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directly adv
1 without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office" [syn: straight, direct]
2 without anyone or anything intervening; "these two factors are directly related"; "he was directly responsible"; "measured the physical properties directly"
3 without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening; "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!" [syn: immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight off, now, right away, at once, forthwith, in real time, like a shot]
4 in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly; "he didn't answer directly"; "told me straight out"; "came out flat for less work and more pay" [syn: flat, straight] [ant: indirectly]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /dɪˈrɛktli/ or /daɪˈrɛktli/

Adverb

  1. In a direct manner; in a straight line or course.
  2. In a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct means.
  3. Without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms.
  4. Exactly; just.
    directly across the street
  5. Straightforwardly; honestly.
  6. immediately
  7. In the context of "Midland South": Soon; later; when it becomes convenient
    We'll go to the store directly, but first I need to finish sweeping.

Translations

in a direct manner
in a straightforward way
without circumlocution or ambiguity
exactly; just
straightforwardly; honestly

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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