Immediate Definition

Having nothing coming between; with no intermediary.
Webster's New World
Occurring at once; happening without delay.
Needed immediate treatment for the injuries.
American Heritage
Of the present time.
Webster's New World
Of or relating to the present time and place; current.
American Heritage
Directly or closely related.
One's immediate family.
Webster's New World

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

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