immediately

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

Taiwan would immediately begin withdrawing its embassy personnel, Wu was reported as saying. BostonGlobe.com, "Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare endorsed the switch in a Cabinet meeting on Monday, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told reporters, according to Taiwan’s official Central News Agency.," 17 Sep. 2019 Durbin has called for the enforcement to begin immediately. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls for ban on flavored e-cigarettes, while alderman says he’ll push to block sale of all vaping products in Chicago," 16 Sep. 2019 Taiwan would immediately begin withdrawing its embassy personnel, Wu was reported as saying. Washington Post, "Solomon Islands recognizes Beijing as diplomatic stranglehold tightens around Taiwan," 16 Sep. 2019 No other details of her death were immediately available. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Phyllis Newman, Tony-Winning Actress in 'Subways Are for Sleeping,' Dies at 86," 16 Sep. 2019 His identity and charges were not immediately available. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Stolen van driver crashes during police pursuit, is arrested in Logan Heights," 14 Sep. 2019 Information about the direction of travel of each vehicle and which vehicle had the right of way was not immediately available. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Woman killed in northeast side tow truck crash," 12 Sep. 2019 Further details on those calls and how they were resolved were not immediately available. Taylor Pettaway, ExpressNews.com, "Police summoned to San Antonio home numerous times before fatal shooting," 12 Sep. 2019 The district will begin the search for a new coach immediately with the goal of ensuring that the athletes on the JV tennis team are able to have a successful season. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Ex-judge Aaron Persky fired from high school tennis coach job," 11 Sep. 2019

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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)

British, formal : immediately after : as soon as

immediately

adverb
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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