immediately

adverb
im·​me·​di·​ate·​ly | \i-ˈmē-dē-ət-lē 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

immediately

conjunction

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 company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Ben Brody, The Seattle Times, "Trump panel seeks higher postal rates for commercial shippers after Amazon criticism," 4 Dec. 2018 In lieu of traditional place settings that get cast aside immediately, why not try something that guests can actually use? ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 Maguire's attorney did not immediately respond to People's request for comment. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "'Rehab Addict' Star Nicole Curtis Says Her Son Was Taken From Her Arms on Thanksgiving," 28 Nov. 2018 Kramer and his lawyers did not immediately respond to his request for comment. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 Eric Church's rep did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment. Fox News, "Eric Church's younger brother, Brandon, dead at 36," 2 Oct. 2018 Officials didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "South America’s Soccer Final Postponed After Attack on Boca Juniors Team," 24 Nov. 2018 The vans are available immediately, no waiting required. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Luxury camper van offers a cool oasis for two," 4 Oct. 2018 Fans immediately took to Twitter to blast him for wearing the hairstyle traditionally adapted by people of color. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jeffree Star Wore Cornrows for a Jeffree Star Cosmetics Photo Shoot and People Have a LOT of Feelings," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of immediately

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Conjunction

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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immediately

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of immediately

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: with no person or thing in between

: without any delay

immediately

conjunction

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

: immediately after : as soon as

immediately

adverb
im·​me·​di·​ate·​ly | \i-ˈmē-dē-ət-lē \

Kids Definition of immediately

1 : with nothing between Their house is immediately behind mine.

2 : right away Come here immediately!

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