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im·​me·​di·​ate·​ly i-ˈmē-dē-ət-lē How to pronounce immediately (audio)
 also  -ˈmē-dit-,
 British often  -ˈmē-jit-
: without interval of time : straightway
I'll make that call immediately
: in direct connection or relation : directly
the parties immediately involved in the case
the house immediately beyond this one


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chiefly British

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
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of immediately was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Immediately.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: with nothing between : directly
the person immediately to my left
: right away : at once
do it immediately

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