1. [ noun ] (transportation) a line leading to a place or point
Synonyms: way

: "he looked the other direction" "didn't know the way home"

Related terms: path tendency course bearing qibla
2. [ noun ] the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves

"he checked the direction and velocity of the wind"

Related terms: position frontage orientation opposition windward leeward compass_point north outgoing incoming
3. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: inclination
4. [ noun ] something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
Synonyms: guidance counseling counselling counsel
Related terms: message tip guideline cynosure career_counseling genetic_counseling guideline marriage_counseling advise
5. [ noun ] the act of managing something
Synonyms: management managing

"he was given overall management of the program" "is the direction of the economy a function of government?"

Related terms: social_control treatment administration supervision guidance disenfranchisement mismanagement authorization channelization homemaking database_management finance conducting misconduct oversee
6. [ noun ] a message describing how something is to be done
Synonyms: instruction

"he gave directions faster than she could follow them"

Related terms: message rule recipe prescription prescription stage_direction rule address misdirection system_command rubric style markup rule
7. [ noun ] the act of setting and holding a course
Synonyms: guidance steering

"a new council was installed under the direction of the king"

Related terms: control aim navigation celestial_guidance driving command_guidance inertial_guidance terrestrial_guidance guide
8. [ noun ] the concentration of attention or energy on something
Synonyms: focus centering focusing focussing

"the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology" "he had no direction in his life"

Related terms: concentration particularism focus_on concentrate concenter
9. [ noun ] (law) a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
Synonyms: charge commission

"the judge's charge to the jury"

Related terms: command misdirection appoint
Similar spelling:   directional