di·rec·tion (dĭ-rĕkshən, dī-)
1. The management, supervision, or guidance of a group or operation: The manager's direction of the sales campaign has been highly effective.
2. The art or action of directing a musical, theatrical, or cinematic production.
a. An authoritative order or command: The supervisor shouted directions to employees in the warehouse.
b. Music A word or phrase in a score indicating how a passage is to be played or sung.
c. directions Instructions in how to do something or reach a destination: read the directions before assembling the grill; asked for directions in how to get to the lake.
a. The course along which a person or thing is moving or must move to reach a destination: The boat left the bay and sailed in a northerly direction.
b. The point toward which a person or thing faces or is oriented: The twins stood back to back, looking in opposite directions.
5. A course or line of development; a tendency toward a particular end or goal: charting a new direction for the company.
[Middle English, arrangement, from Latin dīrēctiō, dīrēctiōn-, from dīrēctus, past participle of dīrigere, to direct; see DIRECT.]
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