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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Recent Examples on the Web

Do the proponents believe that the bureaucracies producing these estimates will not be pressured to adjust them in various directions depending on which interests are being affected? Benjamin Zycher, National Review, "The Confusions of the ‘Conservative’ Carbon Tax," 8 July 2019 Follow signage and directions of flaggers when present. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Monday traffic: Sewer line work closes Hamilton Terrace to all traffic," 8 July 2019 The teller followed the directions and placed the money in the bag. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Man gives up on bank robbery in Clawson after seeing too many police cars," 7 July 2019 Ohio State and the University of Cincinnati picked up more local Division I football talent last week and a power trio at Winton Woods High School split in separate directions. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Elder, Lakota West, Winton Woods commits top Greater Cincinnati week in recruiting," 7 July 2019 Based on the direction the Pacers have been heading for the last week since the NBA free agency period opened, Sumner's development is of monumental importance. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Newly-extended Edmond Sumner's development a key component to Pacers' future," 6 July 2019 The band should be applauded for going its own way in a sea of potential damnation from all directions, but on strictly musical terms, everything Skillet does has been done to death already. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Skillet, Semisonic, more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 10," 6 July 2019 After working with them on research of Swedish folk traditions, as Aster sat down to write the script, he was drawn to take it in another direction following a tumultuous romantic break-up. Mark Olsen, chicagotribune.com, "Disturbed and confused by ‘Midsommar’? Let the filmmakers explain," 5 July 2019 The new direction also fits Kirkey’s culinary style. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Foxsister to close and become Italian-focused Great Gold," 5 July 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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The first known use of direction was in the 15th century

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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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