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 (dĭ-rĕkt′lē, dī-)
1. In a direct line or manner; straight: The road runs directly north.
2. Without anyone or anything intervening: directly responsible.
3. Exactly or totally: directly opposite.
4. At once; instantly: Leave directly.
5. Candidly; frankly: answered very directly.
6. Chiefly Southern US In a little while; shortly: He'll be coming directly.
conj. Chiefly British
As soon as.


(dɪˈrɛktlɪ; daɪ-)
1. in a direct manner
2. at once; without delay
3. (foll by: before or after) immediately; just
(subordinating) as soon as: we left directly the money arrived.


(dɪˈrɛkt li, daɪ-)

1. in a direct line, way, or manner; straight.
2. at once; without delay.
3. shortly; soon.
4. exactly; precisely: directly opposite the store.
5. openly or frankly; candidly: to speak directly.
6. Math. in direct proportion.
7. as soon as: Directly he arrived, he sat down.
syn: See immediately.


1. 'directly' and 'direct': giving, receiving, and communicating

If one thing or person interacts directly with another thing or person, there is nothing or nobody between them.

We deal directly with our suppliers.
Plants get their energy directly from the sun.
I shall be writing to you directly in the next few days.

Instead of saying that you receive something 'directly' from someone, you can say that you receive it direct from them.

Other money comes direct from industry.

Similarly, instead of saying that one person writes 'directly' to another, you can say that they write direct to them.

I should have written direct to the manager.
2. 'directly' and 'direct': movement

If you go directly to a place, you go there by the shortest possible route, without stopping anywhere else.

I spent a few days in New York, then went directly to my apartment in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

You can also say that someone goes direct to a place.

Why hadn't he gone direct to his office?

Be Careful!
If you can travel to a place by one plane, train, or bus, without changing to another plane, train, or bus, don't say that you can go there 'directly'. You say that you can go there direct.

You can't go to Manchester direct. You have to change trains at Birmingham.
3. 'directly': looking at something

If you look straight at a person or thing, you can say that you are looking directly at them.

She turned her head and looked directly at them.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'direct' with this meaning.

4. 'directly': position

If something is directly above, below, opposite, or in front of something else, it is exactly in that position.

The sun was almost directly overhead.
I took a seat directly opposite the governor.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'direct' with this meaning.

5. 'directly': saying when something happens

If something happens directly after something else, it happens immediately after it.

Directly after the meeting, a senior cabinet minister spoke to the BBC.

In British English (but not American English), directly is also used as a conjunction to say that one thing happens immediately after another.

Directly he heard the door close, he picked up the telephone.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'direct' with this meaning.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.directly - without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"
2.directly - without anyone or anything intervening; "these two factors are directly related"; "he was directly responsible"; "measured the physical properties directly"
3.directly - without delay or hesitationdirectly - 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 - 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"
indirectly - not in a forthright manner; "he answered very indirectly"


1. straight, unswervingly, without deviation, by the shortest route, in a beeline The plane will fly the hostages directly back home.
2. immediately, promptly, instantly, right away, straightaway, speedily, instantaneously, pronto (informal), pdq (slang) Directly after the meeting, an official appealed on television
3. (Old-fashioned) at once, presently, soon, quickly, as soon as possible, in a second, straightaway, forthwith, posthaste He'll be there directly.
4. in person, personally, at first hand We could do nothing directly to help them
5. honestly, openly, frankly, plainly, face-to-face, overtly, point-blank, unequivocally, truthfully, candidly, unreservedly, straightforwardly, straight from the shoulder (informal), without prevarication She explained simply and directly what she hoped to achieve.


1. In a direct line:
2. Without intermediary:
3. With precision or absolute conformity:
Slang: smack-dab.
بصورَةٍ مَباشِرهفَورا، حالا، مُباشَرَةًمُبَاشَرَةً
direkteligemed det samme
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1. (= exactly) → justo
directly above/below sth/sbjusto encima de/debajo de algo/algn
directly opposite sth/sbjusto enfrente de algo/algn
the sun was directly overheadel sol caía de pleno
2. (= straight) [go, fly, look, pay] → directamente
my salary is paid directly into my accountme ingresan el sueldo directamente en mi cuenta
he was looking directly at me when he said itme estaba mirando directamente a la cara cuando lo dijo
3. (= personally) [affect] → directamente
this decision doesn't affect us directlyesta decisión no nos afecta directamente
I hold you directly responsible for this!¡te considero el responsable directo de esto!
4. (= immediately) → inmediatamente
directly after/before sthinmediatamente después de/antes de algo
the two murders are not directly related or linkedlos dos asesinatos no están directamente relacionados
to be directly descended from sbdescender directamente de algn, descender de algn por línea directa
5. (= shortly) → enseguida, de inmediato
she will be here directlyvendrá enseguida or de inmediato
6. (= frankly) [speak, explain] → con franqueza
B. CONJ (esp Brit) (= as soon as) → en cuanto
directly he heard the door close he picked up the telephoneen cuanto oyó cerrarse la puerta cogió el teléfono
directly you hear it,en cuanto lo oigas, ...


[daɪˈrɛktli dɪˈrɛktli] adv
(= exactly) → exactement, juste
to be directly above → être juste au-dessus
to be directly above sb/sth → être juste au-dessus de qn/qch
to be directly below → être juste au-dessous
to be directly below sb/sth → être juste au-dessous de qn/qch
directly opposite [stand, stop] → juste en face
directly opposite sb/sth → juste en face de qn/qch
(= straight) → directement, tout droit
to open directly onto → s'ouvrir directement sur
to look directly onto [window, house] → donner directement sur
directly because of (= as a direct consequence of) → précisément à cause de
(= at once) → tout de suite, immédiatement
directly after → tout de suite après
directly after sb/sth → juste après qn/qch


direkt; above, below, opposite, relateddirekt, unmittelbar; to be directly linked or connected (to something)in einem direkten or unmittelbaren Zusammenhang (mit etw) stehen; A is not directly related to Bzwischen A und B besteht kein direkter Zusammenhang; he is directly descended from Xer stammt in direkter Linie von X ab; directly responsibleunmittelbar verantwortlich
(= bluntly) saydirekt, offen; refuse, denyglatt
(= at once)sofort; (= shortly)gleich
conj (= as soon as)sobald; he’ll come directly he’s readyer kommt, sobald er fertig ist


1. adv (gen) → direttamente; (at once) → subito; (descended) → in linea diretta; (frankly, speak) → con franchezza, senza peli sulla lingua; (completely, opposite) → proprio
2. conj(non) appena
he'll come directly he's ready → verrà non appena sarà pronto


(diˈrekt) adjective
1. straight; following the quickest and shortest way. Is this the most direct route?
2. (of manner etc) straightforward and honest. a direct answer.
3. occurring as an immediate result. His dismissal was a direct result of his rudeness to the manager.
4. exact; complete. Her opinions are the direct opposite of his.
5. in an unbroken line of descent from father to son etc. He is a direct descendant of Napoleon.
1. to point, aim or turn in a particular direction. He directed my attention towards the notice.
2. to show the way to. She directed him to the station.
3. to order or instruct. We will do as you direct.
4. to control or organize. A policeman was directing the traffic; to direct a film.
diˈrection (-ʃən) noun
1. (the) place or point to which one moves, looks etc. What direction did he go in?; They were heading in my direction (= towards me); I'll find my way all right – I've a good sense of direction.
2. guidance. They are under your direction.
3. (in plural) instructions (eg on how to get somewhere, use something etc). We asked the policeman for directions; I have lost the directions for this washing-machine.
4. the act of aiming or turning (something or someone) towards a certain point.
diˈrectional adjective
diˈrective (-tiv) noun
a general instruction from a higher authority about what is to be done etc.
diˈrectly adverb
1. in a direct manner. I went directly to the office.
2. almost at once. He will be here directly.
diˈrectness noun
diˈrector noun
a person or thing that directs, eg one of a group of persons who manage the affairs of a business or a person who is in charge of the making of a film, play etc. He is on the board of directors of our firm; The producer and the director quarrelled about the film.
diˈrectoryplural diˈrectories noun
a type of book giving names and addresses etc. a telephone directory.


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March was herself again directly, read the message over, and stretched out her arms to her daughters, saying, in a tone they never forgot, "I shall go at once, but it may be too late.
From the windows of his own room he could not see directly into the barnyard where the farm hands had now all assembled to do the morning shores, but he could hear the voices of the men and the neighing of the horses.
This is a town of about three thousand inhabitants, with an excellent harbor and a big pier along which vessels can tie up and discharge their cargoes directly into waiting cars.
Both rooms were plastered and whitewashed--the plaster laid directly upon the earth walls, as it used to be in dugouts.
She understood French imperfectly unless directly addressed, and the voices were only part of the other drowsy, muffled sounds lulling her senses.
The Indians warily retraced their steps toward the place they had left, when the scout, placing his pole against a rock, by a powerful shove, sent his frail bark directly into the turbulent stream.
There is one end of the room where it is almost intact, and there, when the crosslights fade and the low sun shines directly upon it, I can almost fancy radiation after all,--the interminable grotesques seem to form around a common centre and rush off in headlong plunges of equal distraction.
Owing to the projection of the upper story--and still more to the thick shadow of the Pyncheon Elm, which stood almost directly in front of the gable--the twilight, here, was still as much akin to night as morning.
Sagaciously under their spectacles, did they peep into the holds of vessels Mighty was their fuss about little matters, and marvellous, sometimes, the obtuseness that allowed greater ones to slip between their fingers Whenever such a mischance occurred -- when a waggon-load of valuable merchandise had been smuggled ashore, at noonday, perhaps, and directly beneath their unsuspicious noses -- nothing could exceed the vigilance and alacrity with which they proceeded to lock, and double-lock, and secure with tape and sealing -- wax, all the avenues of the delinquent vessel.
What I was doing was what he had earnestly hoped and directly asked of me, and that I COULD, after all, do it proved even a greater joy than I had expected.
We assembled together before dawn on the 14th and started directly it was light enough to move.
She then proceeded to say a good deal more than she felt, of the advantage of such an addition to their confined society in Surry; the pleasure of looking at somebody new; the galaday to Highbury entire, which the sight of him would have made; and ending with reflections on the Churchills again, found herself directly involved in a disagreement with Mr.

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