Definition of immediately in English:


Line breaks: im¦me¦di|ate¦ly
Pronunciation: /ɪˈmiːdɪətli


  • 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; close, closely, at close quarters
    informal slap bang
    North American informal smack dab


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  • As soon as: let me know immediately she arrives

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