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[ih-mee-dee-it] /ɪˈmi di ɪt/
occurring or accomplished without delay; instant:
an immediate reply.
following or preceding without a lapse of time:
the immediate future.
having no object or space intervening; nearest or next:
in the immediate vicinity.
of or relating to the present time or moment:
our immediate plans.
without intervening medium or agent; direct:
an immediate cause.
having a direct bearing:
immediate consideration.
very close in relationship:
my immediate family.
Philosophy. directly intuited.
Origin of immediate
1525-35; < Medieval Latin immediātus. See im-2, mediate (adj.)
Related forms
immediateness, noun
quasi-immediate, adjective
quasi-immediately, adverb
unimmediate, adjective
unimmediately, adverb
unimmediateness, noun
1. instantaneous. 3. close, proximate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for immediate
  • In the field, soldiers were concerned with a more immediate matter: food.
  • It speaks to me of a much wider aspect than the immediate view.
  • She made an immediate impression on the reporters who met her ship when it docked.
  • More than a century and a half later, there remains something startling and immediate about the faces.
  • They hear the note of concern in her voice, and the silence is immediate and thick.
  • When you handle this soft hair, you have an immediate sensation of warmth.
  • It now came down to something more immediate and fundamental: a fight over freedom.
  • There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
  • There are three state parks in the immediate area, two of which are on the coastline.
  • It recommended some immediate steps and some longer term steps to improve safety and limit environmental impacts.
British Dictionary definitions for immediate


adjective (usually prenominal)
taking place or accomplished without delay: an immediate reaction
closest or most direct in effect or relationship: the immediate cause of his downfall
having no intervening medium; direct in effect: an immediate influence
contiguous in space, time, or relationship: our immediate neighbour
present; current: the immediate problem is food
(philosophy) of or relating to an object or concept that is directly known or intuited
(logic) (of an inference) deriving its conclusion from a single premise, esp by conversion or obversion of a categorial statement
Derived Forms
immediacy, immediateness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin immediātus, from Latin im- (not) + mediāre to be in the middle; see mediate
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Word Origin and History for immediate

late 14c., "intervening, interposed;" early 15c., "with nothing interposed; direct," also with reference to time, from Old French immediat, from Late Latin immediatus "without anything between," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + mediatus, past participle of mediare "to halve," later, "be in the middle," from Latin medius "middle" (see medial (adj.)).

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