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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
di•rec•tion /dɪˈrɛkʃən, daɪ-/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. an act or instance of directing[uncountable]working with a minimum of direction.
  2. the line along which anything lies, faces, or moves, with reference to the point or region toward which it is directed: [countable]We wandered off in the wrong direction. The direction is north. We headed out in several directions at once.[uncountable]I have a bad sense of direction.
  3. a line of thought or action or a tendency or inclination[countable]the direction of contemporary thought.
  4. Usually,directions. [plural] instructions or guidance:confusing directions for assembling the furniture.
  5. management; control;
    supervision[uncountable]Under his direction the company's profits soared.
  6. Show Business the technique, art, or business of a stage or film director or of a musical conductor giving instructions [uncountable]Under her direction the orchestra played several pieces beautifully.
  7. a purpose or guiding orientation; focus[uncountable]He seems to lack direction in his life.
di•rec•tion•al, adj. [before a noun]: I turned on the car's right directional signal.See -rect-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
di•rec•tion  (di rekshən, dī-), 
  1. the act or an instance of directing.
  2. the line along which anything lies, faces, moves, etc., with reference to the point or region toward which it is directed:The storm moved in a northerly direction.
  3. the point or region itself:The direction is north.
  4. a position on a line extending from a specific point toward a point of the compass or toward the nadir or the zenith.
  5. a line of thought or action or a tendency or inclination:the direction of contemporary thought.
  6. Usually,directions. instruction or guidance for making, using, etc.:directions for baking a cake.
  7. order; command.
  8. management;
    supervision:a company under good direction.
  9. a directorate.
  10. the name and address of the intended recipient as written on a letter, package, etc.
  11. decisions in a stage or film production as to stage business, speaking of lines, lighting, and general presentation.
  12. the technique, act, or business of making such decisions, managing and training a cast of actors, etc.
  13. the technique, act, or business of directing an orchestra, concert, or other musical presentation or group.
  14. [Music.]a symbol or phrase that indicates in a score the proper tempo, style of performance, mood, etc.
  15. a purpose or orientation toward a goal that serves to guide or motivate;
    focus:He doesn't seem to have any direction in life.
  • Latin dīrēctiōn- (stem of dīrēctiō) arranging in line, straightening. See direct, -ion
  • Middle French)
  • late Middle English direccioun ( 1375–1425
di•rection•less, adj. 
5 . See tendency. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

direction /dɪˈrɛkʃən daɪ-/ n
  1. the act of directing or the state of being directed
  2. management, control, or guidance
  3. the work of a stage or film director
  4. the course or line along which a person or thing moves, points, or lies
  5. the place towards which a person or thing is directed
  6. a line of action; course
  7. the name and address on a letter, parcel, etc
  8. the process of conducting an orchestra, choir, etc
  9. an instruction in the form of a word or symbol heading or occurring in the body of a passage, movement, or piece to indicate tempo, dynamics, mood, etc

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