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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But the immediate differences that separate a 2019 Nissan Altima from, say, a 1918 Franklin Model B Touring can be narrowed down to these ten innovations. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "10 Innovations That Made the Modern Car," 4 Dec. 2018 President Trump’s immediate reaction, including tweeting about tariffs, addresses larger economic forces and policy debates, not the everyday issues soon to be faced be these communities. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "When towns lose a factory, what comes next?," 29 Nov. 2018 My doctors are suggesting immediate treatment and surgery before the disease progresses. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Star Beth Chapman's Cancer Has Returned," 28 Nov. 2018 Currently, the red flag law can be used only by immediate family members, roommates and law enforcement, according to reports. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "California bill to expand gun-takeaway law advances to governor's desk," 31 Aug. 2018 Only his brother and the Queen were told at first and a few immediate family members know now. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Honeymoon Was So Secret, Only Two People Knew About It," 20 Aug. 2018 Additionally, up the six immediate family members will receive half-off admission during the four days. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Best kids things to do in Phoenix in July: Splash pad parties, shark feeds and free fun," 28 June 2018 The military adoption discount applies to active duty, reserve and veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard, and/or immediate family members. Linda Mcintosh,, "Families with hospitalized kids served news," 27 June 2018 GreenTechMedia notes that Energy Vault has built a 1/7-scale version in Switzerland, but a good idea and a small demo don't necessarily translate to immediate success. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks," 18 Nov. 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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