What does immediate mean?

Definitions for immediate
ɪˈmi di ɪtim·me·di·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. immediateadjective

    of the present time and place

    "the immediate revisions"

  2. contiguous, immediateadjective

    very close or connected in space or time

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

  3. immediateadjective

    having no intervening medium

    "an immediate influence"

  4. immediateadjective

    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, straightawayadjective

    performed with little or no delay

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


  1. immediateadjective

    happening right away, instantly, with no delay

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

  2. immediateadjective

    Very close; direct or adjacent.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Immediateadjective

    Etymology: immediat, French; in and medius, Latin.

    Moses mentions the immediate causes, the rains and the waters; and St. Peter mentions the more remote and fundamental causes, that constitution of the heavens. Burnet.

    It is much to be ascribed to the immediate will of God, who giveth and taketh away beauty at his pleasure. George Abbot.

    Immediate are my needs, and my relief
    Must not be tost and turn'd to me in words,
    But find supply immediate. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Death denounc'd that day,
    Which he presumes already vain, and void,
    Because not yet inflicted, as he fear'd,
    By some immediate stroke. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    But she, howe'er of vict'ry sure,
    Contemns the wreath too long delay'd;
    And arm'd with more immediate pow'r,
    Calls cruel silence to her aid. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Immediateadjective

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

  2. Immediateadjective

    not deferred by an interval of time; present; instant

  3. Immediateadjective

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Immediate

    im-mē′di-āt, adj. with nothing between two objects: not acting by second causes: direct: present: without delay.—n. Immē′diacy (Shak.), immediate or independent power.—adv. Immē′diātely.—ns. Immē′diāteness; Immē′diatism.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of immediate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of immediate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of immediate in a Sentence

  1. Secretary Alex Azar:

    While the immediate risk to individual members of the American public remains low, there is now community transmission in a number of countries, including outside of Asia, which is deeply concerning.

  2. Yohannes Hailemariam:

    It gives a message of stalling and it takes immediate action which is faster than the action which pilots were briefed to take by Boeing.

  3. Vrajesh Bhandari:

    We have MENA dedicated money leave UAE in search of faster returns in Saudi and Egypt – now that these markets have rallied, investors don't see an immediate catalyst to rotate in back. DFMGI is at a 2 year low and technically speaking that is not a healthy sign.

  4. Brad Haley:

    I don't think there's enough for sizeable chains to move over in the immediate future, there simply isn't enough all-natural beef.

  5. Donna Quadri-Felitti:

    We have to remember that travel, like every other industry, has its cycles of mergers, start-ups, consolidations and new entries, this was n’t unexpected. On the whole, I think this is just an expression of where we are in the cycle, and the impact to the consumer will not be too immediate.

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    an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
    • A. condemn
    • B. embark
    • C. doom
    • D. acclaim

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