What does immediately mean?

Definitions for immediately
ɪˈmi di ɪt liim·me·di·ate·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight off, directly, now, right away, at once, forthwith, like a shotadverb

    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. immediatelyadverb

    near or close by

    "he passed immediately behind her"

  3. immediatelyadverb

    bearing an immediate relation

    "this immediately concerns your future"


  1. immediatelyadverb

    In an immediate manner; instantly or without delay.

    I hope we can begin immediately.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Immediatelyadverb

    Etymology: from immediate.

    God's acceptance of it, either immediately by himself, or mediately by the hands of the bishop, is that which vests the whole property of a thing in God. Robert South, Sermons.

    Her father hath commanded her to slip
    Away with Slender, and with him at Eaton
    Immediately to marry. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.


  1. immediately

    In legal usage, "immediately" forms several compounds based on its conventional definitions.


  1. immediately

    Immediately is an adverb which means right away or without any delay. It refers to an action taking place as soon as another event is completed or occurring at once.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Immediatelyadverb

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

  2. Immediatelyadverb

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

  3. Immediatelyadverb

    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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of immediately in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of immediately in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of immediately in a Sentence

  1. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:

    I didn't change my mind. And we said that immediately, this is one of the sort of political games people play, where we said immediately, look, it was a mistake on our part, we understood the order of the votes. And when we realized it, we corrected it and voted the way I always intended to.

  2. Henry Kissinger:

    The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.

  3. Napoleon Bonaparte:

    Never awake me when you have good news to announce, because with good news nothing presses but when you have bad news, arouse me immediately, for then there is not an instant to be lost.

  4. Justice Samuel Alito:

    Given the way the confirmation process -- the interviews of senators that occur immediately upon the announcement of the nomination -- I think it would be very difficult for somebody who has not been dealing with the whole breadth of federal law that may come before the Supreme Court to be ready for those interviews, or at least to have thought about how you interpret the Constitution, how do you interpret the statutes, what do you think about precedents -- issues like that, you will be hit with all of that immediately once the nomination has been announced.

  5. Peter Drucker:

    Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.

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