anything is sent.
  • to direct a letter


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