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directly

[dih-rekt-lee, dahy-] /dɪˈrɛkt li, daɪ-/
adverb
1.
in a direct line, way, or manner; straight:
The path leads directly to the lake.
2.
at once; without delay; immediately:
Do that directly.
3.
shortly; soon:
They will be here directly.
4.
exactly; precisely:
directly opposite the store.
5.
without intervening space; next in order:
The truck was parked directly behind my car.
6.
openly or frankly; candidly:
He didn't hesitate to speak directly about his debts.
7.
Mathematics. in direct proportion.
conjunction
8.
as soon as:
Directly he arrived, he mentioned the subject.
Origin of directly
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, directly is from the Middle English word directli. See direct, -ly
Synonyms
2. See immediately. 6. straightforwardly, freely, plainly, unreservedly.
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  • I fetched up at an exit on the side street, and there they were directly in front of me.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The Nile was directly responsible for this useful development.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • directly they had reached the privacy of the street they became quieter.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • The joint of the 20-foot pieces should be directly in the center of the 10-foot piece.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • "The table is directly in front of you," came the Leopard Woman's voice.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for directly

directly

/dɪˈrɛktlɪ; daɪ-/
adverb
1.
in a direct manner
2.
at once; without delay
3.
foll by before or after. immediately; just
conjunction
4.
(subordinating) as soon as: we left directly the money arrived
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Word Origin and History for directly
adv.

1510s, "in a straight line," from direct (adj.) + -ly (2). Figurative use is slightly earlier (c.1500). Meaning "at once, immediately in time" (c.1600) is from earlier sense of "without intermediate steps" (1520s).

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