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"Directorio" is a noun which is often translated as "board of directors", and "directiva" is a noun which is often translated as "directive". Learn more about the difference between "directorio" and "directiva" below.
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (governing body)
a. board of directors
El directorio decidió hacer recortes de personal y despedió a diez personas.The board of directors decided to make staff cutbacks and fired ten employees.
b. directors (plural)
Las medidas tomadas por el directorio aumentaron los beneficios de la empresa.The measures taken by the directors increased the company's profits.
2. (computing)
a. directory
Encontré en el directorio de mi computadora una carpeta que yo no había creado.I found a folder I had not created in my computer's directory.
3. (phone book)
Regionalism used in the Caribbean: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico
(Caribbean)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. telephone directory
Busqué el teléfono de Luis en el directorio y lo llamé.I looked up Luis's phone number in the telephone directory and called him.
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directiva
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (legal)
a. directive
El método de control fue modificado por las directivas del Consejo de 1983.The control method was modified by the Council directives of 1983.
2. (governing body)
a. board
La directiva de la empresa dimitió porque toda la plantilla se puso en huelga.The company's board resigned because all the staff went on strike.
b. board of directors
La directiva decidió despedir a aquellos que no cumplan los horarios.The board of directors decided to lay off those who don't comply with the fixed working hours.
c. executive committee
La directiva no aceptó la dimisión del presidente.The executive committee didn't accept the chairman's resignation.
d. leadership
La directiva del partido estaba formada por un presidente, un vicepresidente, un tesorero y cinco vocales.The party's leadership was formed by a president, a vice-president, a treasurer, and five members.
3. (rule)
a. guideline
Las directivas de seguridad describen los pasos que deben seguirse en caso de emergencia.The safety guidelines illustrate the steps to be taken in case of emergency.
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