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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Central and Eastern European countries would be most directly affected by the drop in Russian gas flows through Ukraine, according to a research note by consultancy Eurasia Group. Anna Cooban, CNN, 12 May 2022 Tell me about China, because that strikes me as an example where the government stepped in and there was a policy, or there isn’t anymore, but there was a policy that directly affected the number of kids people could have. Kira Bindrim, Quartz, 10 May 2022 While laws prohibit political campaigns from working directly with PACs supporting their candidates, the PAC published huge amounts of content useful to Vance's campaign, according to Politico. Fox News, 8 May 2022 Today these two young democracies, as well as those in Central and Eastern Europe—who share similar histories—are most directly affected by Russia’s and China’s expansionist pushes. Chris Horton, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 The projects are intended to bring environmental and public health benefits to communities directly affected by the underlying violations. Matthew Daly, Chron, 5 May 2022 On the western bank, poorer families relying on fishing are directly affected by coastal erosion, their crumbling houses bearing the brunt of climate change as they are relocated to temporary settlements. New York Times, 5 May 2022 Central to our approach is working directly with the communities most in need. Rose Stuckey Kirk, Forbes, 3 May 2022 His development should be expedited by working directly with Hunt and Chubb. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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“Directly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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