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immediate

im·me·di·ate

immediate

 
 
pronunciation:
mi di iht
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: happening right away; instant.
When she asked him to explain his absence, he gave her an immediate answer.
synonyms:
instant, simultaneous
antonyms:
deferred, delayed, eventual
similar words:
hasty, prompt, quick, swift
definition 2: next in order; without anything between.
He sat on her immediate left.
synonyms:
next
antonyms:
distant, far
similar words:
adjacent, following, neighboring, succeeding
definition 3: close in space or time; near.
All her friends live in the immediate neighborhood.The immediate past is easier to remember than the distant past.
synonyms:
close, near
antonyms:
distant, remote
similar words:
imminent, nearest, neighboring
derivation: immediateness (n.)
Word Builder: immediate +
  • immediately:
    very soon; without delay.
Word Parts
The word immediate contains the following parts:
im-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix im-2 occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of in-2 used before roots beginning with the letter "m," "p," and "b." See in-2.
medi Latin root that means middle
synonyms:
meso-