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 Falck also is struggling to fulfill a promise to have its entire fleet of 66 ambulances be brand-new vehicles immediately. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Sep. 2021 Latinitas was not immediately available to return requests for comment, but shared the news on Facebook on Sunday. Madalyn Mendoza, Chron, 21 Sep. 2021 The lemon is immediately present, giving this whiskey an agreeable, fruity taste and aroma. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Sep. 2021 Information about their defense attorneys wasn't immediately available. Marshall Cohen, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 The 51-year-old PGA Championship winner immediately went to the putting green after finishing his round. Michael Wagaman, ajc, 19 Sep. 2021 The play went down as a 9-yard gain in the stat sheet, and immediately, the move went viral on social media. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 19 Sep. 2021 The mask requirement went immediately into effect once the vote was taken just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Pamela Wood,, 14 Sep. 2021 Most of the dinner guests went immediately to their waiting limousines and Town Cars. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, 13 Sep. 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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The first known use of immediately was in the 15th century

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23 Sep 2021

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“Immediately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 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)

: 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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