Definition of directly in English:



  • 1Without changing direction or stopping.

    ‘they went directly to the restaurant’
    • ‘Follow the waymarked path straight ahead heading directly for the right-hand side of the farm below.’
    • ‘Christian then told officers that he immediately flew directly to Thailand and went straight to Pattaya.’
    • ‘Once there, I was taken directly to the Jeep, which was magically parked in a covered parking space.’
    • ‘Sweetened syrup is also sent directly to restaurants and fast-food chains where it is sold to the public as a fountain drink.’
    • ‘McLeish was asked why the Frenchman had not simply flown directly to England, rather than using Glasgow as a connecting airport.’
    • ‘The pieces of fish were definitely thrown directly from the freezer onto the plate.’
    • ‘The attractive prices make most travellers go directly to the shopping centre as soon as they have separated from their luggage.’
    • ‘The annual West of Ireland Pilgrimage to Fatima in October will once again this year fly directly from Knock Airport to Lisbon.’
    • ‘Chances are, the pilot in extremis simply wants to go directly to an airport or other navaid.’
    • ‘You can avoid this frustration, and reduce your risk of collision, by simply heading directly to the top floors.’
    • ‘Later after breakfast, Mallory went directly to her room and turned on her stereo to max loudness.’
    • ‘Once inside, our way led us directly to the kitchen for early breakfast.’
    • ‘We may skip the hocus-pocus part of the article and go directly to its conclusions.’
    • ‘If you are a man reading this, you may skip it immediately and go directly to the Hillary column!’
    • ‘It feels like stepping into one's office directly from the breakfast table.’
    straight, right, in a straight line, as the crow flies, by a direct route, without deviation, in a beeline, by the shortest route
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    1. 1.1At once; immediately.
      ‘I went directly after breakfast’
      • ‘We were out there during Music West, and we were slotted directly after the Georgia Straight Music Awards.’
      • ‘The next morning, Elizabeth left for the market directly after breakfast as Odessa had ordered.’
      • ‘Measurements and data were obtained directly after the instant photographs were taken.’
      • ‘The new Cabinet was sworn in directly after the conclusion of the vote.’
      • ‘We arrived at the restaurant and were directly taken to the table I had called up and reserved a few nights before.’
      immediately, at once, instantly, right away, straight away, now, instantaneously, post-haste, without delay, without hesitation, forthwith
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    2. 1.2dated In a little while; soon.
      ‘I'll be back directly’
      in a second, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long, shortly, in a very short time
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  • 2With nothing or no one in between.

    ‘the decisions directly affect people's health’
    ‘the security forces were directly responsible for the massacre’
    • ‘Once up and running, the Government funds them directly and the sponsor controls the academy independently of the local authority.’
    • ‘The apartment came with a 16 ft thoroughly private garden looking directly over the ocean.’
    • ‘Poverty in itself does not immediately and directly lead to conflict, let alone to terrorism.’
    • ‘And the markets are increasingly being used to supply hotels, restaurants and even schools directly.’
    • ‘These programs certainly do not directly reduce poverty, nor will they immediately cut down the stocks of government debts.’
    • ‘In the first place, Bane and Mead agree that theological premises do not directly yield policy conclusions.’
    • ‘Around 500 workers at the complex employed either directly by Scottish Coal or through contractors have lost their jobs.’
    • ‘All I am saying is, this is one issue that will directly effect you, and for once you do have a direct say in whether or not it comes into practice.’
    • ‘Fortunately, we don't have to deal directly with the credit union much more than once a quarter.’
    • ‘The report concludes that they contribute directly to the high bed occupancy and blocked access to acute beds.’
    • ‘About two years ago Bill did finally become directly involved in film-making.’
    • ‘Evan would fall completely silent whenever Jeff was around, and Jeff never once addressed him directly.’
    • ‘Gravitational force is immediate, it acts directly via physical space.’
    • ‘All of these issues aside, we are responsible for making decisions that directly affect our aircraft.’
    • ‘The sale, transfer or probate of a property that is held directly can be complex, costly and lengthy.’
    • ‘So is it your conclusion that it is directly related to these ads?’
    • ‘Only in a couple of instances was flooding directly linked to unusual or extreme rainfall or a storm.’
    • ‘It is not historical fact, but may allow us to describe and relate historical facts too complex to confront directly.’
    • ‘Its strategy was also to pay the salesmen immediately, directly charging the cost to the client's policy and removing this charge over a long period of time.’
    • ‘For the immediate future the North will be governed directly from London.’
    face to face, personally, in person, without an intermediary, at first hand, head on, direct, man to man
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    1. 2.1Exactly in a specified position.
      ‘the ceiling directly above the door’
      ‘the houses directly opposite’
      • ‘Colors positioned directly opposite one another on the wheel have the most contrast.’
      • ‘Grasp the barbell with a grip just outside shoulder width, and lift it into position directly above your chest.’
      • ‘Like conventional wet fly fishing, once the fly is directly downstream don't be in too much of a hurry to lift off.’
      • ‘They would sandwich it, and as soon as the Dark ship was directly in between the two Allied ships, one of them would fire.’
      • ‘He turned directly towards me and firmly planted both feet together with a small smile.’
      • ‘The first on the left is overflow parking, and the second on the right is the park directly outside the restaurant.’
      • ‘The family were living in the rented house because their own house, directly opposite the rented house, was under renovation.’
      • ‘He soon discovers a newly opened video store operating directly across the road and decides to investigate.’
      • ‘Johen bent down, then finally squatted directly in front of the horse to look at its front legs for himself.’
      • ‘There was a bright light positioned directly above him, three of them to be exact.’
      • ‘His eyes tried desperately to adjust to the light, and soon found a ray of light directly underneath his eyes.’
      • ‘Two Libyan students who live directly under the flat where Stephen Oake was murdered were allowed to return for the first time last night.’
      • ‘The grill of her car gently tapped his lower half as it finally rolled to a complete stop directly in front of him.’
      • ‘When the subject is directly opposite your position pop the shutter, while still continuing to turn your body in time with the subject.’
      • ‘Once you find and touch the key, which sits directly under the statue of the Buddha, you will attain paradise.’
      • ‘After a while of walking and thinking, the two of them had stopped directly before the restaurant.’
      • ‘It will be moved to a position almost directly opposite the present one, but it will be much better and safer.’
      • ‘In an instant she stood directly before him, her eyes blazing up into his face.’
      • ‘It was all chaos and smoke after a car or truck bomb exploded directly beneath the window where I had once slept.’
      • ‘He was just about to catch her when she doubled back, directly under his nose.’
      exactly, immediately, precisely, right, squarely, just, dead
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  • 3In a frank way.

    ‘she spoke simply and directly’
    • ‘The Beggar's Opera spoke directly to an audience with a strong dramatic tradition in which music had played a secondary role.’
    • ‘This is a remarkable story, written clearly and directly.’
    • ‘Last week, when my son's queries were coming at me with the force of an aerial bombardment, I resolved to answer them as simply and directly as I could.’
    • ‘She was neither muscled nor cruel, but yet had an exacting eye for detail and always spoke directly and bluntly.’
    • ‘Now the audience is shown clearly and directly what you can expect if you win.’
    • ‘The video is hilarious, ultra-sexy and yet manages to speak honestly and directly about a sensitive and important issue.’
    • ‘I like love poetry because most of the time it's using language directly and clearly.’
    • ‘But none of these spoke so directly to me about my life and times.’
    • ‘The monks tend to respond to their questioners simply and directly.’
    • ‘Jesus speaks of God as Father simply and directly, without any of the qualifying phrases which were often used to safeguard the transcendence of God.’
    • ‘Ruane writes well, simply and directly, and succeeds in evoking the atmosphere in Poland during these years.’
    • ‘That company could not have put it more directly or simply than that.’
    • ‘I'd never been asked so directly, so simply, not since I was a child.’
    • ‘It describes the eschatological dimension of faith simply and directly.’
    • ‘Make a mental note of times when you communicated your needs simply and directly.’
    • ‘Its finest moment came when my brother-in-law spoke directly and movingly to his tearing daughter.’
    • ‘Being assertive means expressing yourself simply and directly, speaking for yourself and saying how you feel and what you want.’
    • ‘At certain times, most people find it difficult to communicate honestly, directly and openly with other people.’
    • ‘Such signs of weakness are best challenged immediately, directly, simply.’
    • ‘They dare not assert directly that the same laborers that have been discharged find situations in new branches of labor.’
    frankly, bluntly, straightforwardly, openly, candidly, outspokenly, forthrightly, without beating around the bush, point-blank, matter-of-factly, without prevarication
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  • As soon as.

    ‘she fell asleep directly she got into bed’
    as soon as, the moment, the instant, the second, once, when, immediately after
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