Definition of directly in English:



  • 1Without changing direction or stopping.

    ‘they went directly to the restaurant’
    • ‘We may skip the hocus-pocus part of the article and go directly to its conclusions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once there, I was taken directly to the Jeep, which was magically parked in a covered parking space.’
    • ‘It feels like stepping into one's office directly from the breakfast table.’
    • ‘Chances are, the pilot in extremis simply wants to go directly to an airport or other navaid.’
    • ‘The annual West of Ireland Pilgrimage to Fatima in October will once again this year fly directly from Knock Airport to Lisbon.’
    • ‘Once inside, our way led us directly to the kitchen for early breakfast.’
    • ‘Later after breakfast, Mallory went directly to her room and turned on her stereo to max loudness.’
    • ‘You can avoid this frustration, and reduce your risk of collision, by simply heading directly to the top floors.’
    • ‘Christian then told officers that he immediately flew directly to Thailand and went straight to Pattaya.’
    • ‘McLeish was asked why the Frenchman had not simply flown directly to England, rather than using Glasgow as a connecting airport.’
    • ‘If you are a man reading this, you may skip it immediately and go directly to the Hillary column!’
    • ‘Follow the waymarked path straight ahead heading directly for the right-hand side of the farm below.’
    • ‘Sweetened syrup is also sent directly to restaurants and fast-food chains where it is sold to the public as a fountain drink.’
    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.’
      • ‘Measurements and data were obtained directly after the instant photographs were taken.’
      • ‘We arrived at the restaurant and were directly taken to the table I had called up and reserved a few nights before.’
      • ‘The new Cabinet was sworn in directly after the conclusion of the vote.’
      • ‘The next morning, Elizabeth left for the market directly after breakfast as Odessa had ordered.’
      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’
    • ‘Around 500 workers at the complex employed either directly by Scottish Coal or through contractors have lost their jobs.’
    • ‘The sale, transfer or probate of a property that is held directly can be complex, costly and lengthy.’
    • ‘Poverty in itself does not immediately and directly lead to conflict, let alone to terrorism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the first place, Bane and Mead agree that theological premises do not directly yield policy conclusions.’
    • ‘So is it your conclusion that it is directly related to these ads?’
    • ‘The apartment came with a 16 ft thoroughly private garden looking directly over the ocean.’
    • ‘All of these issues aside, we are responsible for making decisions that directly affect our aircraft.’
    • ‘About two years ago Bill did finally become directly involved in film-making.’
    • ‘It is not historical fact, but may allow us to describe and relate historical facts too complex to confront directly.’
    • ‘And the markets are increasingly being used to supply hotels, restaurants and even schools directly.’
    • ‘Gravitational force is immediate, it acts directly via physical space.’
    • ‘Evan would fall completely silent whenever Jeff was around, and Jeff never once addressed him directly.’
    • ‘The report concludes that they contribute directly to the high bed occupancy and blocked access to acute beds.’
    • ‘These programs certainly do not directly reduce poverty, nor will they immediately cut down the stocks of government debts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fortunately, we don't have to deal directly with the credit union much more than once a quarter.’
    • ‘Once up and running, the Government funds them directly and the sponsor controls the academy independently of the local authority.’
    • ‘Only in a couple of instances was flooding directly linked to unusual or extreme rainfall or a storm.’
    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’
      • ‘The grill of her car gently tapped his lower half as it finally rolled to a complete stop directly in front of him.’
      • ‘The family were living in the rented house because their own house, directly opposite the rented house, was under renovation.’
      • ‘He was just about to catch her when she doubled back, directly under his nose.’
      • ‘It will be moved to a position almost directly opposite the present one, but it will be much better and safer.’
      • ‘He soon discovers a newly opened video store operating directly across the road and decides to investigate.’
      • ‘The first on the left is overflow parking, and the second on the right is the park directly outside the restaurant.’
      • ‘They would sandwich it, and as soon as the Dark ship was directly in between the two Allied ships, one of them would fire.’
      • ‘Once you find and touch the key, which sits directly under the statue of the Buddha, you will attain paradise.’
      • ‘When the subject is directly opposite your position pop the shutter, while still continuing to turn your body in time with the subject.’
      • ‘He turned directly towards me and firmly planted both feet together with a small smile.’
      • ‘Grasp the barbell with a grip just outside shoulder width, and lift it into position directly above your chest.’
      • ‘Johen bent down, then finally squatted directly in front of the horse to look at its front legs for himself.’
      • ‘His eyes tried desperately to adjust to the light, and soon found a ray of light directly underneath his eyes.’
      • ‘In an instant she stood directly before him, her eyes blazing up into his face.’
      • ‘Like conventional wet fly fishing, once the fly is directly downstream don't be in too much of a hurry to lift off.’
      • ‘After a while of walking and thinking, the two of them had stopped directly before the restaurant.’
      • ‘It was all chaos and smoke after a car or truck bomb exploded directly beneath the window where I had once slept.’
      • ‘There was a bright light positioned directly above him, three of them to be exact.’
      • ‘Two Libyan students who live directly under the flat where Stephen Oake was murdered were allowed to return for the first time last night.’
      • ‘Colors positioned directly opposite one another on the wheel have the most contrast.’
      exactly, immediately, precisely, right, squarely, just, dead
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  • 3In a frank way.

    ‘she spoke simply and directly’
    • ‘Such signs of weakness are best challenged immediately, directly, simply.’
    • ‘I'd never been asked so directly, so simply, not since I was a child.’
    • ‘Now the audience is shown clearly and directly what you can expect if you win.’
    • ‘That company could not have put it more directly or simply than that.’
    • ‘The video is hilarious, ultra-sexy and yet manages to speak honestly and directly about a sensitive and important issue.’
    • ‘She was neither muscled nor cruel, but yet had an exacting eye for detail and always spoke directly and bluntly.’
    • ‘It describes the eschatological dimension of faith simply and directly.’
    • ‘Make a mental note of times when you communicated your needs simply and directly.’
    • ‘At certain times, most people find it difficult to communicate honestly, directly and openly with other people.’
    • ‘Being assertive means expressing yourself simply and directly, speaking for yourself and saying how you feel and what you want.’
    • ‘Its finest moment came when my brother-in-law spoke directly and movingly to his tearing daughter.’
    • ‘The Beggar's Opera spoke directly to an audience with a strong dramatic tradition in which music had played a secondary role.’
    • ‘I like love poetry because most of the time it's using language directly and clearly.’
    • ‘They dare not assert directly that the same laborers that have been discharged find situations in new branches of labor.’
    • ‘The monks tend to respond to their questioners simply 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.’
    • ‘Ruane writes well, simply and directly, and succeeds in evoking the atmosphere in Poland during these years.’
    • ‘But none of these spoke so directly to me about my life and times.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a remarkable story, written clearly and directly.’
    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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