directly Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “directly” in the English Dictionary

"directly" in British English

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uk   us   /daɪˈ /dɪ-/

directly adverb (STRAIGHT)

B1 without anything ​else being ​involved or in between: Our ​hotelroom was directly above a ​constructionsite. The ​disease is directly ​linked to ​poordrainagesystems. The ​sunshone directly in my ​eyes.
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directly adverb (HONEST)

B2 honestly, ​even when it might make ​peoplefeeluncomfortable: 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.


uk   us   /daɪˈ /dɪ-/ UK
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.
(Definition of directly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"directly" in American English

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directlyadverb [not gradable]

 us   /dəˈrek·tli, dɑɪ-/

directly adverb [not gradable] (SOON)

very ​soon or ​immediately: Dr. Schwartz will be with you directly.

directly adverb [not gradable] (STRAIGHT)

without anything coming in between: He went directly ​home (= without ​stoppinganywhere first).
(Definition of directly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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