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  1. without lapse of time; without delay; instantly; at once: Please telephone him immediately.
  2. with no object or space intervening.
  3. closely: immediately in the vicinity.
  4. without intervening medium or agent; concerning or affecting directly.
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  1. Chiefly British. the moment that; as soon as.
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Origin of immediately

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at immediate, -ly
Can be confusedcurrently immediately momentarily now presently soon (see synonym study at the current entry) (see usage note at presently)

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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.

Antonyms for immediately

1. later.
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Related Words for immediately

shortly, forthwith, urgently, soon, promptly, directly, rapidly, instantly, now, anon, away, instantaneously, pronto, summarily, thereupon, PDQ, double-time, hereupon, instanter, unhesitatingly

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British Dictionary definitions for immediately


  1. without delay or intervention; at once; instantlyit happened immediately
  2. very closely or directlythis immediately concerns you
  3. near or close byhe's somewhere immediately in this area
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  1. (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


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

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