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directly

adverb uk   /daɪˈrekt.li/ /dɪ-/ us  

directly adverb (STRAIGHT)

B1 without anything else being involved or in between: Our hotel room was directly above a construction site. The disease is directly linked to poor drainage systems. The sun shone directly in my eyes.
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directly adverb (HONEST)

B2 honestly, even when it might make people feel uncomfortable: Let me answer that question directly. "Did you tell him to go?" "Not directly, no."

directly adverb (SOON)

old-fashioned or formal very soon: Dr Schwarz will be with you directly. old-fashioned immediately: When you get home you're going directly to bed.

directly

conjunction uk   /daɪˈrekt.li/ /dɪ-/ UK us  
formal immediately after: Directly he was paid, he went out shopping. formal as soon as: I'll be with you directly I've finished this letter.
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