immediate

adjective im·me·di·ate \ i-ˈmē-dē-ət , British often -ˈmē-jit \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of immediate

1 a : 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
2 : being next in line or relation
  • the immediate family
3 a : existing without intervening space or substance
  • brought into immediate contact
b : being near at hand
  • the immediate neighborhood
4 a : 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
5 : directly touching or concerning a person or thing
  • the child's immediate world is the classroom

Examples of immediate in a Sentence

  1. This requires your immediate attention.

  2. The new restaurant was an immediate success.

  3. This crisis calls for immediate action.

  4. The response to the crisis was immediate.

  5. The wildfire poses no immediate threat to any houses in the area.

  6. The danger is not immediate.

  7. They have evacuated everyone in the immediate area of the wildfire.

  8. Many people suffered in the war's immediate aftermath.

  9. The effect of the new policy will be unknown for the immediate future.

  10. He was sitting to my immediate right.

Recent Examples of immediate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of immediate

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



IMMEDIATE Defined for English Language Learners

immediate

adjective

Definition of immediate for English Language Learners

  • : happening or done without delay

  • : happening or existing now

  • : important now


IMMEDIATE Defined for Kids

immediate

adjective im·me·di·ate \ i-ˈmē-dē-ət \

Definition of immediate for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

immediate

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

medical Definition of immediate

1 a : 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

immediately

adverb


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