im·me·di·ate | \i-ˈmē-dē-ət, British often -ˈmē-jit\

Definition of immediate 

1a : occurring, acting, or accomplished without loss or interval of time : instant an immediate need

b(1) : near to or related to the present the immediate past

(2) : of or relating to the here and now : current too busy with immediate concerns to worry about the future

2a : existing without intervening space or substance brought into immediate contact

b : being near at hand the immediate neighborhood

3 : being next in line or relation the immediate family

4a : acting or being without the intervention of another object, cause, or agency : direct the immediate cause of death

b : present to the mind independently of other states or factors immediate awareness

c : involving or derived from a single premise an immediate inference

5 : directly touching or concerning a person or thing the child's immediate world is the classroom

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Examples of immediate in a Sentence

This requires your immediate attention. The new restaurant was an immediate success. This crisis calls for immediate action. The response to the crisis was immediate. The wildfire poses no immediate threat to any houses in the area. The danger is not immediate. They have evacuated everyone in the immediate area of the wildfire. Many people suffered in the war's immediate aftermath. The effect of the new policy will be unknown for the immediate future. He was sitting to my immediate right.
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The goal of the new law was to allow a full and immediate $100 deduction. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Four Words Missing in the New Tax Law Give Restaurants Heartburn," 10 July 2018 Mike Florio details a lot of questions that still surround the exact and immediate future of the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders. Jonathan Jones,, "Flag Football, CFL and Making the Most of Football’s Dog Days," 10 July 2018 Some of those services have liberal sharing policies, but most require that multiple people using a login be in the same household or immediate family. Dwight Silverman, San Antonio Express-News, "How to be a good internet citizen," 3 July 2018 Free weights will have the greatest and most immediate benefit to you, movement- and strength-wise. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: Should I Include Gym Machines in My Workout?," 29 June 2018 Death threats against an official or immediate family, and attempts to intimidate, interfere with, or retaliate against an official based on his or her official duties are all federal crimes. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "FBI Arrests Man Who Threatened to Kill FCC Chair Ajit Pai's Children," 29 June 2018 The Bucks’ first-round draft pick out of UCLA in 1977, Johnson made an immediate impact as a rookie, averaged 25.6 points in his second year and was the catalyst on teams that won five consecutive division titles under Don Nelson. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: It's time for the Bucks to retire Marques Johnson's jersey number," 14 July 2018 Admission costs $14 per person; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors ad children over age 1; $11 for military members and their immediate families. Emily Bloch,, "Teen comic convention returns in Davie," 13 July 2018 Consumers have immediate access to those heritage acts through streaming platforms, a bevy of SiriusXM satellite channels or classic country terrestrial formats, which were scarce in previous decades. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Country's Roots Are Showing as New Releases Embrace Old-School Sounds," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of immediate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

History and Etymology for immediate

Middle English immediat, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin immediatus, from Latin in- + Late Latin mediatus intermediate — more at mediate

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English Language Learners Definition of immediate

: happening or done without delay

: happening or existing now

: important now


im·me·di·ate | \i-ˈmē-dē-ət \

Kids Definition of immediate

1 : happening without any delay I need immediate help.

2 : occurring or existing now There is no immediate danger.

3 : having importance now Our immediate concern is getting help.

4 : not far away in time or space the immediate future the immediate area

5 : being next in line or nearest in relationship My immediate family includes my parents, brothers, and sisters.

6 : having nothing between The room is to your immediate right.


im·me·di·ate | \im-ˈēd-ē-ət, British often -ˈē-jit\

Medical Definition of immediate 

1a : acting or being without the intervention of another object, cause, or agency : being direct the immediate cause of death

b : present to the mind independently of other states or factors immediate awareness

2 : made or done at once

Other Words from immediate

immediately adverb

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