1. advise someone on a particular route or course of action
give directions to a colleague/motorist
To ‘give directions’ can mean to advise someone as to which route to take to arrive at a particular place. “Can you give me directions to the theatre from here?” To give directions can also mean to give a series of commands. “I will be out of the office tomorrow but I have given directions to my team on what to prioritize.” ‘Directions’ can also refer to the advice given by someone “The doctor gave directions to rest for a few days.” “The only directions I can give you are to sit down with your partner and see if you can sort things out.” You will hear this phrasal verb used both in social and professional contexts.