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directly

Line breaks: dir|ect¦ly
Pronunciation: /dɪˈrɛktli
 
, dʌɪ-/

Definition of directly in English:

adverb

1Without changing direction or stopping: they went directly to the restaurant
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
straight, right, in a straight line, as the crow flies, by a direct route, without deviation, in a beeline, by the shortest route
1.1At once; immediately: I went directly after breakfast
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
quickly, speedily, promptly;
soon, as soon as possible, shortly, in a little while, in a second, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, in (less than) no time, in no time at all, before you know it
informal pronto, double quick, p.d.q. (pretty damn quick), before you can say Jack Robinson, in a bit, in a jiffy, in two shakes (of a lamb's tail)
British informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo
archaic or informal anon
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
More example sentences
  • 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?
Synonyms
face to face, personally, in person, without an intermediary, at first hand, head on, direct, man to man;
Frenchtête-à-tête
2.1Exactly in a specified position: the ceiling directly above the door the houses directly opposite
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
exactly, immediately, precisely, right, squarely, just, dead;
diametrically
informal bang
3In a frank way: she spoke simply and directly
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

conjunction

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As soon as: she fell asleep directly she got into bed
Synonyms
as soon as, the moment, the instant, the second, once, when, immediately after

Words that rhyme with directly

heavenlyfleshlywetly

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