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English definition of “direction”

direction

noun
 
 
/dɪˈrekʃən/
WAY [C] B1 the way that someone or something is going or facing: The car sped away in the direction of the airport. I think we're going in the wrong direction.Direction of motionPoints of the compass
in sb's direction B2 towards someone: She keeps looking in my direction.Direction of motionPoints of the compassDescribing movement towards
DEVELOPMENT [C] the way that someone or something changes or develops: Our careers have gone in very different directions.Making progress and advancingBecoming better
CONTROL [U] control or instructions: Under his direction the company has doubled its profits.Controlling and being in chargeInstructions and orders
PURPOSE [U] the ability to know what you want to do: According to his teachers, he lacks direction.Goals and purposes
(Definition of direction from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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