Meaning of DIRECTION in English

DIRECTION

/ dəˈrekʃn; NAmE ; dɪ-; daɪ-/ noun

WHERE TO

1.

[ C , U ] the general position a person or thing moves or points towards :

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 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) .

DEVELOPMENT

2.

[ C , U ] 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 .

WHERE FROM

3.

[ C ] 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.

PURPOSE

4.

[ U ] a purpose; an aim :

We are looking for somebody with a clear sense of direction .

Once again her life felt lacking in direction.

INSTRUCTIONS

5.

[ C , usually pl. ] instructions about how to do sth, where to go, etc. :

Let's stop and ask for directions.

Simple directions for assembling the model are printed on the box.

CONTROL

6.

[ U ] the art of managing or guiding sb/sth :

All work was produced by the students under the direction of John Williams.

FILM / MOVIE

7.

[ U ] the instructions given by sb directing a film / movie :

There is some clever direction and the film is very well shot.

IDIOMS

see pull verb

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English (in sense 2): from Latin directio(n-) , from the verb dirigere , from di- distinctly or de- down + regere put straight.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.