Immediate definition

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Occurring at once; happening without delay.

Needed immediate treatment for the injuries.

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Close at hand; near.

In the immediate vicinity.

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Of the present time.
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Directly or closely related.

One's immediate family.

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Next in line or relation.

Is an immediate successor to the president of the company.

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Directly affecting; direct; firsthand.

An immediate cause.

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Understood or perceived directly or intuitively.

An immediate inference.

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Next in order, succession, etc.; next in line.
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Having nothing coming between; with no intermediary.
  • 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.
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Acting or occurring without the interposition of another agency or object; direct.

An immediate cause.

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Immediate family; immediate vicinity.

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Manifestly true; requiring no argument.
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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.

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Of or near the present time.

In the immediate future.

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Of or relating to the present time and place; current.
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Happening right away, instantly, with no delay.

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

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Origin of immediate

  • Middle English immediat from Old French from Late Latin immediātus Latin in- not in–1 Latin mediātus past participle of mediāre to be in the middle mediate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French immediat, from Late Latin immediatus (“without anything between”), from Latin in + mediatus, past participle of mediare (“to halve, to be in the middle”), from medius (“middle”)

    From Wiktionary