Definition of direction in English:

direction

Line breaks: dir|ec¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈrɛkʃ(ə)n
 
, dʌɪ-/

noun

  • 1A course along which someone or something moves: she set off in the opposite direction [mass noun]: he had a terrible sense of direction
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    • 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 which must be taken in order to reach a destination: the village is over the moors in a northerly 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
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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; a trend or tendency: new directions in painting and architecture any dialogue between them is a step in the right direction
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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, disposition; drift, aim, tack, attitude, tone, tenor, mood, feel, style, flavour, vein; current, trend
  • 1.4 [mass noun] General 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.

Phrases

sense of direction

A person’s ability to know without explicit guidance the direction in which they are or should be moving.
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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