direction

noun
di·​rec·​tion | \ də-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce direction (audio) , dī- \

Definition of direction

1 : guidance or supervision of action or conduct : management working under the direction of the doctor
2 archaic : the address placed on the outside of a letter or package to be delivered : superscription
3a : an explicit instruction : order carefully read the directions follow directions
b : assistance in pointing out the proper route usually used in plural asked for directions to the beach
4 : the line or course on which something is moving or is aimed to move or along which something is pointing or facing came from the opposite direction walking in the same direction
5 archaic : directorate sense 1
6a : a channel or direct course of thought or action deciding which direction to take as a writer
c : a guiding, governing, or motivating purpose His life lacked direction.
7a : the art and technique of supervising the production of a show or performance : the art and technique of directing an orchestra, band, or a show (as for stage or screen)
b music : a word, phrase, or sign indicating the appropriate tempo, mood, or intensity of a passage (see passage entry 1 sense 6b) or movement (see movement sense 4c)

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Other Words from direction

directionless \ də-​ˈrek-​shən-​ləs How to pronounce direction (audio) \ adjective
directionlessness noun

Examples of direction in a Sentence

The army attacked from three different directions. Down the road, he could see a bus coming from the opposite direction. The wind changed direction and started blowing in our faces. Carefully read the directions before you begin the test. Directions appear on the package. We had to stop to ask for directions to the beach. Excuse me. Could you please give me directions to the movie theater? He was put in charge and given overall direction of the program. Twenty-three employees work under her direction. Several nurses working under the direction of this doctor have made complaints.
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Recent Examples on the Web To go from that to having Price and his institute come to campus felt like the seminary was going in a refreshing new direction, Young said. BostonGlobe.com, 18 July 2021 Except this is all happening as climate politics seem to be undergoing a rapid and significant shift in many places, and not in the direction environmental activists hoped. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 15 July 2021 But give children too much and the balance swings in the other direction. John Bonifield, CNN, 15 July 2021 The man told police that three men riding on dirt bikes were traveling in the same direction and began to shoot at his car, according to the New York Police Department. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 15 July 2021 Meanwhile, the Reds were under a new direction as Bob Howsam stepped in as general manager after the franchise struggled to return to the World Series following their 1961 NL pennant. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, 14 July 2021 Working in the same direction, gently fold back the strips that were not folded back the first time. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 Webb’s commitment could be one of the more impactful in recent years, with the potential to send major targets in the other direction, or point them directly to the Buckeye State. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, 12 July 2021 The man’s vehicle then swerved back onto the highway and was hit by a pickup truck traveling in the same direction, Montes said. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, 11 July 2021

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First Known Use of direction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for direction

see direct entry 1

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The first known use of direction was in the 15th century

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21 Jul 2021

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“Direction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/direction. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for direction

direction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of direction

: the course or path on which something is moving or pointing
: a statement that tells a person what to do and how to do it : an order or instruction
: instructions that tell you how to go to a place

direction

noun
di·​rec·​tion | \ də-ˈrek-shən How to pronounce direction (audio) , dī- \

Kids Definition of direction

1 : the path along which something moves, lies, or points I'm coming from the opposite direction.
2 : an order or instruction to be followed Read the directions first.
3 : instructions on how to get somewhere
4 : supervision, management He took over direction of the project.

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