Definition of immediate in English:

immediate

adjective

  • 1Occurring or done at once; instant.

    ‘the authorities took no immediate action’
    ‘the book's success was immediate’
    • ‘Anyone caught breaching the ‘yellow card’ will face immediate arrest and an instant sentence of three months.’
    • ‘If your child is very dehydrated, she needs immediate medical attention.’
    • ‘I think there is more immediate gratification with this.’
    • ‘As a result, our impact was almost immediate.’
    • ‘There is no question but that the impact of this on confidence will be immediate.’
    • ‘Their response was almost immediate and crucially telling.’
    • ‘What were the immediate reactions of the students in the aftermath of September 11?’
    • ‘The advertisement showed no recognition that immediate gratification usually presents a bill, with extortionate interest.’
    • ‘One immediate practical effect in the area of residential care could be an increase in insurance premiums.’
    • ‘This was the blunt message delivered at a public meeting on Friday last, a message which prompted the immediate establishment of an action group to save the historic house.’
    • ‘Physiological recordings from the central nervous system indicate that the response is almost immediate with a very short latency.’
    • ‘The most immediate impact is the rapid water and solute loss caused by tissue damage.’
    • ‘Somebody who has collapsed as a result of a cardiac arrest needs immediate attention.’
    • ‘However, these concepts are introduced all at once with no immediate application for the student.’
    • ‘Do we not have the technology to make a deodorant immediate and long-lasting?’
    • ‘Brown's response to this fundamental problem was immediate, once it had been brought to his attention.’
    • ‘Don't try to make it happen all at once and expect immediate physical change.’
    • ‘But at that time, see, it's all about instant gratification, immediate gratification.’
    • ‘I was instantly smitten with the immediate gratification.’
    • ‘This in turn has triggered the disappearance of a system of symbols that once enabled immediate identification of a woman's status.’
    instant, instantaneous, on-the-spot, prompt, swift, speedy, rapid, quick, expeditious
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or existing at the present time.
      ‘the immediate concern was how to avoid taxes’
      • ‘More than the big picture, look at the immediate, present needs.’
      • ‘I would have told her more - or maybe I couldn't have - but I knew nothing beyond the immediate present.’
      • ‘Get people to voice their immediate current concerns or questions.’
      • ‘The world's populations live in the present, and their immediate needs have to be addressed.’
      • ‘Motown execs are right about one thing: there's little immediate threat of a financial collapse.’
      • ‘And once the immediate conflict was over, why did he disappear?’
      • ‘There are big issues of governance, debt, aid, trade and development that will have to be addressed once the immediate crisis management is over.’
      • ‘The prisoner's continued liberty or, as the case may be, immediate release, would present an unacceptable risk to the public of further offences being committed.’
      • ‘Of more immediate concern is what banks need to do when presented with a freezing order.’
      • ‘The court heard the infestation presented an immediate risk of injury to health.’
      • ‘Adams, who has two children in primary school, feels there has to be radical overhaul of the way council services are organised once this immediate crisis is over.’
      • ‘In the meantime, the defendant is released on her own recognizance, as she presents no immediate threat to the artistic community.’
      • ‘This kind of analysis is really just the product of a false hindsight that tends to see the past through the lenses of the immediate present.’
      • ‘Mr Gill said there would be no speedy return to normality once the immediate foot and mouth crisis is over.’
      • ‘Kaizen appears particularly successful in shaping commitment once the immediate threat to jobs has disappeared.’
      • ‘The Rural Forum aims to find long-term ways of re-building a strong, sustainable and more diverse rural economy, once the immediate farming crisis has been dealt with.’
      • ‘Last Thursday, a high-profile military booster in Congress suddenly shattered the conventional wisdom that immediate withdrawal is unthinkable.’
      • ‘They are hopeful however that once the immediate uncertainty abates there would be a quick return of consumer confidence.’
      • ‘Once the immediate impact of the flooding has passed, the government, the opposition and the media will drop their feigned concern and leave the victims to their fate.’
      • ‘Although it is stressful for babies to cry alone, there is no evidence that crying in a parent's arras is harmful, once all immediate needs are met.’
      current, present, existing, existent, actual, extant
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  • 2Nearest in time, relationship, or rank.

    ‘no changes are envisaged in the immediate future’
    ‘his immediate superior in the department’
    • ‘It coexists with the real possibility of mainstream status, whether that status lies in the immediate past or near future.’
    • ‘However, the toilet block will be kept closed for the immediate future and a campaign will be mounted to ensure the toilets are returned to the use of law-abiding citizens.’
    • ‘Close and prolonged contact, such as that found within immediate families and households, is usually required for there to be any likelihood of the infection being spread.’
    • ‘There will be some plenary sessions as well as time for the presentation of papers from outside the immediate concerns of the organisers.’
    • ‘In the more immediate future, the company has a few twists on the way.’
    • ‘As daylight drew close, she began to think about the immediate future.’
    • ‘I'm very close to my immediate family, with the exception of my father’
    • ‘She knew that she shouldn't trust anyone outside of her immediate family or tiny group of close friends.’
    • ‘Both weddings have had about 30 guests - just immediate family and close friends - and both have used restaurants for their reception.’
    • ‘He said about seven of the boy's immediate family and close friends had been given antibiotics.’
    • ‘Close ties with immediate and extended families are an important aspect of Colombian life, providing support in many aspects of life.’
    • ‘He longs to return to the country of his birth, but he knows that there is no immediate future for him or his family there.’
    • ‘I hope it's my immediate family and some close friends and a keg of beer.’
    • ‘What kind of relationships have you established with the immediate families, relatives and friends of the victims?’
    • ‘Both candidates are looking to history and not to the immediate present.’
    • ‘You're very close with your immediate family in Brussels.’
    • ‘We don't even know how we would get aid in the immediate aftermath.’
    • ‘All 13 members of his immediate family attended a memorial service in New York yesterday.’
    • ‘Confident in their ability to manager without state support, and close to their immediate family, they tend to live in towns in the more prosperous Southern and Midland towns.’
    • ‘Though they portrayed an ebullient mix of hope and despair about the immediate and distant future of ecology, there was also a wealth of information on how to overcome the problems.’
    recent, not long past, just gone
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    1. 2.1 Nearest or next to in space.
      ‘roads in the immediate vicinity of the port’
      • ‘Individually, stones help us focus on a particular energy, by wearing them or enjoying their presence in our immediate environment.’
      • ‘At our feet stretched a shimmering sheet of water, its surface, in our immediate vicinity, black with countless gondolas, the men standing up in them clamouring loudly for custom.’
      • ‘There are schools, shops, restaurants and sports clubs in the immediate vicinity.’
      • ‘The ban forbids smoking anywhere which is considered council property, including the Guildhall yard and in the immediate vicinity of authority buildings.’
      • ‘‘All of the damage was confined to the barge and the very immediate vicinity, within yards,’ Mr Bloomberg said.’
      • ‘They say a retreat in the immediate presence of the enemy is the most difficult of military maneuvers to pull off.’
      • ‘There were claims that an undercover security force team was operating in the immediate vicinity that night and helped ‘set up’ the three republicans.’
      • ‘I make an attempt to fight the heavy-duty gravity imposed upon the immediate space around my body, and ease myself out of the bed.’
      • ‘Copulations were observed on three occasions, all in the immediate vicinity of nests.’
      • ‘To date I am still receiving complaints from residents and workers in the immediate vicinity that the smell at times is overpowering and unbearable.’
      • ‘Rather it was a sense of living in the present, appreciating my immediate environment, and giving feelings equal footing with ideas.’
      • ‘Actually, a baby lives in, and loves, her immediate space.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, all of them fall in our immediate or near proximity, and we happen to be vulnerable in any case.’
      • ‘He also disputed the number of car parking spaces, which reputedly would be available in the immediate vicinity of the licensed premises.’
      • ‘There is only one coffee bar in the immediate area, for instance.’
      • ‘Fortunately, there were no other vehicles or pedestrians in the immediate vicinity at the time as the trailer glided across the road and became embedded in a stone wall.’
      • ‘They use gestures, exaggerated voices, or pronouncements to represent things that are not present in the immediate environment.’
      • ‘Martin created a bit of a barrier of folded space around his immediate vicinity.’
      • ‘Pedestrians, drivers and pets have been hurt and killed in the immediate vicinity of my home and I am happy that the changes will slow down all vehicles and increase the safety of every road user.’
      • ‘It's not extensive enough and talking to people in the immediate vicinity is not sufficient.’
      nearest, near, close, closest, next-door
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    2. 2.2 (of a relation or action) without an intervening medium or agency; direct.
      ‘coronary thrombosis was the immediate cause of death’
      • ‘‘So far in museum exhibitions, the visitor was not placed in immediate contact with the past,’ he wrote.’
      • ‘Catholicism, then, knows immediate presence rather than symbolism.’
      • ‘The lesson is that, while all sorts of moments of illumination can occur, it is not to be expected that knowing this God will be instantaneous or immediate.’
      • ‘This work brought her into immediate contact with those just surviving.’
      • ‘Not so long ago, art galleries were often full of people looking at recognisable objects for which they felt an immediate connection.’
      • ‘It further held, allowing the Commissioners' appeal, that on the facts the requisite ‘direct and immediate link’ was not established.’
      • ‘The ticking of the new clock was an immediate presence in the dark bedroom.’
      • ‘Where there is not immediate presence, account must be taken of the possibility of alterations in the circumstances, for which the defendant should not be responsible.’
      • ‘The immediate connection between the ‘Void’ and our conceptions of chaos may not be explicit to many readers.’
      • ‘Carbohydrates are the ones to watch here - since fats and proteins have little immediate effect on blood sugar.’
      • ‘E-mails and mobiles make everything immediate and we are expected to do things immediately.’
      • ‘But it has also presented an immediate and magnified picture of what war means on the ground, removed from any wider context of the political ends being pursued.’
      • ‘But what I felt was the kind of fear that comes from being in the immediate presence of great evil.’
      • ‘The national department of the environment and tourism said this material did not present an immediate danger to the environment as it was well-packed.’
      • ‘The abolitionist movement developed primarily in the nations of Western Europe and their overseas offshoots, often without the immediate presence of legal slavery.’
      • ‘Many historians working in Germany today have judged that that educative effort had little immediate effect on popular attitudes.’
      • ‘The imitation did not represent the thing but was the thing and replaced the thing's immediate presence.’
      • ‘It is a story that would be lacking without the immediate presence of the actress right there with you, telling you a tale with her whole being.’
      • ‘The writer's deployment of language might be delightfully immediate, even teasingly trivial.’
      • ‘The adult males' roars are often so loud and startling that first-time visitors are convinced they are in the immediate presence of a jaguar.’
      direct, primary
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  • 3Philosophy
    (of knowledge or reaction) gained or shown without reasoning; intuitive.

    • ‘Hume had shown that no immediate knowledge of causes is possible, for we have no impression of necessary connection.’
    • ‘Knowledge that is immediate may supply the premises for the inference of further knowledge, but even immediate knowledge depends on coherence.’
    • ‘Heidegger grounded his philosophy in phenomenology, the close examination of the given field of immediate experience.’
    • ‘A second feature of Kantian intuition is that it yields immediate knowledge.’
    • ‘The notion allows Heidegger to avoid giving primacy to non-theoretical immediate experience.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘nearest in space or order’): from Old French immediat, or from late Latin immediatus, from in- ‘not’ + mediatus ‘intervening’, past participle of mediare (see mediate).

Pronunciation

immediate

/ɪˈmiːdɪət/