di·​rect·​ly | \ də-ˈrek(t)-lē How to pronounce directly (audio) , dī-, in sense 2 especially də-ˈrek-lē or ˈdrek-lē \

Definition of directly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : in a direct manner directly relevant the road runs directly east and west
b : in immediate physical contact
c : in the manner of direct variation
2a : without delay : immediately the second game followed directly after the first
b : in a little while : shortly we'll be leaving directly


di·​rect·​ly | \ də-ˈrek(t)-lē How to pronounce directly (audio) , dī-; ˈdrek-lē \

Definition of directly (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British
: immediately after : as soon as directly I received it I rang up the shipping company— F. W. Crofts

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Synonyms & Antonyms for directly

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of directly in a Sentence

Adverb He refused to answer the question directly. She said that she wanted to speak to you directly. The package will be sent directly to your home. The two accidents are directly related. Thousands of people were directly affected by the disaster. Antonyms are words that are directly opposite in meaning. We parked directly behind the store. He sat directly across from me at the dinner table. Conjunction I came directly I received your message.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Polo’s rise is directly tied to his commitment to personal growth. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 6 Oct. 2021 In an ironic twist, they are directly related to the oil rigs offshore, in place since the late 1960s. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 School officials argue that the arguments about masks and critical race theory are taking away time and energy from issues that are directly related to students, such as academic performance, student programs and school spending. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 For now, visitors are encouraged to plot their own path using Visit Panama's coffee website and reaching out to the farms directly to see what's on offer. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 1 Oct. 2021 The inability to succeed on first down, throw the ball downfield or locate any sort of explosiveness can be tied directly to the substandard play of the Tigers' offensive front. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 Whether the feature is something that consumers will be able to directly see (in the way that '\low power’ is turned on when battery power is low and the endurance of the laptop needs to be extended) remains to be seen. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Because of the special fast-track procedure Democrats are using to pass their social spending bill, all parts must conform to Senate rules, chiefly that each provision be directly related to the federal budget. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Football deaths directly related to what happened on the field are rare. Wilson Wong, NBC News, 29 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of directly


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of directly was in the 15th century

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10 Oct 2021

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“Directly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of directly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in a direct way
: in a straight or direct line from a particular position
: without delay



English Language Learners Definition of directly (Entry 2 of 2)

: immediately after : as soon as


di·​rect·​ly | \ də-ˈrekt-lē How to pronounce directly (audio) , dī- \

Kids Definition of directly

1 : in a straight course or line She sits directly across from me. The road runs directly north.
2 : straight to or from a source : without interference I spoke directly to the principal.
3 : immediately sense 2 She began directly to work.

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