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direction

noun uk   us   /daɪˈrek.ʃən/ /dɪ-/

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.directions A2 [plural]
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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 trouble finding the theatre?" "No, your directions were excellent."
sb's direction B2 the area or position that someone is in: She keeps looking in my direction.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!
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direction noun (CONTROL)

C1 [U] control or instruction: The project was under the direction of a well-known academic.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.

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.
Translations of “direction”
in Korean 방향…
in Arabic اتِّجاه…
in Portuguese direção…
in Catalan direcció…
in Japanese 方向, 方角…
in Italian direzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 方向, 方向,朝向…
in Russian направление, путь развития, руководство…
in Turkish yön, istikamet, doğrultu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 方向, 方向,朝向…
in Polish kierunek, strona, kierownictwo…
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