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[ih-mee-dee-it-lee] /ɪˈmi di ɪt li/
without lapse of time; without delay; instantly; at once:
Please telephone him immediately.
with no object or space intervening.
immediately in the vicinity.
without intervening medium or agent; concerning or affecting directly.
Chiefly British. the moment that; as soon as.
Origin of immediately
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at immediate, -ly
Can be confused
currently, immediately, momentarily, now, presently, soon (see synonym study at the current entry; see usage note at presently)
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.
1. later. Unabridged
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  • The captives were to be immediately released, without ransom.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Margaret more than excused it, but she could not immediately answer.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • But immediately a new, manly feeling of self-pride took possession of him.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • He would of course advise the doctor to accept it immediately.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • You must go to Bryanstone Square immediately we return to London.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for immediately


without delay or intervention; at once; instantly: it happened immediately
very closely or directly: this immediately concerns you
near or close by: he's somewhere immediately in this area
(subordinating) (mainly Brit) at the same time as; as soon as: immediately he opened the door, there was a gust of wind
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for immediately

"without intervening time or space," early 15c., from immediate + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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