immediate[i mē′dē it]
- The definition of immediate is next in line or something that is occurring right now.
An example of something that would be described as an immediate need is if you are starving and need food right this minute.
- having nothing coming between; with no intermediary; specif.,
- not separated in space; in direct contact; closest; nearest
- close by; near: immediate neighbors
- not separated in time; acting or happening at once; without delay; instant
- of the present time
- next in order, succession, etc.; next in line
- directly or closely related: one's immediate family
- directly affecting; direct; firsthand: an immediate cause
- understood or perceived directly or intuitively: an immediate inference
Origin of immediateLate Latin immediatus: see in- and amp; mediate
- Occurring at once; happening without delay: needed immediate treatment for the injuries.
- a. Of or near the present time: in the immediate future.b. Of or relating to the present time and place; current: “It is probable that, apart from the most immediate, pragmatic, technical revisions, the writer's effort to detach himself from his work is quixotic” (Joyce Carol Oates).
- Close at hand; near: in the immediate vicinity. See Synonyms at close.
- Next in line or relation: is an immediate successor to the president of the company.
- Acting or occurring without the interposition of another agency or object; direct: an immediate cause.
Origin of immediateMiddle English immediat, from Old French, from Late Latin immediātus : Latin in-, not; see in–1 + Latin mediātus, past participle of mediāre, to be in the middle; see mediate.
(comparative more immediate, superlative most immediate)