directly


directly
di|rect|ly1 W2S2 [dıˈrektli, daı-] adv
1.) with no other person, action, process etc between
≠ ↑indirectly
The new property tax law won't directly affect us.
We hope to bring together the countries directly involved in the conflict.
directly to/from
Application for admission to this course should be made directly to the University.
2.) exactly in a particular position or direction
= ↑right
directly in front of/behind/under etc sth
It was a small house, directly behind the church.
The girl was sitting directly opposite him.
Have you noticed how he never looks directly at you?
3.) speak/ask/answer etc directly
to say exactly what you mean without trying to hide anything
Jeff has a job in mind, but refuses to say directly what it is.
4.) BrE old-fashioned very soon
He should be here directly, if you don't mind waiting.
5.) BrE old-fashioned immediately
directly 2
directly2 conj BrE old-fashioned
as soon as
I came directly I got your message.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • directly — index instantly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • directly — ► ADVERB 1) in a direct manner. 2) exactly in a specified position. 3) immediately. ► CONJUNCTION Brit. ▪ as soon as …   English terms dictionary

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  • 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… …   English dictionary

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