Definition of direly in US English:

direly

adverb

  • See dire

    • ‘This scene sets the seriocomic mood - the ends of getting laid seem direly serious, but the means are laughable - and introduces the conflict that initially propels the plot.’
    • ‘Well, the airport is now direly underused - only 300 passengers go through it every day - and, not surprisingly, it's a continual money-loser.’
    • ‘It is also very positive that leaders are making the right noises at this very crucial transitional time in our history, and hopefully this will be the start of inner-party reconciliation, which is so direly needed right now.’
    • ‘Since much of the economic activity, at this time, and as acknowledged time and time again, is directed by Government, if the corridors are correct, then it is time for corrective measures that are direly needed.’
    • ‘In that year, he direly forecasts, ‘you're either going to have to raise the taxes of the people or reduce the benefits.’’

Pronunciation

direly

/ˈdīrlē//ˈdaɪrli/