Definition of directive noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dəˈrektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//dəˈrektɪv//
; BrE BrE//ˈrektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrektɪv//
; BrE BrE//daɪˈrektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//daɪˈrektɪv//
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an official instruction The EU has issued a new set of directives on pollution. Word Originlate Middle English (as an adjective): from medieval Latin directivus, from direct- ‘guided, put straight’, from the verb dirigere, from di- ‘distinctly’ or de- ‘down’ + regere ‘put straight’.Extra examples All companies must comply with the new directive. Don’t start anything without a clear directive from management. Private health services will be allowed under the directive. The EU issued a new drinking water directive. The book offers no specific directives for what the reader should do. The directive requires member states to designate sites of special scientific interest. The proposals are contained in a European directive on wild birds. They acted in accordance with the latest directive from Brussels. They said they didn’t receive any directives from the White House or the Pentagon. You can spell out your preferences in an advance directive, so that your family and doctors know what you want. a directive from the European Commission a directive on data protection a new set of directives for the security team
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