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 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 Although declining salmon numbers, pollution and noise disturbance pose the most immediate threats to the whales' survival, Millman reports that other factors may be at play. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Pacific Northwest Orca Population Hits 30-Year-Low," 10 July 2018 Wired headphones are under no immediate threat of extinction, but the future of personal audio will be defined and dominated by their wireless peers, that’s already clear. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Wired headphones are becoming the mechanical watches of personal audio," 7 July 2018 The blaze was reported about 10:30 a.m. Cal Fire tweeted that one to two acres had burned with a dangerous rate of spread and immediate threat to structures. Pauline Repard,, "Structures burn, residents evacuate from fire in Dulzura," 6 July 2018 The Rest of the League Should the Lakers be considered immediate threats to overthrow the Warriors? Jeremy Woo,, "Examining the Biggest Ripple Effects of LeBron James's Decision to Join Lakers," 1 July 2018 Mohammed Hakim lost all five members of his immediate family -- his mother, Rabia Begum, his father, Komru Miah, and his siblings, Husna Begum, Mohammed Hanif and Mohammed Hamid. Sarah Tilotta, CNN, "'I am broken': A year on and still no justice for Grenfell fire victims," 13 June 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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