- di|rec|tion [ dı`rekʃən, daı`rekʃən ] noun ***▸ 1 way something is moving/facing▸ 2 way someone/something changes▸ 3 purpose▸ 4 instructions▸ 5 control/management▸ 6 where something is from▸ 7 directing of movie/play▸ + PHRASES1. ) count the path that someone or something moves along when going toward a place:Are you sure we're going in the right direction?change direction: The wind has changed direction.in a southerly/easterly etc. direction (=toward the south, east etc.): The Mississippi River flows in a southerly direction.in all directions/in every direction: The birds scattered in all directions.in the direction of someone/something: We drove off in the direction of the mountains.in the opposite direction: I'd give you a ride, but I'm going in the opposite direction.a sense of direction (=knowing which way to go): Michelle's always getting lost because of her terrible sense of direction.a ) the way that someone or something faces or points toward:Houses here are built facing an easterly direction.in someone's/something's direction: People walked by without a look in her direction.2. ) count or uncount the general development or progress of someone or something:direction of: He was determined to change the direction of the business.a change of direction: He was looking for a complete change of direction.take a direction: Many Republican supporters are unhappy with the direction the party has taken.3. ) uncount the feeling of having a definite purpose:lack direction: Your life seems to lack direction.have a sense of direction: He's always had a strong sense of direction.4. ) directions plural instructions for doing something or getting to a place:follow directions: Remember to follow the directions on the label.give someone directions to something: She gave the driver directions to her house.5. ) uncount leadership or management:Peter was responsible for the general direction of the project.under the direction of: The building was designed by William Kent, under the personal direction of Henry Richardson.6. ) count usually singular a point that someone or something comes from or goes to:I knew it would be pointless to expect any help from his direction.The evidence is not conclusive, but it does point in this direction.7. ) uncount the work of directing a movie, program, or play─ compare PRODUCTIONpull in different/opposite directions1. ) to have different or opposite purposes that cannot be achieved together2. ) be pulled in different/opposite directions to be in a situation in which you feel loyalty to opposing aims or people=> RIGHT 2
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.