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Etymology

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From Middle English direccioun, from Old French direccion, from Latin dīrēctiō. Equivalent to direct +‎ -ion.

Pronunciation

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /d(a)ɪˈɹɛk.ʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛkʃən

Noun

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direction (countable and uncountable, plural directions)

  1. A theoretical line (physically or mentally) followed from a point of origin or towards a destination. May be relative (e.g. up, left, outbound, dorsal), geographical (e.g. north), rotational (e.g. clockwise), or with respect to an object or location (e.g. toward Boston).
    Keep going in the same direction.
  2. A general trend for future action.
  3. Guidance, instruction.
    The trombonist looked to the bandleader for direction.
  4. 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.
  5. (dated) The body of persons who guide or manage a matter; the directorate.
  6. (archaic) A person's address.
    • 1796, Matthew Lewis, The Monk, Folio Society, published 1985, page 218:
      Her aunt Leonella was still at Cordova, and she knew not her direction.

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French

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Latin dīrēctiōnem.

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Noun

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direction f (plural directions)

  1. (spatial) direction
    être / aller dans la bonne directionto be going the right way, to be heading the right way
  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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Descendants

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  • Turkish: direksiyon

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Interlingua

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Noun

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direction (plural directiones)

  1. direction (orientation, point where one is headed)
  2. direction, leadership, control, supervision