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immediatelyadverb

uk   /ɪˈmiː.di.ət.li/ us   /ɪˈmiː.di.ət.li/
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.

immediatelyconjunction

uk   /ɪˈmiː.di.ət.li/ us   /ɪˈmiː.di.ət.li/ UK
(Definition of immediately from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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immediatelyadverb

us   /ɪˈmid·i·ət·li/
  • immediately adverb (NOW)

now or without waiting or thinking: The plane began to turn to the left almost immediately after takeoff.
  • immediately adverb (CLOSE)

close to something or someone: Turn left, and the bathroom is immediately on the right.
(Definition of immediately from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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