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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.
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(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.
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(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.
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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.

Collins COBUILD English Usage © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 2004, 2011, 2012
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"
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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.
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1. In a direct line:
2. Without intermediary:
3. With precision or absolute conformity:
Slang: smack-dab.
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بصورَةٍ مَباشِرهفَورا، حالا، مُباشَرَةًمُبَاشَرَةً
direkteligemed det samme
một cách trực tiếp


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, ...
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[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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


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
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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
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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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مُبَاشَرَةً přímo direkte direkt κατευθείαν directamente suoraan directement izravno direttamente 直接に 직접 rechtstreeks direkte bezpośrednio diretamente прямо direkt โดยตรง doğrudan doğruya một cách trực tiếp 直接地
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References in classic literature ?
"Directly from Brindisi; she takes on the Indian mails there, and she left there Saturday at five p.m.
A passing cab was stopped directly. Emily accompanied him to the gate.
In the next place, seeing the savages were all come on shore, and that they had bent their course directly that way, they opened the fences where the milch cows were kept, and drove them all out; leaving their goats to straggle in the woods, whither they pleased, that the savages might think they were all bred wild; but the rogue who came with them was too cunning for that, and gave them an account of it all, for they went directly to the place.
When, therefore, she came to the place of appointment, and, instead of meeting her maid, as was agreed, saw a man ride directly up to her, she neither screamed out nor fainted away: not that her pulse then beat with its usual regularity; for she was, at first, under some surprize and apprehension: but these were relieved almost as soon as raised, when the man, pulling off his hat, asked her, in a very submissive manner, "If her ladyship did not expect to meet another lady?" and then proceeded to inform her that he was sent to conduct her to that lady.
And all the time we were being driven off into the north-east, directly away from Japan and toward bleak Bering Sea.
But such a war does not fit in under any rule and is directly opposed to a well-known rule of tactics which is accepted as infallible.
But, on the other hand, directly she thought of the future with Vronsky, there arose before her a perspective of brilliant happiness; with Levin the future seemed misty.
Upon placing the magnet erect, with its attracting end towards the earth, the island descends; but when the repelling extremity points downwards, the island mounts directly upwards.
They marched directly across the arena toward the rocks upon the opposite side, where, spreading their bat-like wings, they rose above the high wall of the pit, settling down upon the bowlders above.
And so she began inquiring after her directly, saying, `I know you cannot have heard from Jane lately, because it is not her time for writing;' and when I immediately said, `But indeed we have, we had a letter this very morning,' I do not know that I ever saw any body more surprized.
And after thinking it all over and over again, he said, it seemed to him as if, now he had no fortune, and no nothing at all, it would be quite unkind to keep her on to the engagement, because it must be for her loss, for he had nothing but two thousand pounds, and no hope of any thing else; and if he was to go into orders, as he had some thoughts, he could get nothing but a curacy, and how was they to live upon that?--He could not bear to think of her doing no better, and so he begged, if she had the least mind for it, to put an end to the matter directly, and leave him shift for himself.
In 1845, Maizan, the French explorer, disembarked, alone, at Bagamayo, directly opposite to Zanzibar, and got as far as Deje-la-Mhora, where the chief caused him to be put to death in the most cruel torment.

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