When the word "direct" is used as a verb, it means that a person or a thing manages, indicates, instructs, or shows the way to someone:

  • A police officer directs traffic.
  • Signs and signals also direct traffic.
  • Managers of businesses direct employees to complete tasks.
  • A director directs an organization. He or she is in charge.
  • A film director directs the actors and actresses who perform in a film.
  • A theater director directs the actors and actresses who appear in a play.
  • I asked a person standing on the sidewalk to direct me to the closest, best place for pizza.

police officer directing traffic She’s directing traffic.

The word "direct" can also be used as an adjective when something is straight ahead, straightforward, honest, or factual:

  • Our supervisor has a direct manner of speaking with this employees.
  • He’s very direct.
  • Sometimes you have to be direct.
  • It’s very common for people to have direct deposit set up for a bank account.
  • We have a direct flight from New York to London.
  • When studying English, do you know what a direct object is?

When the word "directly" is used as an adverb, it means that something is immediate, first, or right in front of you.

  • There’s something directly in front of you.
  • Wisconsin is directly north of Illinois.
  • We’re traveling directly south.
  • Your mouth is directly below your nose.
  • The money for a bank account may be directly deposited.

The word "direction" is a noun.

  • We need to get some directions.
  • Did you follow the directions?
  • Your phone can give your directions.

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March 8, 2019