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

Alcor did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment on Tuesday. Fox News, "Montana man suing cryonics company for $1 million and return of father's frozen head," 12 June 2019 Upon reading it, I was immediately taken by the character: a master thief by profession, fresh out of jail, getting her footing back in the real world. Vogue, "Carla Gugino Talks Picking Locks and Sneaking Around at Last Night’s Screening of the Spy Thriller Jett," 12 June 2019 Questions about the nature of Durant’s preexisting injury and his potential for further damage arose immediately, buttressed by more fundamental questions of motivation, influence, and pressure. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "Kevin Durant’s Disastrous Comeback," 11 June 2019 But there appears to be enough of an agreement that Mexico would immediately be put in the position of trying to implement it, rather than engage in further negotiations. oregonlive.com, "Photographer snapped image of Trump’s alleged Mexico deal. Here’s what it says.," 11 June 2019 These laws are effective immediately or in August, ahead of the 2019-2020 school year. nola.com, "Louisiana’s budget raises preschool funding for the first time in 10 years," 11 June 2019 There is also a temporary flight restriction over the fire area and any aircraft, including drones, will be grounded immediately, officials said. And, azcentral, "Here's the status of 5 wildfires burning in Arizona right now," 11 June 2019 Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Benjamin Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company set to release its first bourbon in 102 years," 11 June 2019 Lilly started on the backside and immediately ran into trouble, finishing the back nine at +5 and ending his day at +10. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "High school golf: Carmel leads state golf finals following difficult first day at Prairie View," 11 June 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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