✅ Direct is the best word to refer to giving instructions, explanations, or advice (Take this medicine as directed by a physician).
✅ Order is the best word to use to suggest that instructions are being given by a person in a position of authority and carry more force (The captain ordered them to leave immediately).
✅ While direct and order can mean the same thing, direct emphasizes getting something done, where order emphasizes authority and hierarchy (She directed me to fix the radio; We were ordered to fix it).
✅ Order implies that someone might get in trouble if they don’t follow instructions (She was always ordering her little sister around).
Let us direct you to take a look at these synonyms for order.