directly

[ dih-rekt-lee, dahy- ]
/ dɪˈrɛkt li, daɪ- /

adverb

conjunction

as soon as: Directly he arrived, he mentioned the subject.

Nearby words

  1. directional drilling,
  2. directional microphone,
  3. directionless,
  4. directions,
  5. directive,
  6. directoire,
  7. director,
  8. director general,
  9. director of education,
  10. director of photography

Origin of directly

First recorded in 1350–1400, directly is from the Middle English word directli. See direct, -ly

SYNONYMS FOR directly
2. See immediately. 6. straightforwardly, freely, plainly, unreservedly.

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British Dictionary definitions for directly

directly

/ (dɪˈrɛktlɪ, daɪ-) /

adverb

in a direct manner
at once; without delay
(foll by before or after) immediately; just

conjunction

(subordinating) as soon aswe left directly the money arrived
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Word Origin and History for directly

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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