di·rect·ly (dĭ-rĕktlē, dī-)
1. In a direct line or manner; straight: The road runs directly north.
2. Without anyone or anything intervening: directly responsible.
3. Exactly or totally: directly opposite.
4. At once; instantly: Leave directly.
5. Candidly; frankly: answered very directly.
6. Chiefly Southern US In a little while; shortly: He'll be coming directly.
As soon as.
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