5. Straightforwardly; honestly. "I have dealt most directly in thy affair." (Shak)
8. Immediately after; as soon as. "Directly he stopped, the coffin was removed." (Dickens)
Synonyms: Immediately, forthwith, straightway, instantly, instantaneously, soon, promptly, openly, expressly.
Directly, Immediately, Instantly, Instantaneously. Directly denotes, without any delay or diversion of attention; immediately implies, without any interposition of other occupation; instantly implies, without any intervention of time. Hence, "I will do it directly," means, "I will go straightway about it." "I will do it immediately," means, "I will do it as the very next thing." "I will do it instantly," allows not a particle of delay. Instantaneously, like instantly, marks an interval too small to be appreciable, but commonly relates to physical causes; as, the powder touched by fire instantaneously exploded.
(01 Mar 1998)
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