Meaning of INDIRECT in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ɪndaɪrekt, -dɪr- ]


An indirect result or effect is not caused immediately and obviously by a thing or person, but happens because of something else that they have done.

Businesses are feeling the indirect effects from the recession that’s going on elsewhere...

≠ direct

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• in‧di‧rect‧ly

Drugs are indirectly responsible for the violence...

ADV : usu ADV adj , ADV with v , also ADV with cl


An indirect route or journey does not use the shortest or easiest way between two places.

The goods went by a rather indirect route.

≠ direct



Indirect remarks and information suggest something or refer to it, without actually mentioning it or stating it clearly.

His remarks amounted to an indirect appeal for economic aid...


• in‧di‧rect‧ly

He referred indirectly to the territorial dispute.

ADV : ADV with v

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