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Meaning of DIRECTLY

Pronunciation:  di'rektlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  without delay; with no time intervening; "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!"
  2. [adv]  without deviation; "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"
  3. [adv]  in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly; "he didn't answer directly"; "told me straight out"; "came out flat for less work and more pay"
  4. [adv]  without anyone or anything intervening; "these two factors are directly related"; "he was directly responsible"; "measured the physical properties directly"

DIRECTLY is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: at once, direct, flat, forthwith, immediately, in real time, instantly, now, right away, straight, straight off, straightaway
 Antonyms: indirectly



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Di*rect"ly\, adv.
1. In a direct manner; in a straight line or course. ``To run
   directly on.'' --Shak.

         Indirectly and directly too Thou hast contrived
         against the very life Of the defendant. --Shak.

2. In a straightforward way; without anything intervening;
   not by secondary, but by direct, means.

3. Without circumlocution or ambiguity; absolutely; in
   express terms.

         No man hath hitherto been so impious as plainly and
         directly to condemn prayer.           --Hooker.

4. Exactly; just.

         Stand you directly in Antonius' way.  --Shak.

5. Straightforwardly; honestly.

         I have dealt most directly in thy affair. --Shak.

6. Manifestly; openly. [Obs.]

         Desdemona is directly in love with him. --Shak.

7. Straightway; next in order; without delay; immediately.
   ``Will she go now to bed?' ?Directly.''' --Shak.

8. Immediately after; as soon as.

         Directly he stopped, the coffin was removed.

Note: This use of the word is common in England, especially
      in colloquial speech, but it can hardly be regarded as
      a well-sanctioned or desirable use.

{Directly proportional} (Math.), proportional in the order of
   the terms; increasing or decreasing together, and with a
   constant ratio; -- opposed to {inversely proportional}.

Syn: Immediately; forthwith; straightway; instantly;
     instantaneously; soon; promptly; openly; expressly.

Usage: -- {Directly}, {Immediately}, {Instantly},
       {Instantaneously}. Directly denotes, without any delay
       or diversion of attention; immediately implies,
       without any interposition of other occupation;
       instantly implies, without any intervention of time.
       Hence, ``I will do it directly,'' means, ``I will go
       straightway about it.'' ``I will do it immediately,''
       means, ``I will do it as the very next thing.'' ``I
       will do it instantly,'' allows not a particle of
       delay. Instantaneously, like instantly, marks an
       interval too small to be appreciable, but commonly
       relates to physical causes; as, the powder touched by
       fire instantaneously exploded.

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