Meaning of DIRECTLY in English


I. də-ˈrek(t)-lē, dī-, in sense 2 esp də-ˈrek-lē or ˈdrek-lē adverb

Date: 15th century


a. : in a direct manner

directly relevant

the road runs directly east and west

b. : in immediate physical contact

c. : in the manner of direct variation


a. : without delay : immediately

the second game followed directly after the first

b. : in a little while : shortly

we'll be leaving directly

II. də-ˈrek(t)-lē, dī-; ˈdrek-lē conjunction

Date: 1795

chiefly British : immediately after : as soon as

directly I received it I rang up the shipping company — F. W. Crofts

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