directly

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/daɪˈrɛktli/, /dɪˈrɛktli/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/dɪˈrɛktli, daɪ-/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(di rektlē, dī-)



WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
directly - direct
‘directly’ and ‘direct’: giving, receiving, and communicating
If one thing or person interacts directly with another thing or person, there is nothing or nobody between them.
We deal directly with our suppliers.
Plants get their energy directly from the sun.
I shall be writing to you directly in the next few days.
Instead of saying that you receive something ‘directly’ from someone, you can say that you receive it direct from them.
Other money comes direct from industry.
Similarly, instead of saying that one person writes ‘directly’ to another, you can say that they write direct to them.
I should have written direct to the manager.
‘directly’ and ‘direct’: movement
If you go directly to a place, you go there by the shortest possible route, without stopping anywhere else.
I spent a few days in New York, then went directly to my apartment in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
You can also say that someone goes direct to a place.
Why hadn't he gone direct to his office?
Be careful
If you can travel to a place by one plane, train, or bus, without changing to another plane, train, or bus, don't say that you can go there ‘directly’. You say that you can go there direct.
You can't go to Manchester direct. You have to change trains at Birmingham.
‘directly’: looking at something
If you look straight at a person or thing, you can say that you are looking directly at them.
She turned her head and looked directly at them.
Be careful
Don't use ‘direct’ with this meaning.
‘directly’: position
If something is directly above, below, opposite, or in front of something else, it is exactly in that position.
The sun was almost directly overhead.
I took a seat directly opposite the governor.
Be careful
Don't use ‘direct’ with this meaning.
‘directly’: saying when something happens
If something happens directly after something else, it happens immediately after it.
Directly after the meeting, a senior cabinet minister spoke to the BBC.
In British English (but not American English), directly is also used as a conjunction to say that one thing happens immediately after another.
Directly he heard the door close, he picked up the telephone.
Be careful
Don't use ‘direct’ with this meaning.
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