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directly

Directly means "without changing direction." When you head directly for the food at a party, you walk straight to the snack table, without stopping to chat on the way.

The adverb directly is useful for talking about something you do in a precise, immediate way, without pausing or getting sidetracked. If you land "go to jail" when you're playing Monopoly, you have to go directly to jail, and if you arrive late at the airport, you'll want to run directly to your gate. In the 1500's, directly meant "in a straight line," from the Latin root word directus, "straight."

Definitions of directly
  1. adverb
    without deviation
    “the path leads directly to the lake”
    synonyms: direct, straight
  2. adverb
    without anyone or anything intervening
    “these two factors are directly related”
    “he was directly responsible”
    “measured the physical properties directly
  3. adverb
    without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
  4. adverb
    in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly
    “he didn't answer directly
    synonyms: flat, straight
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    Antonyms:
    indirectly, obliquely
    not in a forthright manner
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