immediate[i mē′dē it]
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)