from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a direct line or manner; straight: The road runs directly north.
  • adv. Without anyone or anything intervening: directly responsible.
  • adv. Exactly or totally: directly opposite.
  • adv. At once; instantly: Leave directly.
  • adv. Candidly; frankly: answered very directly.
  • adv. Chiefly Southern U.S. In a little while; shortly: He'll be coming directly.
  • conj. Chiefly British As soon as.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. in a direct manner; in a straight line or course.
  • adv. in a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct means.
  • adv. plainly, without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms.
  • adv. exactly; just.
  • adv. straightforwardly; honestly.
  • adv. immediately
  • adv. soon; next; when it becomes convenient
  • conj. As soon as.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a direct manner; in a straight line or course.
  • adv. In a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct, means.
  • adv. Without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms.
  • adv. Exactly; just.
  • adv. Straightforwardly; honestly.
  • adv. Manifestly; openly.
  • adv. Straightway; next in order; without delay; immediately.
  • adv. Immediately after; as soon as.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a straight line or course, literally or figuratively; in the natural and primitive way: as, aim directly at the object; gravity tends directly to the center of the earth.
  • In a direct manner; without the intervention of any medium; immediately.
  • Straightway; without delay; immediately; at once; presently: as, he will be with us directly.
  • Clearly; unmistakably; expressly; without circumlocution or ambiguity.
  • Promptly, instantly, quickly.
  • Absolutely, unambiguously.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. without deviation
  • adv. in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly
  • adv. without anyone or anything intervening
  • adv. without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

direct +‎ -ly.


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