Definition of immediately in English:

immediately

adverb

  • 1At once; instantly:

    ‘I rang immediately for an ambulance’
    • ‘Even if they ring off immediately they'll stay connected for a minimum of five minutes.’
    • ‘The boat passed out of the harbour and immediately things began to get better.’
    • ‘I scraped once and immediately a frog sounded once from beneath the porch.’
    • ‘Once inside, I immediately fall in with four London guys who are also staying in our hotel.’
    • ‘Once cooked rinse it immediately in cold water, then let it soak in fresh cold water while you get on with the sauce.’
    • ‘The quick acting anaesthetic took hold immediately, too fast for me even to speak.’
    • ‘There is no time to take a position and you end up facing your own goal, which immediately sets alarm bells ringing.’
    • ‘Pool staff tried to revive him and an ambulance was called immediately.’
    • ‘He immediately rang the police on his mobile telephone and explained what had happened.’
    • ‘Almost immediately two of the jurors began to cry and were left obviously distressed by what they were asked to study.’
    • ‘She said the prisoner was attended to immediately and an ambulance was called.’
    • ‘On his return, he joined Shackleton and immediately set sail once more for the Antarctic.’
    • ‘I of course told him that he was drunk and should immediately ring and book me a flight.’
    • ‘He immediately attempted to contact a nurse by ringing the hospital bell near his bedside.’
    • ‘I had an opportunity to chat with him once or twice, and was immediately impressed by his fund of knowledge.’
    • ‘When an older gentleman next got on people jumped up immediately without being prompted.’
    • ‘Once it is produced and transported it must immediately be delivered to buyers or users.’
    • ‘It seems clear to me, however, that one may know things for an instant and immediately forget.’
    • ‘Serve immediately straight out of the saucepan into deep soup bowls with the olives and eggs to the side.’
    • ‘Once elected, MPs immediately fall out of the control of those who elect them.’
    straight away, at once, right away, right now, instantly, now, directly, promptly, forthwith, this/that, that very minute, this very minute, that instant, this instant, there and then, here and now, in a flash, without delay, without hesitation, without further ado, post-haste
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  • 2Without any intervening time or space:

    ‘she was sitting immediately behind me’
    • ‘Duval stood immediately behind the green, applauding as Palmer came into view.’
    • ‘It still exists but has been relocated and now runs immediately south of Union Station.’
    • ‘Sitting in the penalty box at Philadelphia, he was heckled by fans immediately behind him.’
    • ‘That left just four directors to go immediately from the annual meeting to an emergency board meeting.’
    • ‘Some of these axes were even deposited in a marshy basin immediately north of the henge complex.’
    • ‘He was unaware that he was upside down and thought he was in the corridor immediately behind the coal train's cab.’
    • ‘There is an island just below the weir and the best pegs are the two behind this island and the two immediately below it.’
    • ‘There was irony in the fact that the only player from the area immediately south of the Zambesi had played for England.’
    • ‘He tended to have a few pints very quickly immediately after the close of play and be in bed by 10 o'clock.’
    • ‘It meant he could not make a move on those immediately ahead and was a sitting target for those chasing from behind.’
    • ‘The ban on taking scallops from the area immediately west of Westray has been lifted.’
    • ‘He bounced off the first vehicle and then struck a second immediately behind it.’
    • ‘Anyway, the place to see and be seen at the Masters is under the big oak tree that sits immediately behind the clubhouse.’
    • ‘There was a gateway on the western side and a timber building immediately behind the enclosure boundary.’
    • ‘The aim is to allow the hazard rate to be altered during a time interval immediately after each long flight.’
    • ‘It was hit when the car immediately behind shunted into his vehicle after it was banged from behind by a third motorist.’
    • ‘Juno Beach was six miles wide and the Germans had fortified the area immediately behind the beach.’
    • ‘Colour can certainly affect soil temperature, and that of the air immediately above it.’
    1. 2.1 In direct or very close relation:
      ‘they would be the states most immediately affected by any such action’
      • ‘They are released in the area immediately affected by the subject's behaviour.’
      directly, right, exactly, precisely, squarely, just, dead
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conjunction

British
  • As soon as:

    ‘let me know immediately she arrives’

Pronunciation:

immediately

/ɪˈmiːdɪətli/