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"direction" in British English

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directionnoun

uk   /daɪˈrek.ʃən/ /dɪˈrek.ʃən/  us   /daɪˈrek.ʃən/  /dɪˈrek.ʃən/
  • 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 ​particularplace: Can you give me directions toyourhouse? "Did you have any ​troublefinding the ​theatre?" "No, ​your directions were ​excellent."
sb's direction
B2 the ​area or ​position that someone is in: She ​keepslooking in my direction.
sense of direction
B2 the ​ability to ​findplaces or to ​know which direction to go: a goodsense of direction Which way is it? - I have no/a ​lousysense 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 ​orderstelling you what to do: I couldn't ​understand the directions on the ​packet. He will be giving/​issuing directions tojudges onsentencing 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 ​latestalbumrepresents 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"direction" in American English

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directionnoun

 us   /dəˈrek·ʃən, dɑɪ-/
  • direction noun (POSITION)

[C] the ​position toward which someone or something moves or ​faces: Cars were ​facing every direction after ​slamming into each other on the ​icyroad. I glanced in her direction (= toward her). You’re ​headed in the direction of (= toward) Toronto.
[pl] Directions are ​instructions about how to ​find the ​place you are ​looking for: We’re ​lost – let’s ​stop and ​ask (for) directions .
  • direction noun (CONTROL)

[U] the ​condition of being in ​charge or in ​control: Under her direction, the ​agencydoubled in ​size.
(Definition of direction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “direction”
in Arabic اتِّجاه…
in Korean 방향…
in Portuguese direção…
in Catalan direcció…
in Japanese 方向, 方角…
in Chinese (Simplified) 方向, 方向,朝向…
in Turkish yön, istikamet, doğrultu…
in Russian направление, путь развития, руководство…
in Chinese (Traditional) 方向, 方向,朝向…
in Italian direzione…
in Polish kierunek, strona, kierownictwo…
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