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’
    • ‘The most immediate impact is the rapid water and solute loss caused by tissue damage.’
    • ‘As a result, our impact was almost immediate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was instantly smitten with the immediate gratification.’
    • ‘There is no question but that the impact of this on confidence will be immediate.’
    • ‘Anyone caught breaching the ‘yellow card’ will face immediate arrest and an instant sentence of three months.’
    • ‘I think there is more immediate gratification with this.’
    • ‘This in turn has triggered the disappearance of a system of symbols that once enabled immediate identification of a woman's status.’
    • ‘However, these concepts are introduced all at once with no immediate application for the student.’
    • ‘Somebody who has collapsed as a result of a cardiac arrest needs immediate attention.’
    • ‘But at that time, see, it's all about instant gratification, immediate gratification.’
    • ‘Don't try to make it happen all at once and expect immediate physical change.’
    • ‘Brown's response to this fundamental problem was immediate, once it had been brought to his attention.’
    • ‘Physiological recordings from the central nervous system indicate that the response is almost immediate with a very short latency.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Do we not have the technology to make a deodorant immediate and long-lasting?’
    • ‘What were the immediate reactions of the students in the aftermath of September 11?’
    • ‘If your child is very dehydrated, she needs immediate medical attention.’
    • ‘Their response was almost immediate and crucially telling.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the meantime, the defendant is released on her own recognizance, as she presents no immediate threat to the artistic community.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Get people to voice their immediate current concerns or questions.’
      • ‘And once the immediate conflict was over, why did he disappear?’
      • ‘The court heard the infestation presented an immediate risk of injury to health.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mr Gill said there would be no speedy return to normality once the immediate foot and mouth crisis is over.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last Thursday, a high-profile military booster in Congress suddenly shattered the conventional wisdom that immediate withdrawal is unthinkable.’
      • ‘Of more immediate concern is what banks need to do when presented with a freezing order.’
      • ‘More than the big picture, look at the immediate, present needs.’
      • ‘Kaizen appears particularly successful in shaping commitment once the immediate threat to jobs has disappeared.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are hopeful however that once the immediate uncertainty abates there would be a quick return of consumer confidence.’
      • ‘There are big issues of governance, debt, aid, trade and development that will have to be addressed once the immediate crisis management is over.’
      • ‘I would have told her more - or maybe I couldn't have - but I knew nothing beyond the immediate present.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘Close ties with immediate and extended families are an important aspect of Colombian life, providing support in many aspects of life.’
    • ‘Both weddings have had about 30 guests - just immediate family and close friends - and both have used restaurants for their reception.’
    • ‘It coexists with the real possibility of mainstream status, whether that status lies in the immediate past or near future.’
    • ‘As daylight drew close, she began to think about the immediate future.’
    • ‘He said about seven of the boy's immediate family and close friends had been given antibiotics.’
    • ‘I'm very close to my immediate family, with the exception of my father’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All 13 members of his immediate family attended a memorial service in New York yesterday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She knew that she shouldn't trust anyone outside of her immediate family or tiny group of close friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both candidates are looking to history and not to the immediate present.’
    • ‘I hope it's my immediate family and some close friends and a keg of beer.’
    • ‘In the more immediate future, the company has a few twists on the way.’
    • ‘There will be some plenary sessions as well as time for the presentation of papers from outside the immediate concerns of the organisers.’
    • ‘You're very close with your immediate family in Brussels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What kind of relationships have you established with the immediate families, relatives and friends of the victims?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We don't even know how we would get aid in the immediate aftermath.’
    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’
      • ‘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 say a retreat in the immediate presence of the enemy is the most difficult of military maneuvers to pull off.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rather it was a sense of living in the present, appreciating my immediate environment, and giving feelings equal footing with ideas.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘All of the damage was confined to the barge and the very immediate vicinity, within yards,’ Mr Bloomberg said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There were claims that an undercover security force team was operating in the immediate vicinity that night and helped ‘set up’ the three republicans.’
      • ‘It's not extensive enough and talking to people in the immediate vicinity is not sufficient.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Martin created a bit of a barrier of folded space around his immediate vicinity.’
      • ‘Individually, stones help us focus on a particular energy, by wearing them or enjoying their presence in our immediate environment.’
      • ‘There is only one coffee bar in the immediate area, for instance.’
      • ‘They use gestures, exaggerated voices, or pronouncements to represent things that are not present in the immediate environment.’
      • ‘He also disputed the number of car parking spaces, which reputedly would be available in the immediate vicinity of the licensed premises.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The ban forbids smoking anywhere which is considered council property, including the Guildhall yard and in the immediate vicinity of authority buildings.’
      • ‘There are schools, shops, restaurants and sports clubs in the immediate vicinity.’
      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.’
      • ‘Not so long ago, art galleries were often full of people looking at recognisable objects for which they felt an immediate connection.’
      • ‘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 adult males' roars are often so loud and startling that first-time visitors are convinced they are in the immediate presence of a jaguar.’
      • ‘The immediate connection between the ‘Void’ and our conceptions of chaos may not be explicit to many readers.’
      • ‘The imitation did not represent the thing but was the thing and replaced the thing's immediate presence.’
      • ‘But what I felt was the kind of fear that comes from being in the immediate presence of great evil.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘E-mails and mobiles make everything immediate and we are expected to do things immediately.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Catholicism, then, knows immediate presence rather than symbolism.’
      • ‘The writer's deployment of language might be delightfully immediate, even teasingly trivial.’
      • ‘The abolitionist movement developed primarily in the nations of Western Europe and their overseas offshoots, often without the immediate presence of legal slavery.’
      • ‘The ticking of the new clock was an immediate presence in the dark bedroom.’
      • ‘Carbohydrates are the ones to watch here - since fats and proteins have little immediate effect on blood sugar.’
      • ‘This work brought her into immediate contact with those just surviving.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many historians working in Germany today have judged that that educative effort had little immediate effect on popular attitudes.’
      • ‘It further held, allowing the Commissioners' appeal, that on the facts the requisite ‘direct and immediate link’ was not established.’
      direct, primary
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  • 3Philosophy
    (of knowledge or reaction) gained or shown without reasoning; intuitive.

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

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/