• IPA: /dɪˈɹɛk(t)li/, /daɪˈɹɛk(t)li/


  1. In a direct manner; in a straight line or course.
    He drove directly to the office, and didn't stop off at the petrol station.
  2. In a straightforward way; without anything intervening; not by secondary, but by direct means.
    I'm sick of asking you to fire him, I'll just do it directly.
  3. Plainly, without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in express terms.
    I'm going to tell Natalie directly that I love her.
    To put it more directly: he's not 'made redundant' but sacked.
  4. Exactly; just.
    It's directly across the street.
  5. Straightforwardly; honestly.
    He told me directly that he'd cheated on me, and how sorry he was for it.
  6. (dated) Immediately.
  7. (South Midlands) Soon; next; when it becomes convenient.
    We'll go to the store directly, but first I need to finish sweeping.
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  • Russian: то́чно
  • Russian: пря́мо
  • Russian: ско́ро
  1. As soon as; immediately.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 725:
      Tenderly, reluctantly, he took his leave of her, promising that he would contact her directly he got back, perhaps in ten days or so.
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 463:
      He is to go to Calais, directly this is over, to replace Lord Berners as governor [...].

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