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 Hampton police referred a request for comment to the city manager, who did not immediately respond to a voicemail seeking comment Wednesday. Kate Brumback, ajc, "Lawsuit says police caused asphyxiation death of naked man," 13 May 2021 Representatives for the show didn't immediately respond to EW's request for comment. Nick Romano,, "Ellen DeGeneres is ending her talk show after 19 seasons," 12 May 2021 The organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "Texas judge blocks NRA from declaring bankruptcy," 12 May 2021 The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Xinjiang government did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Dake Kang, Star Tribune, "Drop in Xinjiang birthrate largest in recent history: report," 12 May 2021 Representatives for DeGeneres and the show did not respond immediately to The Times’ requests for comment. Los Angeles Times, "Ellen DeGeneres is ending her talk show after turbulent year that ‘destroyed’ her," 12 May 2021 Baffert’s veterinarian, Dr. Vincent Baker, did not immediately respond to interview requests. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "'Shall' Medina Spirit be disqualified? The Kentucky Derby case could hinge on one word," 12 May 2021 The University of Michigan CSG did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. Fox News, "Michigan student government urges boycott of Israel amid clash with Hamas," 12 May 2021 Francisquini’s public defender identified in court documents did not immediately respond to a message from The Washington Post late on Tuesday. Washington Post, "A 28-year-old posed as a student to sneak into high school, police say. Her goal: Instagram follows.," 12 May 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Immediately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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