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.

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. Lorne Baring:

    Geopolitical risk, including acts of terrorism which directly affect trade or movement, remains a significant risk factor to monitor, in a period where there is suboptimal growth both in Europe and globally, combined with equity valuations that are no longer cheap, there exists an environment which is susceptible to shocks that can act as a trigger for falls in asset prices.

  2. Chief James Craig:

    The family certainly had some concerns about what they would have to pay to get their vehicle out. The city paid for those fees because we believe the way that young lady was treated was inappropriate, i spoke directly to the mother, apologized and advised her that we would be releasing that vehicle.

  3. Johannes Hahn:

    This assistance comes at a very important time for Bosnia, it will support the EU's renewed approach and the implementation of reforms that will directly impact citizens and help the country move forward on the path to the EU.

  4. Steve Sisolak:

    Your voices, your involvement, your thoughts are an important part of great schools. I will always support a strong parent involvement in making our education the best it can be, i really believe the future of our state is directly tied to the quality of our schools. Last year, I worked with the legislature to commit $200 million to get our students caught up after the pandemic.

  5. Anthony Fauci:

    Right now, we're getting the material together with our South African colleagues to get a situation where you could actually directly test it. So, right now you're talking about sort of like a red flag that this might be an issue -- but we don't know, you want to find out if in fact it does evade the vaccines that we're doing.

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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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    difficult or impossible to perceive or discern
    • A. equivalent
    • B. butch
    • C. incumbent
    • D. indiscernible

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