US: /daɪˈɹɛkʃɪn/, /dɝˈɛkʃən/, /diˈɹɛkʃɪn/, /dɪˈɹɛkʃɪn/
UK: /da‍ɪɹˈɛkʃən/

English Vietnamese dictionary

direction /di'rekʃn/
  • danh từ
    • sự điều khiển, sự chỉ huy, sự cai quản
      • to assume the direction of an affair: nắm quyền điều khiển một công việc
    • ((thường) số nhiều) lời chỉ bảo, lời hướng dẫn, chỉ thị, huấn thị
      • directions for use: lời hướng dẫn cách dùng
      • to give directions: ra chỉ thị
    • phương hướng, chiều, phía, ngả
      • in the direction of...: về hướng (phía...)
    • mặt, phương diện
      • improvement in many directions: sự cải tiến về nhiều mặt
    • (như) directorate

Advanced English dictionary

+ noun
where to
1 [C, U] the general position a person or thing moves or points towards: Tom went off in the direction of the post office. + She glanced in his direction. + The aircraft was flying in a northerly direction. + The road was blocked in both directions. + They hit a truck coming in the opposite direction. + Has the wind changed direction? + When the police arrived, the crowd scattered in all directions. + I lost all sense of direction (= I didn't know which way to go).
2 [C, U] the general way in which a person or thing develops: The exhibition provides evidence of several new directions in her work. + I am very unhappy with the direction the club is taking. + It's only a small improvement but at least it's a step in the right direction.
where from
3 [C] the general position a person or thing comes or develops from: Support came from an unexpected direction. + Let us approach the subject from a different direction.
4 [U] a purpose; an aim: We are looking for somebody with a clear sense of direction. + Once again her life felt lacking in direction.
5 [C, usually pl.] instructions about how to do sth, where to go, etc: Let's stop and ask for directions. + Simple directions for assembling the model are printed on the box.
6 [U] the art of managing or guiding sb/sth: All work was produced by the students under the direction of John Williams. + She was entrusted with the direction of the project.
film / movie
7 [U] the instructions given by sb directing a film/movie: There is some clever direction and the film is very well shot.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 directing, aiming, pointing, guiding, guidance, conducting, conduct, instructing, instruction, managing, management, administering, administration, governing, government, supervising, supervision, operating, operation, running, leadership, directorship, directorate, control, captaincy, handling, manipulation, regulation, rule, charge:
The Freedom Party's direction of the country has led to many reforms.
2 Often, directions. instruction(s), information; bearing, road, way, route, avenue, course:
To assemble the appliance, follow the directions printed in the leaflet. Can you give me directions to the nearest filling-station?

Collocation dictionary

1 where to/from


They were both going in the same direction.
| different, opposite | right, wrong
Unfortunately, we were going in the wrong direction.
| general
I fired in the general direction of the officer's head, and missed.
| unexpected
Support came from an unexpected direction.
| anti-clockwise, clockwise
Turn the dial in a clockwise direction.
| downward, upward
These figures may have to be revised in an upward direction.
| northerly, southerly, etc.
The current flows in a south-easterly direction.
| wind
When sailing, keep a constant check on changes in wind direction.


Which direction do we have to take?
| change, reverse
The wind had changed direction. What happens if you reverse the direction of the current?
| flow in, go (off) in | head in, move in, travel in
The convoy is moving in the direction of the capital.
| veer off in
While he was studying in Paris, his thinking suddenly veered off in a new direction.
| come from/in
He was hit by a lorry coming in the opposite direction.
| face (in)
I didn't see the accident because I was facing in the opposite direction.
| glance in, look in, nod in, point in
She glanced in his direction. ‘Look!’ she said, pointing in the direction of the coast.
| nudge sb in, point sb in
(figurative) We have to nudge politicians in the right direction. I can't come with you, but I can point you in the general direction.
| pull (sb/sth) in
(often figurative) There are different considerations, often pulling in different directions.


from a/the ~
There was shriek of laughter from the direction of Sarah's room. Let's approach the subject from a different direction.
| in a/the ~
The aircraft was flying in a northerly direction.


the direction of flow/movement/travel
I prefer to be facing the direction of travel.
| the direction of sb's gaze
She followed the direction of his gaze.
| from/in all/both directions
The blast sent debris flying in all directions. The road was blocked in both directions.
| a glance/nod in sb/sth's direction
People passed by without a glance in her direction. (figurative) The report gives a brief nod in the direction of green issues before coming down firmly on the side of the market.
| a sense of direction
I haven't got much sense of direction.

2 development


The party must take a new direction if it is to survive.
| right, wrong | clear
No clear direction in policy can be identified.
| future
the debate about the future direction of socialism
| policy


It is hard to know which direction the Church will take.
| change
It's time to change direction and find a new job.
| go in, move in
At least things are moving in the right direction now.


a change of direction
This was a major change of direction for Britain's foreign policy.
| a step in the (right/wrong) direction
The new law is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, but it doesn't go far enough. The first step in this direction will be by way of discussion with the unions.

3 purpose


Do not let the discussion fragment into a desultory conversation with no clear direction.


be lacking in, lack
Once again her life felt lacking in direction.


a sense of direction
We are looking for somebody with a clear sense of direction.

4 instructions


clear, good, precise
Isabel's directions are always very precise.
| stage
Shakespeare's famous stage direction, ‘Exit, pursued by a bear.’


ask for
Let's stop and ask for directions.
| give sb
Can you give me directions for getting to John's?
| get
We got directions to the hall from a man in the village.
| follow
It's ever so easy to cook. You just follow the directions on the packet.


~ for
Are there any directions for putting up the tent?
| ~ to
Can you give me directions to the town centre?

5 control/guidance


In effective classrooms the teacher provided clear direction.
| strategic
the strategic direction of the company
| spiritual
The monarch looks to the archbishop for spiritual direction.
| government
All transport is under government direction.


give sb, provide (sb with)


under sb's ~
working under the direction of a senior manager
| ~ from
The new workers need direction from a supervisor.

More information about DIRECTION


of the compass due ~ (of)
The village is due north of Paris.

far ~
a small village in the far north of Scotland. The reserve is a little further south on the coast.

down south, up north
(informal)They have moved down south (= to the south of the country).

journey, way ~
On our way south we travelled through several small villages.

road, track ~
the road west out of the city

be/lie ~ of
Brighton is south of London.

come, drive, fly, go, run, travel, walk ~
From Fort William drive north for a couple of miles.

set off ~
The troops set off north.

carry on, continue, proceed ~
The road continues west for 10 miles.

bear, head ~
Take the N1 motorway heading west from Bern.

turn ~
When you reach the top of the hill turn north-east.

face, look ~
The kitchen window faces south. The painting depicts the Grand Canal, Venice, looking north from the Rialto Bridge.

~ bank, coast, shore
the south bank of the river

~ wind
a bitter east wind

in the ~ (of)
I live in the north. There are lakes in the north-east of Poland.

from the ~ (of)
The wind is coming from the west.

to the ~ (of)
Oxford is to the north-west of London.

towards the ~
Towards the north the woods turn into pine forests.

Which way is ~?
Which way is west?

Concise English dictionary

+a line leading to a place or point
+the spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves
+a general course along which something has a tendency to develop
+something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
+the act of managing something
+a message describing how something is to be done
+the act of setting and holding a course
+a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something
+the concentration of attention or energy on something