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From Proto-Italic *dwizrektos, perfect passive participle of dīrigō (lay straight; direct; distribute).


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /diːˈreːk.tus/, [d̪iːˈreːkt̪ʊs̠]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /diˈrek.tus/, [d̪iˈrɛkt̪us]
  • (file)


dīrēctus (feminine dīrēcta, neuter dīrēctum); first/second-declension participle

  1. laid straight, arranged in lines, having been arranged in lines
  2. (by extension) direct, straight; level; upright
  3. directed, steered, having been directed
  4. distributed, scattered, having been distributed


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative dīrēctus dīrēcta dīrēctum dīrēctī dīrēctae dīrēcta
Genitive dīrēctī dīrēctae dīrēctī dīrēctōrum dīrēctārum dīrēctōrum
Dative dīrēctō dīrēctō dīrēctīs
Accusative dīrēctum dīrēctam dīrēctum dīrēctōs dīrēctās dīrēcta
Ablative dīrēctō dīrēctā dīrēctō dīrēctīs
Vocative dīrēcte dīrēcta dīrēctum dīrēctī dīrēctae dīrēcta



  • directus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • directus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • directus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • in a straight line: recta (regione, via); in directum