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im·me·di·ate

immediate

 
 
pronunciation:
mi di iht
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: happening without delay; instant.
They are demanding an immediate response to their offer.Without immediate medical attention, the wounds will become infected.
synonyms:
instant, instantaneous, simultaneous
antonyms:
deferred, delayed, eventual
similar words:
hasty, prompt, quick, speedy, spot, swift
definition 2: following in sequence; nearest or next in line; without anything between.
His sister sat on his immediate left.
synonyms:
next
antonyms:
distant, far
similar words:
adjacent, adjoining, contiguous, direct, following, neighboring, proximate, sequent, subsequent, succeeding
definition 3: close in space or time; near.
I was not in the immediate vicinity of the accident, so I didn't see what happened.My mother often has trouble recalling the events of the immediate past although she remembers things from long ago.
synonyms:
close, near, present, proximate
antonyms:
distant, remote
similar words:
imminent, nearest, neighboring, nigh
definition 4: of present or pressing concern.
She needed to get on with her immediate duties and had no time for chatting.The council has more immediate problems to worry about than where the festival will take place next year.
synonyms:
present, urgent
similar words:
current, instant, pressing
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derivation: immediateness (n.)
Word Builder: immediate +
  • immediately:
    very soon; without delay.
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