What is the correct pronunciation of direct? I found two different pronunciations. Probably both of them are true, but what, if anything, is the difference?
dɪˈrekt (di-rect, pronounced with a short vowel sound i) and
dʌɪ-rekt (d'EYE-rect, pronounced with a long vowel sound I) don't correspond to different meanings of the word "direct". They're both correct, and can be used interchangeably for the multiple meanings of "direct" depending on a person's preference or on regional difference.
The difference in pronunciation comes from something known as the "Great Vowel Shift" which happened from the 14th century to the 16th century and gave significant changes to vowel sounds such as I>U and E>O
"direct" became "durect" so the difference is that the latter is more modern way to pronounce the word.