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 directionless (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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In fact, slowdown risks may be fading already, as recent data pointed in a healthier direction for China and the U.S., the dominant forces in the global economy. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "A Growth Surprise Could Shock Markets," 8 Apr. 2019 Just a light touch is needed Choosing an undereye powder may be straightforward, but application takes some direction. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Why Undereye Brightening Powders Are the Pro-Recommended Key to Looking More Awake," 28 Mar. 2019 Everyone expects a high heel for this theme, so go the other direction. Hannah Miller, Seventeen, "How to Spice Up Your Prom Look For Any and Every Theme Imaginable," 27 Mar. 2019 It was rumored that the Duchess, with an estimated due date of late April, had chosen to take a different direction to her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, and her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "This Hint Suggests Meghan Markle May Give Birth in the Lindo Wing After All," 4 Feb. 2019 The move reportedly came following direction from top authorities. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "North Korea moves 3 detained Americans to hotel, reports say; Trump says 'Stay tuned!'," 2 Oct. 2018 Unlike working on a solo release, this single required the pair to agree on a direction. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross Release New Single “Phases”," 22 Mar. 2019 In tweets earlier in the day, Trump took to Twitter to approach the immigration furor from a different direction. Fox News, "Thousands rally nationwide for illegal immigrant families separated at border," 2 Oct. 2018 Even when roaming the grounds, artists took festival garb in surprising new directions. Vogue, "From Virgil Abloh to Jaden Smith, Here’s the Best Alternative Style at Coachella So Far," 15 Apr. 2019

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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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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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