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

For women prone to yeast infections, Dr. Dweck recommends avoiding heavily scented personal hygiene products as well as getting out of wet workout clothes and bathing suits immediately. Elizabeth Durand Streisand, Good Housekeeping, "What the Color of Your Vaginal Discharge Means, According to Gynos," 27 Nov. 2018 In the world of the Ralph films, a broken game immediately gets unplugged, and soon, Vanellope and her fellow Sugar Rush characters become refugees in the worlds of other arcade games. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Lego Movie of Disney films," 14 Nov. 2018 The short version: She was discovered while working as a bartender in New York, went on three auditions, booked all three gigs, and immediately got the attention of Steven Spielberg. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Ellen Pompeo Talks 'Grey's Anatomy' and Gender Equality at Marie Claire's 2018 Power Trip," 16 Oct. 2018 Ariana's fans waited up for the exact moment of the song release and immediately professed their love. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Everything to Know About Ariana Grande's New Song '7 Rings'," 18 Jan. 2019 Grab the tabletop by the edge and lift—the legs immediately spring up to just the right height for eating or using a laptop. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Boulon Blanc's Convertible Table Practically Transforms Itself," 18 Jan. 2019 While the average homeowner-to-be may have walked out immediately, Bhasin is not the average homeowner. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "An Uninspired NYC Apartment Is Revived With Color, Charisma, and Customization," 17 Jan. 2019 Applying a paste made of aspirin immediately removes excess oil and dead skin. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of a Pimple Fast: 12 Dos & Don'ts of Fighting Acne," 17 Jan. 2019 That was merely the first, immediately evident flaw. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Should You Attend the Women's March?," 16 Jan. 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 \

Kids Definition of immediately

1 : with nothing between Their house is immediately behind mine.
2 : right away Come here immediately!

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