Definitions for immediateɪˈmi di ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•me•di•ateɪˈmi di ɪt(adj.)

  1. occurring or accomplished without delay; instant:

    an immediate reply.

  2. following or preceding without a lapse of time.

  3. having no object or space intervening:

    in the immediate vicinity.

  4. of or pertaining to the present time:

    our immediate plans.

  5. without intervening medium or agent; direct:

    an immediate cause.

  6. having a direct bearing:

    immediate considerations.

  7. very close in relationship:

    my immediate family.

Origin of immediate:

1525–35; < ML immediātus. See im -2, mediate (adj.)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. immediate(adj)

    of the present time and place

    "the immediate revisions"

  2. contiguous, immediate(adj)

    very close or connected in space or time

    "contiguous events"; "immediate contact"; "the immediate vicinity"; "the immediate past"

  3. immediate(adj)

    having no intervening medium

    "an immediate influence"

  4. immediate(adj)

    immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect

    "the immediate result"; "the immediate cause of the trouble"

  5. immediate, prompt, quick, straightaway(adj)

    performed with little or no delay

    "an immediate reply to my letter"; "a prompt reply"; "was quick to respond"; "a straightaway denial"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. immediate(adjective)ɪˈmi di ɪt

    without delay

    an immediate response

  2. immediateɪˈmi di ɪt

    happening or existing now, or very near in time

    the immediate future; There is no immediate danger of flooding.

  3. immediateɪˈmi di ɪt

    very near to where you are

    There are two ponds in the immediate area.

  4. immediateɪˈmi di ɪt

    having a very close relationship to you

    your immediate family


  1. immediate(Adjective)

    happening right away, instantly, with no delay

    People these days expect immediate results when they click on a link.

  2. immediate(Adjective)

    Very close; direct or adjacent.

  3. Origin: From immediat, from immediatus, from in + mediatus, past participle of medio, from medius

Webster Dictionary

  1. Immediate(adj)

    not separated in respect to place by anything intervening; proximate; close; as, immediate contact

  2. Immediate(adj)

    not deferred by an interval of time; present; instant

  3. Immediate(adj)

    acting with nothing interposed or between, or without the intervention of another object as a cause, means, or agency; acting, perceived, or produced, directly; as, an immediate cause

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'immediate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1655

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'immediate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3388

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'immediate' in Adjectives Frequency: #214

Anagrams of immediate

  1. metiamide

Translations for immediate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


happening at once and without delay

an immediate response.

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