AskDefine | Define direction

Dictionary Definition



1 a line leading to a place or point; "he looked the other direction"; "didn't know the way home" [syn: way]
2 the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves; "he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"
3 a general course along which something has a tendency to develop; "I couldn't follow the direction of his thoughts"; "his ideals determined the direction of his career"; "they proposed a new direction for the firm"
4 something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action [syn: guidance, counsel, counseling, counselling]
5 the act of managing something; "he was given overall management of the program"; "is the direction of the economy a function of government?" [syn: management]
6 a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave directions faster than she could follow them" [syn: instruction]
7 the act of setting and holding a course; "a new council was installed under the direction of the king" [syn: steering, guidance]
8 a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; "the judge's charge to the jury" [syn: commission, charge]
9 the concentration of attention or energy on something; "the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology"; "he had no direction in his life" [syn: focus, focusing, focussing, centering]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /dəˈɹɛkʃən/, or


  1. An indication of the point toward which an object is moving.
    Keep going in the same direction.
  2. An indication of what to do.
    The trombonist looked to the bandleader for direction.
  3. The work of the director (manager).
  4. The work of the director in cinema or theater.
    The screenplay was good, but the direction was weak.


indication of the point toward which an object is moving
work of the director (manager)
work of the director in cinema or theater


Extensive Definition

Direction may refer to:
direction in Catalan: Direcció
direction in Czech: Směr
direction in Spanish: Dirección
direction in French: Direction
direction in Slovak: Smer

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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