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"immediately" in British English

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immediatelyadverb

uk   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 ​loudcrash from the ​room immediately above us. closely or ​directly: The ​people most immediately ​affected by the ​drought are the ​farmers themselves.

immediatelyconjunction

uk   us   /ɪˈmiː.di.ət.li/ UK
as ​soon as: Immediately she'd gone, the ​boysstarted to ​mess about I'll ​call you immediately I ​hear anything.
(Definition of immediately from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"immediately" in American English

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immediatelyadverb

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

now or without ​waiting or ​thinking: The ​planebegan to ​turn to the ​leftalmost 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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