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immediate

adjective     /ɪˈmiː.di.ət/
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.Immediately 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.Closeness in distance and timeAbout to happen B2 in the present or as soon as possible: We have no immediate plans. MPs have demanded his immediate resignation.Now the immediate future the period of time that is coming nextBefore, after and alreadyAfter and behind your immediate family your closest relations, such as your parents, children, husband, or wifeFamily relations in general
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