Pronunciation: (di-rekt'lē, dī-),[key] —adv. 1. in a direct line, way, or manner; straight: The path leads directly to the lake. 2. at once; without delay; immediately: Do that directly. 3. shortly; soon: They will be here directly. 4. exactly; precisely: directly opposite the store. 5. without intervening space; next in order: The truck was parked directly behind my car. 6. openly or frankly; candidly: He didn't hesitate to speak directly about his debts. 7. Math.in direct proportion.
—conj. as soon as: Directly he arrived, he mentioned the subject.