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direction

Syllabification: di·rec·tion
Pronunciation: /dəˈrekSH(ə)n
 
, dīˈrekSH(ə)n
 
/

Definition of direction in English:

noun

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
More example sentences
  • The route heads in a north-westerly direction running a corridor along the western side of the Oakpark halting site.
  • From there the route heads in a north-westerly direction running along the western side of the Oakpark halting site.
  • Should traffic travel in the opposite direction along certain roads?
1.1The course that must be taken in order to reach a destination: he had a terrible sense of direction
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  • Letter writers, like Julia Baird, travel in many different directions to reach their destinations
  • When she reached the directions ' destination, she was shocked.
  • But it is I myself who must get there, even though I have the directions and destination down.
Synonyms
way, route, course, line, run, bearing, orientation
1.2A point to or from which a person or thing moves or faces: a house with views in all directions figurative support came from an unexpected direction
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  • Like the other farmsteads hereabouts, it is protected on three sides by trees and is only open to the views in a direction a little east of south.
  • Turning your legs and feet while keeping your torso facing a different direction is a hard thing to learn.
  • A cold front slowly moved through central Florida today changing the wind direction somewhat from west to west northwest.
1.3A 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
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  • Some trends may be apparent but other changes may occur which may contradict the general direction of the trend.
  • The trend indicates the general tendency or direction over the long-term.
  • A seemingly prolibertarian procedural rule may thus lead the law to develop in antilibertarian substantive directions.
Synonyms
orientation, inclination, leaning, tendency, bent, bias, preference;
drift, tack, attitude, tone, tenor, mood, current, trend
1.4General aim or purpose: the campaign’s lack of direction
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  • Such lack of purpose and direction is not in the national interest.
  • The US forces might lack purpose or direction but there are plenty of both to the insurgents' attacks.
  • Leadership, he said, influences people by providing purpose, direction and motivation.
2The management or guidance of someone or something: under his direction, the college has developed an international reputation
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  • This tradition stretches back many years and probably started under the guidance and direction of the late Dermot Burke.
  • Because there's been no direction, no guidance, they've gone into crime.
  • He was the complainant's father, one whom she loved and respected and one whom she looked to for direction and guidance.
Synonyms
2.1The work of supervising and controlling the actors and other staff in a movie, play, or other production.
Example sentences
  • However, the actors and direction are very impressive, and there's some snappy, witty dialogue.
  • His pace is quirky and his direction of the actors inventive.
  • What he does bring to his direction is an actor's flair for bringing out the best in his cast.
2.2 (directions) 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
More example sentences
  • The manufacturer's directions were followed while performing the test.
  • Read the entire label before use and carefully follow the labeled directions for use.
  • Give one direction at a time during the procedure to help your child if needed.
Synonyms
instruction, order, command, prescription, rule, regulation, requirement
2.3An authoritative order or command: to suggest that members of Congress would take direction on how to vote is an affront
More example sentences
  • Having regard to the views of this Court in Cowan, we consider that it is desirable that a direction along the lines indicated above should be given.
  • Mr Owens must also follow the directions of the probation officer on what course is deemed necessary.
  • The Secretary of State has issued directions under section 32.

Origin

late Middle English (sense 2): from Latin directio(n-), from the verb dirigere (see direct).

Phrases

sense of direction

1
A person’s ability to know without explicit guidance the direction in which they are or should be moving.
Example sentences
  • In fact maps would be of little use to someone who lacked altogether a sense of direction; we need a sense of direction even to find our way around the map and then to orient the map to our immediate environment.
  • She said: ‘I felt it lacked a sense of direction and focus.’
  • There were thousands and thousands of people out in Liverpool and as we staggered around early Sunday morning at 3am looking for a taxi, I was cursing this fact almost as much as Dean and Jon's lack of a sense of direction.

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