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Meaning & Definition of Directly in English

English

Directly

/dərɛktli/

adverb

1. Without deviation

  • "The path leads directly to the lake"
  • "Went direct to the office"
    synonym:
  • directly
  • ,
  • straight
  • ,
  • direct

2. Without anyone or anything intervening

  • "These two factors are directly related"
  • "He was directly responsible"
  • "Measured the physical properties directly"
    synonym:
  • directly

3. Without delay or hesitation

  • With no time intervening
  • "He answered immediately"
  • "Found an answer straightaway"
  • "An official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"
  • "Come here now!"
    synonym:
  • immediately
  • ,
  • instantly
  • ,
  • straightaway
  • ,
  • straight off
  • ,
  • directly
  • ,
  • now
  • ,
  • right away
  • ,
  • at once
  • ,
  • forthwith
  • ,
  • like a shot

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • directly
  • ,
  • flat
  • ,
  • straight

Examples of using

The infrastructure of an application is directly related to its overall performance.
We were directly in the path of the storm.
Why don't you ask him directly?