Synonyms of 'directly'
1 straightDictionary, unswervingly, without deviation
The plane will fly the hostages directly back home.
Straight ahead were the low cabins of the motel.
by the shortest route
in a beeline
2 immediatelyDictionary, promptly, instantly
Directly after the meeting, an official appealed on television.
She answered his letter immediately.
She lay down and promptly fell asleep.
The man was killed instantly.
He wants to see you right away.
I should go and see a doctor straight away.
This review is being conducted as speedily as possible.
Airbags inflate instantaneously on impact.
3 at onceDictionary, presently, soon
He'll be there directly.
4 in personDictionary, personally, at first hand
We could do nothing directly to help them.
5 honestlyDictionary, openly, frankly
She explained simply and directly what she hoped to achieve.
It came as a shock to hear him talk so honestly about an old friend.
We can now talk openly about AIDS.
The leaders have been speaking frankly about their problems.
Few of our political leaders are willing to talk plainly about the crisis.
Mr Patterson was asked point-blank if he would resign.
straight from the shoulder (informal)
I want you to give me the truth, straight from the shoulder.
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Thesaurus for directly from the Collins English Thesaurus
If something is directly above, below, or in front of something, it is in exactly that position.