immediately

[ih-mee-dee-it-lee]
adverb
1.
without lapse of time; without delay; instantly; at once: Please telephone him immediately.
2.
with no object or space intervening.
3.
closely: immediately in the vicinity.
4.
without intervening medium or agent; concerning or affecting directly.
conjunction
5.
Chiefly British. the moment that; as soon as.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English; see immediate, -ly

currently, immediately, momentarily, now, presently, soon (see synonym study at the current entry)(see usage note at presently).


1. instantaneously, forthwith. Immediately, instantly, directly, presently were once close synonyms, all denoting complete absence of delay or any lapse of time. Immediately and instantly still almost always have that sense and usually mean at once: He got up immediately. She responded instantly to the request. Directly is usually equivalent to soon, in a little while rather than at once: You go ahead, we'll join you directly. Presently changes sense according to the tense of the verb with which it is used. With a present tense verb it usually means now, at the present time: The author presently lives in San Francisco. She is presently working on a new novel. In some contexts, especially those involving a contrast between the present and the near future, presently can mean soon or in a little while: She is at the office now but will be home presently.


1. later.
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immediately (ɪˈmiːdɪətlɪ)
 
adv
1.  without delay or intervention; at once; instantly: it happened immediately
2.  very closely or directly: this immediately concerns you
3.  near or close by: he's somewhere immediately in this area
 
conj
4.  chiefly (Brit) (subordinating) at the same time as; as soon as: immediately he opened the door, there was a gust of wind

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immediately
early 15c., from immediate.
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Example sentences
Immediately, a scorching pain shot up his right arm as if something had
  shattered.
It is not something that can be immediately understood for what it represents.
But several clever experiments have tested people's memory immediately after a
  tragedy and again several months or years later.
It was never backed by any study, and the one academic who made the statement
  to a reporter took it back almost immediately.
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