• (RP) IPA: /ˌɪndaɪˈɹɛkt/, /ˌɪndɪˈɹɛkt/
  • (GA, Canada) IPA: /ˌɪndəˈɹɛkt/, /ˌɪndaɪˈɹɛkt/


  1. Not direct; roundabout.
    • Indirect messages permit communicative contacts when, without them, the alternatives would be total inhibition, silence, and solitude on the one hand, or, on the other, communicative behavior that is direct, offensive, and hence forbidden. This is a painful choice. In actual practice, neither alternative is likely to result in the gratification of personal or sexual needs. In this dilemma, indirect communications provide a useful compromise. As an early move in the dating game, the young man might invite the young woman to dinner or to the movies.
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indirect (plural indirects)

  1. (finance) An indirect cost.
    • 2010, Anna M. Gil-Lafuente and José M. Merigó (editos), Computational Intelligence in Business and Economics
      Gradually analytical thinking was taking a greater awareness of the importance it took for all the investigation system of the possible identification or traceability of fixed costs and, in general, of the indirects of other times.

indirect (indirects, present participle indirecting; past and past participle indirected)

  1. (programming, transitive) To access by means of indirection; to dereference.
    • 1997, Cay S. Horstmann, Practical Object-Oriented Development in C++ and Java (page 385)
      The X operations access the data fields by indirecting through the _rep pointer.
    • 2012, Geerd-R. Hoffmann, ‎Dimitris K. Maretis, The Dawn of Massively Parallel Processing in Meteorology
      These correspond to an indirected parallel write and an indirected parallel read operation respectively.

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