im·​me·​di·​ate·​ly | \ i-ˈmē-dē-ət-lē How to pronounce immediately (audio) also -ˈmē-dit-, British often -ˈmē-jit- \

Definition of immediately

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : without interval of time : straightway I'll make that call immediately
2 : in direct connection or relation : directly the parties immediately involved in the case the house immediately beyond this one



Definition of immediately (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British

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Examples of immediately in a Sentence

Adverb the person immediately to my left Dinner was served immediately after the ceremony. The new law will become effective immediately. Conjunction Immediately you fill out this form, we can start processing your request. give us a ring immediately you get back
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The impact of the words wasn’t immediately apparent. Bud Withers, oregonlive, "Remembering the Kamikaze Kids: ‘Mad Hoops’ book excerpt," 24 Oct. 2020 The details of the Sudan-Israel agreement, coming just days before the Nov. 3 election, were not immediately clear. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Trump says Sudan will normalize relations with Israel, days after he moved to lift terrorism designation," 23 Oct. 2020 The inherent genius of the combination was immediately obvious to me. Star Tribune, "Sound Advice: Listen carefully to the directions for a speaker discount code," 23 Oct. 2020 Representatives of Airbnb were not immediately available for comment. Lori Weisberg, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego city attorney moves to shut down La Jolla Airbnb party mansion," 23 Oct. 2020 But Maricella’s social worker wasn’t immediately able to find any openings., "Maricella’s Last Breath: She died alone in a cell at 16. Officials said they were devastated. They didn’t say they did anything wrong.," 23 Oct. 2020 Details of the allegations were not immediately available. Justin Fenton,, "Baltimore Police SWAT officer charged with child sex abuse in Harford," 23 Oct. 2020 The four-year agreement, which is effective immediately, also provides rooms for breastfeeding mothers, reduces employees' insurance premiums and keeps nurses' rights to daily overtime. Stephen Singer,, "Backus Hospital nurses overwhelmingly ratify 4-year contract that boosts pay, provides new face mask policy," 22 Oct. 2020 American officials were not immediately available for comment. NBC News, "Russia reportedly grants NSA whistleblower Snowden permanent residency," 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of immediately


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1839, in the meaning defined above

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

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28 Oct 2020

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“Immediately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of immediately

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: with no person or thing in between
: without any delay



English Language Learners Definition of immediately (Entry 2 of 2)

British, formal : immediately after : as soon as


im·​me·​di·​ate·​ly | \ i-ˈmē-dē-ət-lē How to pronounce immediately (audio) \

Kids Definition of immediately

1 : with nothing between Their house is immediately behind mine.
2 : right away Come here immediately!

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