Direct and Tell


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Direct verb – To issue orders to (someone) by right of authority.
Usage example: our tour guide directed us to wait in front of the building until she could rejoin us

Tell is a synonym for direct in instruct topic. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Direct", when it comes to topics like over, teach.
Nearby Words: direction, directed, directly, directing, directness
Synonyms for Direct


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Tell verb – To issue orders to (someone) by right of authority.
Usage example: told us to sit still and wait

Direct is a synonym for tell in communicate topic. You can use "Direct" instead a verb "Tell", if it concerns topics such as instruct, over.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

man direct man tell man
people direct people tell people
rest direct rest tell rest
time direct time tell time
Other nouns: story, player, times.

Both words in one sentence

  • Fan Fic / Fantasy Kaleidoscope Sakuya only appears to tell Reimu to go deal with the incident, instead of taking a direct role in events like she does in the game.
  • Western Animation / Barbie & The Diamond Castle In this direct-to-DVD movie of 2008, Barbie and Teresa tell Stacie the story of two best friends, Liana and Alexa.
  • Production Posse Michael K.: [on Fidel Castro biopic] A director hasn’t signed on yet, but, bitch, please, a dried turnip could tell you who’s going to direct this.
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