Meaning of “directly” in the English Dictionary

"directly" in British English

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uk /daɪˈ /dɪˈ us /daɪˈ /dɪˈ

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."


uk /daɪˈ /dɪˈ us /daɪˈ /dɪˈ UK

(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 stopping anywhere first).

(Definition of “directly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)