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immediate

adjective uk   /ɪˈmiː.di.ət/ us  
B2 happening or done without delay or very soon after something else: We must make an immediate response. Dioxin is a poison that takes immediate effect. C1 describes something or someone that is close to, or is a cause of or an effect of, something or someone else: There are few facilities in the immediate area. An immediate result/effect of the war was a breakdown of law and order. B2 in the present or as soon as possible: We have no immediate plans. MPs have demanded his immediate resignation. the immediate future the period of time that is coming next your immediate family your closest relations, such as your parents, children, husband, or wife
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