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immediateadjective

uk   us   /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.C1 used to refer to 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. The ​public has ​demanded his immediate ​resignation.the immediate future the ​period of ​time that is coming nextyour immediate family yourclosestrelations, such as ​yourparents, ​children, ​husband, or ​wife

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(Definition of immediate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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immediateadjective

 us   /ɪˈmid·i·ət/
  • immediate adjective (NO DELAY)

happening or done without ​delay or very ​soon after something ​else: She made an immediate ​impact when she ​arrived to ​coach the ​team. Emotional ​outburstsfollowed in the immediate ​aftermath of Stewart’s ​death.
  • immediate adjective (NEAREST)

nearest in ​space or ​relationship: There are three ​schools in the immediate ​area.immediate family Your immediate ​familyincludesyourclosestfamilymembers, such as ​yourparents, ​children, ​husband or ​wife, and ​brothers and ​sisters.
(Definition of immediate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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