Definition of “direction” - 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 ]

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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 (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)