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From Old French, from Latin dīrēctiō.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /dəˈɹɛk.ʃən/, /dɪˈɹɛk.ʃən/, /daɪˈɹɛk.ʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛkʃən


direction (plural directions)

  1. The action of directing; pointing (something) or looking towards.
    What direction is the railway station?
  2. Guidance, instruction.
    The trombonist looked to the bandleader for direction.
  3. The work of the director in cinema or theater; the skill of directing a film, play etc.
    The screenplay was good, but the direction was weak.
  4. (archaic) An address.
    • 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society 1985, p. 218:
      Her aunt Leonella was still at Cordova, and she knew not her direction.
  5. The path or course of a given movement, or moving body; an indication of the point toward or from which an object is moving.
    Keep going in the same direction.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
      Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,
      Just before Warwick reached Liberty Point, a young woman came down Front Street from the direction of the market-house. When their paths converged, Warwick kept on down Front Street behind her, it having been already his intention to walk in this direction.

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From Latin directio, directionem.



direction f (plural directions)

  1. (spatial) direction
  2. (figuratively) direction
  3. government
  4. (figuratively) the director of the administration/organisation
  5. (occasional, figurative) the territory administered by a government

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