Definition of immediately in English:

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Pronunciation: /iˈmēdēətlē/


1At once; instantly: I called immediately for an ambulance
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  • I scraped once and immediately a frog sounded once from beneath the porch.
  • On his return, he joined Shackleton and immediately set sail once more for the Antarctic.
  • Once inside, I immediately fall in with four London guys who are also staying in our hotel.
straightaway, at once, right away, instantly, now, directly, promptly, forthwith, this/that (very) minute, this/that instant, there and then, then and there, on the spot, here and now, without delay, without further ado, posthaste;
quickly, as fast as possible, speedily, as soon as possible
informal ASAP, pronto, double-quick, on the double, pretty damn quick, PDQ, in/like a flash, like a shot, tout de suite
humorous toot sweet
archaic forthright
2Without any intervening time or space: she was sitting immediately behind me
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  • Anyway, the place to see and be seen at the Masters is under the big oak tree that sits immediately behind the clubhouse.
  • It was hit when the car immediately behind shunted into his vehicle after it was banged from behind by a third motorist.
  • He was unaware that he was upside down and thought he was in the corridor immediately behind the coal train's cab.
2.1In direct or very close relation: they would be the states most immediately affected by any such action
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  • They are released in the area immediately affected by the subject's behaviour.
directly, right, exactly, precisely, squarely, just, dead
informal smack dab


chiefly British
As soon as: let me know immediately she arrives

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Syllabification: im·me·di·ate·ly

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