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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 © 2017
di•rec•tion  (di rekshən, dī-),USA pronunciation n. 
  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;
    control;
    guidance;
    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.
di•rection•less, adj. 
  • Latin dīrēctiōn- (stem of dīrēctiō) arranging in line, straightening. See direct, -ion
  • Middle French)
  • late Middle English direccioun ( 1375–1425
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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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