Meaning of “direction” in the English Dictionary

"direction" in British English

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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 ]

More examples

  • I think the sensible thing to do is phone before you go and ask for directions.
  • Why don't you just stop somewhere and ask for directions?
  • You gave us very clear directions.
  • I gave her very explicit directions how to get here.
  • He gave me directions to his house, but I found them rather confusing.

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!

More examples

  • We felt the plane bank steeply as it changed direction.
  • Why will supermarket trolleys never move in the direction that you push them in?
  • I was waving my hand madly but he never once looked in my direction.
  • When he asked where the children were, she gestured vaguely in the direction of the beach.
  • From the top, we could see for miles in every direction.

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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"direction" in American English

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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 icy road.
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 agency doubled in size.

(Definition of “direction” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)