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Definition of direction noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//daɪˈrɛkʃn//
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    where to
  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the general position a person or thing moves or points toward Tom went off in the direction of home. She glanced in his direction. The aircraft was flying in a northerly direction. The road was blocked in both directions. They hit a truck coming from the opposite direction. Has the wind changed direction? When the police arrived, the crowd scattered in all directions. I lost all sense of direction (= I didn't know which way to go).
  2. development
  3. 2[countable, uncountable] the general way in which a person or thing develops The exhibition provides evidence of several new directions in her work. I am very unhappy with the direction the club is taking. It's only a small improvement, but at least it's a step in the right direction.
  4. where from
  5. 3[countable] the general position a person or thing comes or develops from Support came from an unexpected direction. Let us approach the subject from a different direction.
  6. purpose
  7. 4[uncountable] a purpose; an aim We are looking for somebody with a clear sense of direction. Once again her life felt lacking in direction.
  8. instructions
  9. 5[countable, usually plural] instructions about how to do something, where to go, etc. Let's stop and ask for directions. Simple directions for assembling the model are printed on the box.
  10. control
  11. 6[uncountable] the art of managing or guiding someone or something All work was produced by the students under the direction ofJohn Williams. She was entrusted with the direction of the project.
  12. movie
  13. 7[uncountable] the instructions given by someone directing a movie There is some clever direction and the film is very well shot.
  14. Idioms
    pull in different/opposite directions
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    to have different aims that cannot be achieved together without causing problems
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: direction

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