immediate

adjective
im·​me·​di·​ate | \ i-ˈmē-dē-ət How to pronounce immediate (audio) , 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

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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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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The first known use of immediate was in the 15th century

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24 Jan 2022

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“Immediate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immediate. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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immediate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of immediate

: happening or done without delay
: happening or existing now
: important now

immediate

adjective
im·​me·​di·​ate | \ i-ˈmē-dē-ət How to pronounce immediate (audio) \

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.

immediate

adjective
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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