Meaning of “immediate” in the English Dictionary

"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

More examples

  • She felt an immediate physical attraction to him.
  • Please excuse me from the rest of the meeting - I've just received a phone call that requires my immediate attention.
  • We demand the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners.
  • The president called for an immediate ceasefire and a resumption of negotiations between the two sides.
  • The customer has only to bring the goods in to any branch and an immediate, no-questions-asked refund or replacement will be provided.

(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

(Definition of “immediate” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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