What is the meaning of directly?


  • Without deviation.
    • usage: "the path leads directly to the lake"; "went direct to the office"
  • Without anyone or anything intervening.
    • usage: "these two factors are directly related"; "he was directly responsible"; "measured the physical properties directly"
  • Without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening.
    • usage: "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now"
  • In a forthright manner; candidly or frankly.
    • usage: "he didn't answer directly"; "told me straight out"; "came out flat for less work and more pay"
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APAWordNet. (2010). directly. Retrieved April 20, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/directly/definitions/1251232
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "directly" http://smartdefine.org/directly/definitions/1251232 (accessed April 20, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, directly, Smart Define, viewed 20 April, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/directly/definitions/1251232>.
MLAWordNet. "directly" 23 October 2010. Web. 20 April 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/directly/definitions/1251232>
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