[ dih-rekt-lee, dahy- ]
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  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.

  1. shortly; soon: They will be here directly.

  2. exactly; precisely: directly opposite the store.

  3. without intervening space; next in order: The truck was parked directly behind my car.

  4. openly or frankly; candidly: He didn't hesitate to speak directly about his debts.

  5. Mathematics. in direct proportion.

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

Origin of directly

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

synonym study For directly

2. See immediately.

Other words for directly

6 straightforwardly, freely, plainly, unreservedly
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How to use directly in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for directly


/ (dɪˈrɛktlɪ, daɪ-) /

  1. in a direct manner

  2. at once; without delay

  1. (foll by before or after) immediately; just

  1. (subordinating) as soon as: we left directly the money arrived

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