directly


directly
I UK [dɪˈrek(t)lɪ] / US / UK [daɪˈrek(t)lɪ] / US adverb ***
1) in a way that involves only the two people or things mentioned, with no one or nothing else coming in between

I prefer to deal directly with the manager.

I am holding you directly responsible for this.

This will contribute directly to the strength of the economy.

Many problems can be directly linked to the decline in manufacturing.

2) going straight to a place and not stopping or changing direction on the way there

His British lawyer arrived at Frankfurt airport this morning and went directly to the prison.

Patrick took Jane by the elbows and looked directly into her eyes.

3) exactly

The post office is directly opposite the town hall.

There was no light on in the room directly above.

4) in a very clear and honest way that shows what you really think

Jackson avoided saying directly that he disapproved of the proposals.

5) immediately

He left the office directly after the meeting.

6) old-fashioned in a short time

The manager will be with you directly.


II UK [dɪˈrektlɪ] / US / UK [daɪˈrektlɪ] / US conjunction British
as soon as

I came directly I heard what had happened.


English dictionary. 2014.

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