Definition of direction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



; dəˈrekʃn
; dɪˈrekʃn
; daɪˈrekʃn

where to

1 [countable, uncountable] the general position a person or thing moves or points towardsTom 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 in 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 [countable, uncountable] the general way in which a person or thing developsThe 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.

where from

3 [countable] the general position a person or thing comes or develops fromSupport came from an unexpected direction.Let us approach the subject from a different direction.


4 [uncountable] a purpose; an aimWe are looking for somebody with a clear sense of direction.Once again her life felt lacking in direction.


5 [countable, usually plural] instructions about how to do something, where to go, etcLet's stop and ask for directions.Simple directions for assembling the model are printed on the box.


6 [uncountable] the art of managing or guiding somebody/somethingAll work was produced by the students under the direction of John Williams.She was entrusted with the direction of the project.


7 [uncountable] the instructions given by somebody directing a film/movieThere is some clever direction and the film is very well shot.
pull in different/opposite directions at pull v.