direct etymology

English word direct comes from Proto-Indo-European *rog-, Latin dis-, and later Latin rego (I guide, steer. I oversee, manage. I rule, govern.)

Detailed word origin of direct

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*rog- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
dis- Latin (lat) Asunder, apart, in two. Reversal, removal. Utterly, exceedingly.
rego Latin (lat) I guide, steer. I oversee, manage. I rule, govern.
dirigo Latin (lat) I direct, steer. I distribute, scatter. I lay straight; arrange in lines (especially in military contexts).
direct English (eng) Directly. (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.. (aviation, travel) having a single flight number.. (political science) Pertaining to, or effected immediately by, action of the people through their votes instead of through one or more representatives or delegates.. [...]

Words with the same origin as direct

Descendants of *rog-
arrogance arrogant interrogate interrogation surrogate
Descendants of dis-
address debate defeat delay dessert difference different difficult dinner direction director disagree disappear discipline discover discuss disguise display distance distant district dress dressed dressing