directly
I. adverb Date: 15th century 1. a. in a direct manner <
directly relevant
>
<
the road runs directly east and west
>
b. in immediate physical contact c. in the manner of direct variation 2. a. without delay ; immediately <
the second game followed directly after the first
>
b. in a little while ; shortly <
we'll be leaving directly
>
II. conjunction Date: 1795 chiefly British immediately after ; as soon as <
directly I received it I rang up the shipping company — F. W. Crofts
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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