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

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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First Known Use of immediately


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1839, in the meaning defined above

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18 Aug 2022

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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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