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English definition of “directly”

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 building site. The disease is directly linked to poor drainage systems. The sun shone directly in my eyes.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen

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."Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendly

directly adverb (SOON)

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

directly

conjunction uk   /daɪˈrekt.li/ /dɪ-/ us  
formal immediately after: Directly he was paid, he went out shopping.Serious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad formal as soon as: I'll be with you directly I've finished this letter.Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence
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