Definitions for immediatelyɪˈmi di ɪt li

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•me•di•ate•ly*ɪˈmi di ɪt li(adv.)

  1. without lapse of time; at once.

  2. with no object or space intervening.

  3. closely:

    immediately in the vicinity.

  4. without intervening medium or agent.

  5. (conj.)the moment that; as soon as.

* Syn: 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 usu. mean at once: He got up immediately. She responded instantly to the request.directly is usu. 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 usu. means now, at the present time: The author presently lives in San Francisco. She is presently working on a new novel. In some contexts, esp. 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.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight off, directly, now, right away, at once, forthwith, like a shot(adverb)

    without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening

    "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!"

  2. immediately(adverb)

    near or close by

    "he passed immediately behind her"

  3. immediately(adverb)

    bearing an immediate relation

    "this immediately concerns your future"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. immediately(adverb)ɪˈmi di ɪt li

    now, without delay

    The doctor came immediately.

  2. immediatelyɪˈmi di ɪt li

    very near in time or space

    Measure your heart rate immediately before and after exercise.; Our store is immediately next to the post office.


  1. immediately(Adverb)

    In an immediate manner; instantly or without delay.

    I hope we can begin immediately.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Immediately(adverb)

    in an immediate manner; without intervention of any other person or thing; proximately; directly; -- opposed to mediately; as, immediately contiguous

  2. Immediately(adverb)

    without interval of time; without delay; promptly; instantly; at once

  3. Immediately(adverb)

    as soon as. Cf. Directly, 8, Note

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'immediately' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #961

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'immediately' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1565

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'immediately' in Adverbs Frequency: #100

Translations for immediately

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


at once

He answered immediately.

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