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1a course along which someone or something moves:she set off in the opposite direction the storm was expected to take a more northwesterly direction the course that must be taken in order to reach a destination:he had a terrible sense of direction a point to or from which a person or thing moves or faces:a house with views in all directions figurativesupport came from an unexpected direction a general way in which someone or something is developing:new directions in painting and architecture any dialogue between them is a step in the right direction it is time to change direction and find a new job general aim or purpose:the campaign’s lack of direction
2the management or guidance of someone or something:under his direction, the college has developed an international reputation the work of supervising and controlling the actors and other staff in a movie, play, or other production.
) instructions on how to reach a destination or about how to do something:Preston gave him directions to a restaurant directions for making puff pastry
an authoritative order or command:to suggest that members of Congress would take direction on how to vote is an affront