di·​rect·​ly | \ də-ˈrek(t)-lē , 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 , 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

dead, direct, due, plumb, plump, right, straight, straightway

Antonyms: Adverb


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Examples of directly in a Sentence


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.


I came directly I received your message.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The Hungarian Bauhaus painter László Moholy-Nagy has directly inspired designers such as Rei Kawakubo and André Courrèges. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 100-Year-Old German Art School That’s Still Influencing the Fashion World," 13 Feb. 2019 The Hungarian Bauhaus painter László Moholy-Nagy has directly inspired designers such as Rei Kawakubo and André Courrèges. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "One Century Later, Bauhaus Is Still a Major Fashion Influence," 13 Feb. 2019 Three government services—the Customs, Coast Guard, and Prohibition Bureau—are directly involved in the battle to keep out contraband articles and collect the frontier tolls on others. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Rewind: What Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders Was Like in 1925," 11 Feb. 2019 Since Ash Wednesday kicks off Lent, its date is always exactly 46 days before Easter (fasting is not observed on Sundays during Lent) and thus is affected directly by what date Easter falls on that year. Maria Carter, Country Living, "When Is Easter and Why Does Easter Change Dates Each Year?," 7 Feb. 2019 Obviously, people were not too happy about that one, and after The Shade Room posted the Instagram story for its followers, Ariana quickly responded, commenting directly on the Instagram. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Backlash Ariana Grande Has Faced Following the “7 Rings” Music Video," 22 Jan. 2019 Her Majesty’s apartment is the floor directly above. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "You Can Be Queen Elizabeth’s Neighbor in NYC for $30,000 a Month," 18 Jan. 2019 Unlike William, however, Harry is not directly in line for the throne. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Kids Have Official Royal Titles?," 6 Jan. 2019 Take note that some of these PC games are only available from their publishers directly (e.g. Origin, Ubisoft), while others are also available on Steam. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "The 13 best games for your new PC," 26 Dec. 2018

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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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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)

British : immediately after : as soon as


di·​rect·​ly | \ də-ˈrekt-lē , 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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