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IMMEDIATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does immediate mean? 

IMMEDIATE (adjective)
  The adjective IMMEDIATE has 5 senses:

1. very close or connected in space or time
2. having no intervening medium
3. immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect
4. of the present time and place
5. performed with little or no delay

  Familiarity information: IMMEDIATE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


IMMEDIATE (adjective)


Sense 1immediate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Very close or connected in space or time

Synonyms:

contiguous; immediate

Context examples:

contiguous events / immediate contact / the immediate vicinity / the immediate past

Similar:

close (at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other)


Sense 2immediate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having no intervening medium

Context example:

an immediate influence

Similar:

direct; unmediated (having no intervening persons, agents, conditions)

Attribute:

immediacy; immediateness (lack of an intervening or mediating agency)

Antonym:

mediate (acting through or dependent on an intervening agency)


Sense 3immediate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect

Context examples:

the immediate result / the immediate cause of the trouble

Similar:

proximate (closest in degree or order (space or time) especially in a chain of causes and effects)


Sense 4immediate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the present time and place

Context example:

the immediate revisions

Similar:

present (temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration)


Sense 5immediate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Performed with little or no delay

Synonyms:

straightaway; prompt; immediate; quick

Context examples:

an immediate reply to my letter / prompt obedience / was quick to respond / a straightaway denial

Similar:

fast (acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly)


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