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immediately

adverb uk   /ɪˈmiː.di.ət.li/ us  
A2 now or without waiting or thinking: We really ought to leave immediately. The purpose of the meeting wasn't immediately obvious.C1 close to something or someone in distance or time: Milton Street is on the left, immediately after the bank. They moved in immediately before Christmas. We heard a loud crash from the room immediately above us. closely or directly: The people most immediately affected by the drought are the farmers themselves.

immediately

conjunction uk   /ɪˈmiː.di.ət.li/ UK us  
as soon as: Immediately she'd gone, the boys started to mess about I'll call you immediately I hear anything.
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