Definition of immediate in English:


Line breaks: im¦me¦di|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪˈmiːdɪət


  • 2Nearest in time, relationship, or rank: no changes are envisaged in the immediate future his immediate superior in the department
    More example sentences
    • Confident in their ability to manager without state support, and close to their immediate family, they tend to live in towns in the more prosperous Southern and Midland towns.
    • He said about seven of the boy's immediate family and close friends had been given antibiotics.
    • Both weddings have had about 30 guests - just immediate family and close friends - and both have used restaurants for their reception.
    recent, not long past, just gone; occurring recently
  • 2.1Nearest or next to in space: roads in the immediate vicinity of the port
    More example sentences
    • He also disputed the number of car parking spaces, which reputedly would be available in the immediate vicinity of the licensed premises.
    • I make an attempt to fight the heavy-duty gravity imposed upon the immediate space around my body, and ease myself out of the bed.
    • Actually, a baby lives in, and loves, her immediate space.
  • 2.2(Of a relation or action) without an intervening medium or agency; direct: coronary thrombosis was the immediate cause of death
    More example sentences
    • It further held, allowing the Commissioners' appeal, that on the facts the requisite ‘direct and immediate link’ was not established.
    • ‘So far in museum exhibitions, the visitor was not placed in immediate contact with the past,’ he wrote.
    • The immediate connection between the ‘Void’ and our conceptions of chaos may not be explicit to many readers.
    direct, primary
  • 3 Philosophy (Of knowledge or reaction) gained or shown without reasoning; intuitive.
    More example sentences
    • Hume had shown that no immediate knowledge of causes is possible, for we have no impression of necessary connection.
    • Knowledge that is immediate may supply the premises for the inference of further knowledge, but even immediate knowledge depends on coherence.
    • The notion allows Heidegger to avoid giving primacy to non-theoretical immediate experience.



More example sentences
  • The new writing space carries the promise of networks of communication through the intuitive immediateness of the Word.
  • Like her other work, it is rich with observation and flights of language, revealing how this sensibility is malleable enough to adapt to the death-row murderess without sacrificing its immediateness and power.
  • Although he stresses specificity and immediateness, his analysis shows the interconnections among labor, the trade unions, and political parties.


late Middle English (in the sense 'nearest in space or order'): from Old French immediat, or from late Latin immediatus, from in- 'not' + mediatus 'intervening', past participle of mediare (see mediate).

More definitions of immediate

Definition of immediate in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody