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direction

noun uk   /daɪˈrek.ʃən/ /dɪ-/ us  

direction noun (POSITION)

B1 [C] the position towards which someone or something moves or faces: "No, go that way," I said, pointing in the opposite direction. He was going in the direction of the bedroom. They drove away in opposite directions.Direction of motionPoints of the compass directions A2 [plural] instructions that you give to someone about how to find a particular place: Can you give me directions to your house? "Did you have any difficulty finding the theatre?" "No, your directions were excellent."Instructions and orders sb's direction B2 the area or position that someone is in: She keeps looking in my direction.General location and orientation sense of direction B2 the ability to find places or to know which direction to go: a good sense of direction Which way is it? - I have no/a lousy sense of direction!Places and locationsUnpleasant places

direction noun (CONTROL)

C1 [U] control or instruction: The project was under the direction of a well-known academic.Managing and organizingInstructions and orders directions C1 [plural] information or orders telling you what to do: I couldn't understand the directions on the packet. He will be giving/issuing directions to judges on sentencing in the next few days.Instructions and orders

direction noun (DEVELOPMENT)

C2 [C or U] the way that someone or something changes or develops: There is disagreement over the direction the project is taking. Her latest album represents a change of direction for her. This plan isn't perfect, but it's a step in the right direction.
(Definition of direction from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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