directiondi‧rec‧tion /dəˈrekʃən, daɪ-/ ●●●S1W1 noun1towards [countable]DIRECTION the way something or someone moves, faces, or is aimedWhich direction did they go in?in the direction of somethingThe suspects were last seen heading in the direction of Miami.in somebody’s directionTony glanced in her direction and their eyes met.The girls pointed in the opposite direction.On seeing me, Maurice changed direction and went along the wharf instead.As shots rang out, the crowd ran screaming in all directions.from the direction of somethingThere was a loud scream from the direction of the children’s pool.in a southerly/easterly etc directionContinue in a southerly direction until you reach the road.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually use which way ...? when asking where something is rather than using the noun direction: Which direction did they go in? → Which way did they go? | Which direction is north? → Which way is north?2 →directions3way something develops [countable]WAY/MANNER the general way in which someone or something changes or developsWe are happy with the direction the club is taking.move/head/go in the right directionI believe that things are heading in the right direction in South Africa.new/different/exciting etc directionThe company is hoping to extend its operations in new directions.4control [uncountable]CONTROL control, management, or adviceunder somebody’s directionUnder Thompson’s direction, the college has developed an international reputation.5where from or where to [countable]DIRECTION where something comes from or where something leadsin a directionThe evidence all points in this direction.from a directionHelp came from a wholly unexpected direction.6purpose [uncountable]PURPOSE a general purpose or aimHer mother felt that Rachel’s life lacked direction.7film/play [uncountable]AMF the instructions given to the actors and other people working on a film, play etc → a step in the right directionat step1(2)COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: the way something or someone moves, faces, or is aimedverbsgo in a directionI can give you a lift if you're going in my direction.move/head in a directionWe followed the other passengers heading in the direction of passport control.look/glance in a directionShe looked in the direction that Jeremy was pointing.face (in) a directionThe men were facing the direction from which they expected the attack.change direction (=start to go in a different direction)Suddenly the birds changed direction.adjectivesthe right/wrong directionAre you sure this is the right direction for Shipton?the opposite directionThe car crashed into a truck that was coming in the opposite direction.a southerly/westerly etc directionA strong wind was blowing from an easterly direction.phrasesin each/every direction (also in all directions)At the top of the tower there are splendid views in every direction.in both directionsThe traffic in both directions on the motorway wasn't moving at all.in different directionsThey said goodbye and walked off in different directions.in the general direction of something (=approximately where something is)He pointed in the general direction of the village.in a clockwise/anticlockwise direction (=like or unlike the movement of the hands of a clock)All movement on a roundabout is in a clockwise direction.a sense of direction (=the ability to judge which way you should be going)Do you have a good sense of direction?the direction of movement/travel/flow etcIt was hard work rowing against the direction of flow.
COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: verbsgive somebody directionsLuke's given me directions to his house.follow directionsYou can't get lost if you follow my directions.ask (somebody) for directionsLet's stop and ask someone for directions.get directions (=ask someone for directions)I went into a petrol station to get directions.adjectivesclear/goodHis directions were very clear and easy to follow.