What does directly mean?

Definitions for directly
dɪˈrɛkt li, daɪ-di·rect·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. directly, straight, directadverb

    without deviation

    "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"

  2. directlyadverb

    without anyone or anything intervening

    "these two factors are directly related"; "he was directly responsible"; "measured the physical properties directly"

  3. immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight off, directly, now, right away, at once, forthwith, like a shotadverb

    without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening

    "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!"

  4. directly, flat, straightadverb

    in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly

    "he didn't answer directly"; "told me straight out"; "came out flat for less work and more pay"


  1. directlyadverb

    in a direct manner; in a straight line or course.

    He drove directly to the office, and didn't stop off at the petrol station.

  2. directlyadverb

    in a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct means.

    I'm sick of asking you to fire him, I'll just do it directly.

  3. directlyadverb

    plainly, without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms.

  4. directlyadverb

    exactly; just.

    It's directly across the street

  5. directlyadverb

    straightforwardly; honestly.

    He told me directly that he'd cheated on me, and how sorry he was for it.

  6. directlyadverb


  7. directlyadverb

    soon; next; when it becomes convenient

    We'll go to the store directly, but first I need to finish sweeping.

  8. directlyconjunction

    As soon as.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Directlyadjective

    Etymology: from direct.

    The more a body is nearer to the eyes, and the more directly it is opposed to them, the more it is enlightened; because the light languishes and lessens the farther it removes from its proper source. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    There was no other place assigned to any of this matter, than that whereinto its own gravity bore it, which was only directly downwards, whereby it obtained that place in the globe which was just underneath. John Woodward, N. Hist. p. 4.

    If the refracted ray be return d directly back to the point of incidence, it shall be refracted by the incident ray. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Infidels being clean without the church, deny directly and utterly reject the very principles of christianity, which hereticks embrace, and erroneously by misconstruction. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 1.

    No man hath hitherto been so impious, as plainly and directly to condemn prayer. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 2.

    By asserting the scripture to be the canon of our faith, I have unavoidably created to myself enemies in the papists directly, because they have kept the scripture from us what they could, and have reserved to themselves a right of interpreting them. John Dryden, Rel. Laici.

    His work directly tends to raise sentiments of honour and virtue in his readers. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    No reason can possibly be assigned, why it is best for the world that God Almighty hath such a power, which doth not directly prove that no mortal man should have the like. Jonathan Swift, on the Sent of a Ch. of Engl. Man.


  1. directly

    Directly is an adverb that generally means in a straight line towards a place or object; without changing direction or stopping; or in a clear and exact manner. It can also mean immediately in time; right after one thing and before another, in series or succession.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Directlyadverb

    in a direct manner; in a straight line or course

  2. Directlyadverb

    in a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct, means

  3. Directlyadverb

    without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms

  4. Directlyadverb

    exactly; just

  5. Directlyadverb

    straightforwardly; honestly

  6. Directlyadverb

    manifestly; openly

  7. Directlyadverb

    straightway; next in order; without delay; immediately

  8. Directlyadverb

    immediately after; as soon as


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Editors Contribution

  1. directlyadverb

    In a direct manner.

    They were joyous and the planned their wedding directly together and created a simple, amazing, fun and united party atmosphere easily with their loving intent.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 2, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'directly' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1140

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'directly' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2224

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'directly' in Adverbs Frequency: #116

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of directly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of directly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of directly in a Sentence

  1. Chez Valenta:

    It was the busiest period in the history of EMSin NYC, FDNY Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Frank Dwyer toldFox News. Calls surged to [the] high 5,000s and over 6,000. The highest one-day number of 911 calls was6,500 on March 30. Paramedics don gowns, gloves, goggles and N95 masks before they enter a home. Six percent of the FDNY’s 4,400 EMS workers are currently on COVID 19 medical leave. We had never seen anything like this before, in terms of magnitude and severity, The Queens-basedparamedic said. In those four weeks, it was really bad. I would finish a call, hit the available button, and Id immediately get another cardiac arrest. It was just like rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat for 16 hours, come back eight hours later, and do it all again. When asked what the hardest part of that four-week stretch was, the paramedic said,Not being able to save most of these people. This was a very dark period for me because no one was coming back, we werent able to resuscitate anyone. I got close once, but that person died too.It was just something I had never experienced at all during this job. It wasmentally exhausting and it was emotionally fatiguing. Dwyer told Fox that the FDNYs Counseling Services Unit (CSU) is available for all first responders. During the pandemic, CSU messaging has been provided to field units on a daily basis, including being sent directly to computers on board ambulances.

  2. Prime Minister Victor Ponta:

    The government's most important project in 2015 is the fiscal code, to which Darius Valcov had and will continue to have a determinant role, i want to ensure everyone this project will go forward at any cost and in any political context. The economic development of the country is directly tied to the approval and enforcement of this new code.

  3. Wafa Hefny:

    They made a council composed of women... and when they want to do anything they consult, this group started sitting directly with the official in charge of women in the Guidance Bureau. This is present now as a link between base and summit... They are treating women now as the ones who can take the pulse of what can and cannot be done. This is an excellent step for women.

  4. Kamala Harris:

    I love people, and there’s so much that we are doing that is directly impacting and with the people in mind, and I have always felt that my responsibility as an elected leader is to go to the people, especially when their needs must be addressed, and they must know that they are being seen and being heard.

  5. Advocacy Director Dr. Courtney Radsch:

    Our sources indicate that they are both still in detention. We have not heard from them directly.

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Translations for directly

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  • непосредствено, веднага, директно, точно, прякоBulgarian
  • directamentCatalan, Valencian
  • přímoCzech
  • unmittelbar, gerade, direktGerman
  • rekte, direkteEsperanto
  • directamenteSpanish
  • به طور مستقیمPersian
  • directementFrench
  • [[go]] [[díreach]]Irish
  • ուղիղ, ուղղակիArmenian
  • 直接Japanese
  • یه‌کسه‌رKurdish
  • eerlijk, dadelijk, zo, rechtuit, meteen, zodadelijk, direct, rechtstreeks, onomwonden, zondermeerDutch
  • diretamentePortuguese
  • непосре́дственно, ско́ро, без обиняко́в, напряму́ю, то́чно, че́стно, вско́ре, пря́мо, открове́нноRussian
  • direktSwedish
  • براہ راستUrdu

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