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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.


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?.


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.


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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