to tell or show somebody how to get to somewhere or where to go:
Could you direct me to the station?; A police officer was directing the traffic.
SYNONYMS take lead • escort • drive • show • guide • usher • direct
All these words mean to go with somebody from one place to another.
take to go with somebody from one place to another, for example in order to show them something or to show them the way to a place: It’s too far to walk—I’ll take you by car. lead to go with or go in front of somebody in order to show them the way or to make them go in the right direction: Firefighters led the survivors to safety. escort to go with somebody in order to protect or guard them or to show them the way: The president arrived, escorted by twelve bodyguards. drive to take somebody somewhere in a car, taxi, et cetera: My mother drove us to the airport. show to take somebody to a particular place, in the right direction, or along the correct route: The attendant showed us to our seats. guide to show somebody the way to a place, often by going with them; to show somebody a place that you know well: She guided us through the busy streets; We were guided around the museums. usher (rather formal) to politely take or show somebody where they should go, especially within a building: She ushered her guests to their seats. direct (rather formal) to tell or show somebody how to get somewhere or where to go: A young woman directed them to the station.
PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS • to take/lead/escort/drive/show/guide/usher/direct somebody to/out of/into something • to take/lead/escort/drive/show/guide somebody around/ round • to take/lead/escort/drive somebody home • to take/lead/escort/guide somebody to safety • to lead/show the way