- 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.
immediate definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Late Latin immediatus: see in- and amp; mediate
- immediateness noun
immediate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Occurring at once; instant: gave me an immediate response.
- 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.
- Directly apprehended or perceived: had immediate awareness of the scope of the crisis.
- Acting or occurring without the interposition of another agency or object; direct.
Origin: Middle 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.
- im·meˈdi·ate·ness noun