Meaning of DIRECTION in English

DIRECTION

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1. the direction in which someone or something is moving, aimed etc

2. ways of asking about direction

3. to tell someone the way to a place

4. the ability to guess or find the right direction

RELATED WORDS

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↑ WAY

↑ ROAD/PATH

↑ ROAD/PATH

↑ TRAVEL

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1. the direction in which someone or something is moving, aimed etc

▷ direction /dɪˈrekʃ ə n, dəˈrekʃ ə n, daɪ-/ [countable noun]

▪ The moons all move around the planet in the same direction.

▪ Frightened by the sound of footsteps, the rabbits ran off in all directions.

in somebody’s direction

towards someone

▪ I was hoping he wouldn’t look in our direction and notice us sitting there.

in the direction of something

towards something

▪ The two young men headed off in the direction of Central Park.

from the direction of something

from something

▪ The sound of shots came from the direction of the compound, a quarter of a mile away.

in the right/wrong direction

▪ We’re going in the right direction now - I can see the main road up ahead.

in the opposite direction

▪ Bill marched off angrily in the opposite direction.

from opposite directions

▪ Tornadoes usually form when rising warm, moist air rotates, as winds from opposite directions collide.

in a southerly/easterly etc direction

▪ The plane was traveling in a northeasterly direction when it was hit by lightning.

▷ way /weɪ/ [countable noun usually singular]

the general direction in which someone or something is moving, is aimed etc :

▪ The bear went that way - you can see its tracks in the snow.

▪ It is important to consider which way the house faces, as that determines how much sun it gets.

the right/wrong way

▪ Are you sure we’re going the right way? I don’t remember seeing that church before.

▷ course /kɔːʳs/ [countable noun usually singular]

the direction in which something such as a ship or aircraft is moving, which has been previously planned :

▪ The captain decided to change the ship’s course to avoid the storm.

on/off course

following the correct or incorrect course

▪ Investigators say the plane was over 800 miles off course when it crashed.

2. ways of asking about direction

▷ which way /ˌwɪtʃ ˈweɪ/ [adverb] spoken

use this to ask someone the general direction that something is in, that someone is travelling in etc :

▪ Which way are you going? Maybe we can share a cab.

▪ ‘Excuse me, which way is the Natural History Museum?’ ‘That way. Keep walking and you’ll see it on the left.’

▷ which direction /ˌwɪtʃ də̇ˈrekʃ ə n/ [noun phrase]

use this when you when you want to know exact details about which direction something is in, about which direction someone is travelling in etc :

▪ Which direction do we take once we reach the top of the hill?

▷ ask somebody how to get to/ask somebody the way/ask the way /ˌɑːsk somebody haʊ tə get tuː, ˌɑːsk somebody ðə ˈweɪ, ˌɑːsk ðə ˈweɪǁˌæsk-/ [verb phrase]

to ask someone the way to a place, especially when you have already started your journey :

▪ He looked suspicious when we asked him how to get to the border.

▪ Maggie stopped the first person she saw and asked them the way to the hospital.

▪ I’ve got no idea where we are - we’ll have to stop and ask the way.

▷ ask for directions /ˌɑːsk fəʳ də̇ˈrekʃ ə nzǁˌæsk-/ [verb phrase]

to ask for instructions on how to get somewhere, either before you start a journey or after you have started it :

▪ Some people stopped as they passed, asking for directions.

ask for directions to

▪ I asked for directions to the town hall and made my way there on foot.

▷ can you tell me the way to/do you know the way to /kən juː ˌtel miː ðə ˈweɪ tuː, duː juː ˌnəʊ ðə ˈweɪ tuː/ spoken

use this to ask the way to somewhere :

▪ Can you tell me the way to the harbor, please?

▪ Excuse me, buddy - do you know the way to the beach?

▷ how do I get /ˌhaʊ duː aɪ ˈget/ spoken

used especially when you know that someone knows the way to that place :

how do I get to

▪ How do I get to the station from here?

how do I get there/back/home etc

▪ I’ve got her address but how do I get there?

▷ is this the way to /ɪz ðɪs ðə ˈweɪ tuː/ spoken

used especially when you have already started going somewhere and want to know if you are going the right way :

▪ ‘Is this the right way to the Science Museum?’ ‘No, you’re going in the wrong direction.’

3. to tell someone the way to a place

▷ tell somebody how to get to/tell somebody the way /ˌtel somebody haʊ tə ˈget tuː, ˌtel somebody ðə ˈweɪ/ [verb phrase]

▪ He knows how to get here. I told him the way myself.

tell somebody the way to something

▪ Graham can tell you the way to Yvonne’s house.

tell somebody the way out/here/there etc

▪ Excuse me, could you tell me the way out, please?

▷ give directions /ˌgɪv də̇ˈrekʃ ə nz/ [verb phrase]

to give someone written or spoken instructions about how to get to a place :

▪ He got into the car and began to give directions.

give somebody directions/give directions to somebody

▪ I’m not surprised you couldn’t find your way here if Peter gave you directions!

▷ show somebody the way /ˌʃəʊ somebody ðə ˈweɪ/ [verb phrase]

to show someone how to get to a place, especially by going there with them :

▪ I’ll send someone with you to show you the way.

show sb the way to

▪ She asked a scruffy-looking little boy to show her the way to the police station.

▷ direct /dɪˈrekt, dəˈrekt, daɪ-/ [transitive verb] formal

to show someone the way to a place, especially by telling them where it is or pointing to it :

direct somebody behind/towards/out etc

▪ A steward directed us behind the stage and towards the dressing rooms.

direct somebody to something

▪ Go and ask the patrolman - he’ll direct you to the freeway.

4. the ability to guess or find the right direction

▷ sense of direction /ˌsens əv də̇ˈrekʃ ə n/ [singular noun]

▪ When night came we lost all sense of direction and were soon completely lost.

good/bad/excellent etc sense of direction

▪ I can’t believe you got us back to the hotel - you’ve got a really good sense of direction.

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