Directions Vocabulary

A signpost giving directions, this way and that way.

Asking and giving directions.

DIRECTIONS (pronounced ‘dɪˈrɛkʃəns) Noun (plural)
  1. a course along which someone or something moves. i.e. She set off in the opposite direction.
    • the course which must be taken in order to reach a destination. i.e. The village is over the moors in a northerly direction. Synonyms: way, route, course, line, run, bearing, orientation.
    • a point to or from which a person or thing moves or faces. i.e. A house with views in all directions.
    • a general way in which someone or something is developing; a trend or tendency. i.e. New directions in painting and architecture. Synonyms: orientation, inclination, leaning, tendency.
    • general aim or purpose. i.e. The campaign’s lack of direction.
  2. the management or guidance of someone or something. i.e. Under his direction, the college has developed an international reputation. Synonyms: administration, management, supervision, superintendence, government, regulation, orchestration.
    • the work of directing the actors and other staff in a film, play, or other production.
    • instructions on how to reach a destination or about how to do something. i.e. Preston gave him directions to a restaurant not far from the studio. Synonyms: instruction, command, order, bidding, charge, injunction, dictate, decree, edict, prescription, rule, regulation, requirement.
a long way about 500 yards / meters about a mile
around the bend around the corner at the end of the road
back the other way behind the —– between —– and —–
by the side of carry on down here country lane
crossroads dead-end / cul-de-sac dual carriageway
follow the signs for —– go across go along here
go left / right go straight on in front of —–
in the opposite direction it’s not this way it’s that way
just opposite the —– keep going this way main road / minor road
motorway / freeway next to / near to on the left
on the right hand side over the road roundabout / island
side street straight ahead T-junction
take the next right toll road town centre
traffic lights turn back / left / right under the bridge
up the hill down the road the way you came




Some helpful expressions and phrases

Excuse me, is there a bank near here?
Excuse me, where can I find a chemist?
I need to find the hospital, can you help me.
Is there a Post Office in this area, please?
Is the supermarket close by, please?
The railway station is over there near to the library.
Go straight along here to the first on your left.
Go straight down this road until you come to the roundabout.
Take the 2nd on the right, and it’s about 500 metres on your left.
Turn right here and cross over the road.
Turn left at the traffic lights and it’s on your left.
You will need to catch the bus to the town centre.
You’d better find a taxi, it’s a long way.
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Driving Directions
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