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

When Stephanie takes a photo of Emily in a park, Emily immediately tells her to erase it. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "'A Simple Favor' Trailer: Anna Kendrick Searches for Missing Blake Lively," 13 July 2018 The shooting is believed to involve children, although the extent of their involvement is not immediately clear. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Shooting involving children leaves one man dead in northeast Harris County," 13 July 2018 No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series of strikes on educational sites in the province. New York Times, "Suicide Bombing on Afghan Education Department Kills 12," 11 July 2018 Messages left with the New Hampshire State Police, the New Hampshire attorney general’s office, and Manchester, N.H., police, were not immediately returned Friday night. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "In N.H., former Mass. school principal indicted on multiple counts of sexual assault," 14 July 2018 Messages left with Dareus’ agents by USA TODAY Sports were not immediately returned on Wednesday. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Lawsuit: Jaguars' Marcell Dareus accused of sexual assault, giving woman an STD," 11 July 2018 Theodoracopulos and The Spectator did not immediately return Refinery29's request for comment. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Admitted To Exchanging Sex For Roles — & Then Took It Back," 13 July 2018 The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department reported 11 hate crimes, but could not immediately provide details. Anita Chabria And Michael Finch Ii, sacbee, "Hate crimes in Sacramento County have increased by 66 percent since 2014," 12 July 2018 Messages left for the city attorney's spokeswoman for a response to Avenatti's allegations weren't immediately returned. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Stormy Daniels' charges dropped; arrest part of "sting operation," lawyer says," 12 July 2018

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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)

: 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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