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adverb directly pronunciation in American English /dɪˈrek(t)li/directly pronunciation in American English /daɪˈrek(t)li/
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  1. 1
    in a way that involves only the two people or things mentioned, with no one or nothing else coming in between

    I prefer to deal directly with the manager.

    I am holding you directly responsible for this.

    This will contribute directly to the strength of the economy.

    Many problems can be directly linked to the decline in manufacturing.

  2. 2
    going straight to a place and not stopping or changing direction on the way there

    His British lawyer arrived at Frankfurt airport this morning and went directly to the prison.

    Patrick took Jane by the elbows and looked directly into her eyes.

  3. 3

    The post office is directly opposite the town hall.

    There was no light on in the room directly above.

  4. 6
    old-fashioned in a short time

    The manager will be with you directly.



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