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"immediate" in British English

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immediateadjective

uk   /ɪˈmiː.di.ət/  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 next
your immediate family

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

"immediate" in American English

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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 outbursts followed 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
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“immediate” in American English

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