- without lapse of time; without delay; instantly; at once: Please telephone him immediately.
- with no object or space intervening.
- closely: immediately in the vicinity.
- without intervening medium or agent; concerning or affecting directly.
- Chiefly British. the moment that; as soon as.
Origin of immediately
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1. instantaneously, forthwith. Immediately, instantly, directly, presently were once close synonyms, all denoting complete absence of delay or any lapse of time. Immediately and instantly still almost always have that sense and usually mean at once: He got up immediately. She responded instantly to the request. Directly is usually equivalent to soon, in a little while rather than at once: You go ahead, we'll join you directly. Presently changes sense according to the tense of the verb with which it is used. With a present tense verb it usually means now, at the present time: The author presently lives in San Francisco. She is presently working on a new novel. In some contexts, especially those involving a contrast between the present and the near future, presently can mean soon or in a little while: She is at the office now but will be home presently.
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Examples from the Web for immediately
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Philothea was stooping to unlace her sandal, and she immediately picked it up.Philothea
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Immediately after this they go to class-meeting at the Methodist Church.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
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We shall not achieve it immediately—but we still shall strive.
It was immediately observed, that his attention was fixed on me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Immediately Franks, with a stage-bow, offered Hester a chair.Weighed and Wanting
- without delay or intervention; at once; instantlyit happened immediately
- very closely or directlythis immediately concerns you
- near or close byhe's somewhere immediately in this area
- (subordinating) mainly British at the same time as; as soon asimmediately he opened the door, there was a gust of wind
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Word Origin and History for immediately
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