Meaning of “immediately” in the English Dictionary

"immediately" in British English

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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)

"immediately" in American English

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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)