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English noun: direction

1. direction (location) a line leading to a place or point


SamplesHe looked the other direction.
Didn't know the way home.


Synonymsway


Broader (hypernym)itinerary, path, route


Narrower (hyponym)aim, bearing, course, east-west direction, heading, north-south direction, qibla, tendency, trend, trend

2. direction the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves


SamplesHe checked the direction and velocity of the wind.


Broader (hypernym)position, spatial relation


Narrower (hyponym)compass north, compass point, east, frontage, leeward, magnetic north, north, north, northeast, northwest, opposition, orientation, point, seaward, south, southeast, southwest, west, windward


Attributeincoming, outgoing

3. direction (cognition) a general course along which something has a tendency to develop


SamplesI couldn't follow the direction of his thoughts.
His ideals determined the direction of his career.
They proposed a new direction for the firm.


Broader (hypernym)disposition, inclination, tendency


Narrower (hyponym)tenor

4. direction (communication) something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action


Synonymscounsel, counseling, counselling, guidance


Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance


Narrower (hyponym)career counseling, confidential information, cynosure, genetic counseling, guideline, hint, lead, marriage counseling, road map, steer, tip, wind

5. direction (act) the act of managing something


SamplesHe was given overall management of the program.
Is the direction of the economy a function of government?.


Synonymsmanagement


Broader (hypernym)social control


Narrower (hyponym)administration, authorisation, authorization, canalisation, canalization, channelisation, channelization, conducting, database management, disenfranchisement, disposal, empowerment, finance, guidance, handling, homemaking, misconduct, misdirection, mismanagement, oversight, steering, superintendence, supervising, supervision, treatment

6. direction (communication) a message describing how something is to be done


SamplesHe gave directions faster than she could follow them.


Synonymsinstruction


Broader (hypernym)content, message, subject matter, substance


Narrower (hyponym)address, destination, formula, markup, misdirection, name and address, prescript, prescription, recipe, rubric, rule, rule, rule, stage direction, style, system command

7. direction (act) the act of setting and holding a course


SamplesA new council was installed under the direction of the king.


Synonymsguidance, steering


Broader (hypernym)control


Narrower (hyponym)aim, celestial guidance, command guidance, driving, inertial guidance, inertial navigation, navigation, pilotage, piloting, terrestrial guidance

8. direction (communication) a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something


SamplesThe judge's charge to the jury.


Synonymscharge, commission


Broader (hypernym)bid, bidding, command, dictation


Narrower (hyponym)misdirection

9. direction (cognition) the concentration of attention or energy on something


SamplesThe focus of activity shifted to molecular biology.
He had no direction in his life.


Synonymscentering, focal point, focus, focusing, focussing


Broader (hypernym)absorption, concentration, engrossment, immersion


Narrower (hyponym)particularism









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