directly

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adverb

di·​rect·​ly də-ˈrek(t)-lē How to pronounce directly (audio)
dī-,
 in sense 2 especially  də-ˈrek-lē,
 or  ˈdrek-lē
1
a
: 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
2
a
: without delay : immediately
the second game followed directly after the first
b
: in a little while : shortly
we'll be leaving directly

directly

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conjunction

di·​rect·​ly də-ˈrek(t)-lē How to pronounce directly (audio)
dī-;
ˈdrek-lē
chiefly British
: immediately after : as soon as
directly I received it I rang up the shipping companyF. W. Crofts

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
The flu outbreak is directly responsible for the domestic short supply of eggs in the U.S. and the high prices. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2023 The economy class cabin is directly behind business class, with 144 seats in rows of three seats on each side of the aisle. Kayla Brock, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Jan. 2023 The safest way to get tickets is directly through Churchill Downs at the box office or online at KentuckyDerby.com. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 25 Jan. 2023 The people who comment and message me directly are incredibly friendly. Susannah Breslin, Forbes, 24 Jan. 2023 Firearms are provided for their use under the guidance of multiple expert professionals directly responsible for the safe and accurate operation of that firearm. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 19 Jan. 2023 Firearms are provided for their use under the guidance of multiple expert professionals directly responsible for the safe and accurate operation of that firearm. Nardine Saadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2023 The two men most directly responsible for the security failings in Brasília on January 8—the governor and security secretary of the Federal District—are being scrupulously afforded every due process protection. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, 18 Jan. 2023 While Musk's chances of winning outright may be low, the plaintiff still has to prove his false statements directly caused investors' losses in order to obtain a significant payout. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adverb

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

Conjunction

1795, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Directly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/directly. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

directly

adverb
di·​rect·​ly
də-ˈrek-(t)lē,
dī-,
 in sense 2 also  ˈdrek-lē
1
a
: in a direct manner
she spoke directly
b
: most closely located
the person directly to my left
2
: without delay : immediately
go directly home
3
: in the manner of direct variation
the perimeter of a square varies directly with the length of a side

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