Definition of immediately in English:



  • 1At once; instantly.

    ‘I called immediately for an ambulance’
    • ‘Once elected, MPs immediately fall out of the control of those who elect them.’
    • ‘She said the prisoner was attended to immediately and an ambulance was called.’
    • ‘It seems clear to me, however, that one may know things for an instant and immediately forget.’
    • ‘I of course told him that he was drunk and should immediately ring and book me a flight.’
    • ‘Once it is produced and transported it must immediately be delivered to buyers or users.’
    • ‘I scraped once and immediately a frog sounded once from beneath the porch.’
    • ‘Serve immediately straight out of the saucepan into deep soup bowls with the olives and eggs to the side.’
    • ‘He immediately attempted to contact a nurse by ringing the hospital bell near his bedside.’
    • ‘Even if they ring off immediately they'll stay connected for a minimum of five minutes.’
    • ‘Almost immediately two of the jurors began to cry and were left obviously distressed by what they were asked to study.’
    • ‘The quick acting anaesthetic took hold immediately, too fast for me even to speak.’
    • ‘Pool staff tried to revive him and an ambulance was called immediately.’
    • ‘When an older gentleman next got on people jumped up immediately without being prompted.’
    • ‘There is no time to take a position and you end up facing your own goal, which immediately sets alarm bells ringing.’
    • ‘Once inside, I immediately fall in with four London guys who are also staying in our hotel.’
    • ‘He immediately rang the police on his mobile telephone and explained what had happened.’
    • ‘I had an opportunity to chat with him once or twice, and was immediately impressed by his fund of knowledge.’
    • ‘On his return, he joined Shackleton and immediately set sail once more for the Antarctic.’
    • ‘The boat passed out of the harbour and immediately things began to get better.’
    • ‘Once cooked rinse it immediately in cold water, then let it soak in fresh cold water while you get on with the sauce.’
    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’
    • ‘It still exists but has been relocated and now runs immediately south of Union Station.’
    • ‘The aim is to allow the hazard rate to be altered during a time interval immediately after each long flight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was irony in the fact that the only player from the area immediately south of the Zambesi had played for England.’
    • ‘It meant he could not make a move on those immediately ahead and was a sitting target for those chasing from behind.’
    • ‘Sitting in the penalty box at Philadelphia, he was heckled by fans immediately behind him.’
    • ‘The ban on taking scallops from the area immediately west of Westray has been lifted.’
    • ‘He tended to have a few pints very quickly immediately after the close of play and be in bed by 10 o'clock.’
    • ‘Duval stood immediately behind the green, applauding as Palmer came into view.’
    • ‘It was hit when the car immediately behind shunted into his vehicle after it was banged from behind by a third motorist.’
    • ‘Some of these axes were even deposited in a marshy basin immediately north of the henge complex.’
    • ‘That left just four directors to go immediately from the annual meeting to an emergency board meeting.’
    • ‘He was unaware that he was upside down and thought he was in the corridor immediately behind the coal train's cab.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is an island just below the weir and the best pegs are the two behind this island and the two immediately below it.’
    • ‘He bounced off the first vehicle and then struck a second immediately behind it.’
    1. 2.1In 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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  • As soon as.

    ‘let me know immediately she arrives’