directly: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (di-rekt'lē, dī-), [key]
— adv.
  1. in a direct line, way, or manner; straight: The path leads directly to the lake.
  2. at once; without delay; immediately: Do that directly.
  3. shortly; soon: They will be here directly.
  4. exactly; precisely: directly opposite the store.
  5. without intervening space; next in order: The truck was parked directly behind my car.
  6. openly or frankly; candidly: He didn't hesitate to speak directly about his debts.
  7. in direct proportion.
  1. as soon as: Directly he arrived, he mentioned the subject.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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