Definition of directly in English:

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Pronunciation: /diˈrektlē/
Pronunciation: /dīˈrektlē/


1Without changing direction or stopping: they went directly to the restaurant
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  • The pieces of fish were definitely thrown directly from the freezer onto the plate.
  • Sweetened syrup is also sent directly to restaurants and fast-food chains where it is sold to the public as a fountain drink.
  • We may skip the hocus-pocus part of the article and go directly to its conclusions.
straight, right, as the crow flies, by a direct route
1.1At once; immediately: I went directly after breakfast
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  • The next morning, Elizabeth left for the market directly after breakfast as Odessa had ordered.
  • We were out there during Music West, and we were slotted directly after the Georgia Straight Music Awards.
  • Measurements and data were obtained directly after the instant photographs were taken.
immediately, at once, instantly, right away, straightaway, posthaste, without delay, without hesitation, forthwith;
quickly, speedily, promptly
informal pronto
1.2 dated In a little while; soon: I’ll be back directly
2With nothing or no one in between: the decisions directly affect people’s health the security forces were directly responsible for the massacre
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  • All of these issues aside, we are responsible for making decisions that directly affect our aircraft.
  • And the markets are increasingly being used to supply hotels, restaurants and even schools directly.
  • So is it your conclusion that it is directly related to these ads?
2.1Exactly in a specified position: the ceiling directly above the door the houses directly opposite
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  • It will be moved to a position almost directly opposite the present one, but it will be much better and safer.
  • When the subject is directly opposite your position pop the shutter, while still continuing to turn your body in time with the subject.
  • Grasp the barbell with a grip just outside shoulder width, and lift it into position directly above your chest.
3In a frank way: she spoke simply and directly
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  • She was neither muscled nor cruel, but yet had an exacting eye for detail and always spoke directly and bluntly.
  • At certain times, most people find it difficult to communicate honestly, directly and openly with other people.
  • Last week, when my son's queries were coming at me with the force of an aerial bombardment, I resolved to answer them as simply and directly as I could.
frankly, candidly, openly, bluntly, forthrightly, without beating around the bush


As soon as: she fell asleep directly she got into bed

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Syllabification: di·rect·ly

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