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"Dirigir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to manage", and "dirigirse" is a pronominal verb which is often translated as "to walk toward". Learn more about the difference between "dirigir" and "dirigirse" below.
dirigir(
dee
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ree
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heer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be in charge of)
a. to manage (business)
No le gusta mucho dirigir el hotel; preferiría trabajar en un restaurante.She doesn't really like managing the hotel; she'd prefer to work in a restaurant.
b. to run (business)
Mi papá dirige su propia empresa de productos orgánicos.My father runs his own organic goods business.
c. to lead (organization)
Eso ocurrió cuando Barack Obama dirigía a los demócratas.That happened when Barack Obama was leading the Democrats.
2. (to guide)
a. to direct
Realmente necesitan alguien que dirija el tráfico en ese paso de peatones.They really need someone to direct traffic at that pedestrian crossing.
3. (to oversee)
a. to direct (film, show)
Alfonso Cuarón ganó un Oscar por dirigir "Gravity".Alfonso Cuarón won an Oscar for directing "Gravity."
b. to conduct (musical group)
Dirige la orquesta que toca los domingos en la plaza central.He conducts the orchestra that plays in the central square on Sundays.
c. to supervise (thesis)
Ella me dirigió la tesis de doctorado.She supervised my PhD thesis.
4. (to guide a vehicle)
a. to steer (car, ship)
Dirige el coche hacia la derecha; viene una ambulancia.Steer the car toward the right; an ambulance is coming.
El capitán dirigió el buque hacia el faro.The captain steered the ship toward the lighthouse.
5. (to write an address)
a. to address
Necesito dirigir esta carta a la chica que conocimos en Bolivia. ¿Sabes su dirección?I need to address this letter to the girl we met in Bolivia. Do you know her address?
6. (to aim)
a. to direct
Dirigió la mirada hacia la foto de su querido abuelo difunto.She directed her gaze towards the photo of her dear, departed grandfather.
dirigirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (to move towards)
a. to walk toward
El protagonista se dirigió hacia la estación sin alentar su paso.The protagonist walked toward the station without slowing down.
8. (to talk to)
a. to address
Perdón, ¿a quién te diriges?Excuse me, whom are you addressing?
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dirigirse(
dee
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ree
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heer
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seh
)
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to move towards)
a. to walk toward
El protagonista se dirigió hacia la estación sin alentar su paso.The protagonist walked toward the station without slowing down.
2. (to talk to)
a. to address
Perdón, ¿a quién te diriges?Excuse me, whom are you addressing?
dirigir
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to be in charge of)
a. to manage (business)
No le gusta mucho dirigir el hotel; preferiría trabajar en un restaurante.She doesn't really like managing the hotel; she'd prefer to work in a restaurant.
b. to run (business)
Mi papá dirige su propia empresa de productos orgánicos.My father runs his own organic goods business.
c. to lead (organization)
Eso ocurrió cuando Barack Obama dirigía a los demócratas.That happened when Barack Obama was leading the Democrats.
4. (to guide)
a. to direct
Realmente necesitan alguien que dirija el tráfico en ese paso de peatones.They really need someone to direct traffic at that pedestrian crossing.
5. (to oversee)
a. to direct (film, show)
Alfonso Cuarón ganó un Oscar por dirigir "Gravity".Alfonso Cuarón won an Oscar for directing "Gravity."
b. to conduct (musical group)
Dirige la orquesta que toca los domingos en la plaza central.He conducts the orchestra that plays in the central square on Sundays.
c. to supervise (thesis)
Ella me dirigió la tesis de doctorado.She supervised my PhD thesis.
6. (to guide a vehicle)
a. to steer (car, ship)
Dirige el coche hacia la derecha; viene una ambulancia.Steer the car toward the right; an ambulance is coming.
El capitán dirigió el buque hacia el faro.The captain steered the ship toward the lighthouse.
7. (to write an address)
a. to address
Necesito dirigir esta carta a la chica que conocimos en Bolivia. ¿Sabes su dirección?I need to address this letter to the girl we met in Bolivia. Do you know her address?
8. (to aim)
a. to direct
Dirigió la mirada hacia la foto de su querido abuelo difunto.She directed her gaze towards the photo of her dear, departed grandfather.
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