- in a direct way or line; straight
- with nothing or no one between: directly responsible
- exactly; completely: directly opposite
- instantly; right away
- fairly soon; shortly
Chiefly Brit. as soon as
- In a direct line or manner; straight: The road runs directly north.
- Without anyone or anything intervening: directly responsible.
- Exactly or totally: directly opposite.
- At once; instantly: Leave directly.
- Candidly; frankly: answered very directly.
- Chiefly Southern US In a little while; shortly: He'll be coming directly.
As soon as.
(comparative more directly, superlative most directly)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Exactly; just.
- It's directly across the street.
- Straightforwardly; honestly.
- He told me directly that he'd cheated on me, and how sorry he was for it.'
- (dated) Immediately.
- (Midland South) Soon; next; when it becomes convenient.
- We'll go to the store directly, but first I need to finish sweeping.
- As soon as.
direct + -ly.