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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.

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IMMEDIATE (adjective)

Sense 1immediate [BACK TO TOP]


Very close or connected in space or time


contiguous; immediate

Context examples:

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


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

Sense 2immediate [BACK TO TOP]


Having no intervening medium

Context example:

an immediate influence


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


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


mediate (acting through or dependent on an intervening agency)

Sense 3immediate [BACK TO TOP]


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

Context examples:

the immediate result / the immediate cause of the trouble


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

Sense 4immediate [BACK TO TOP]


Of the present time and place

Context example:

the immediate revisions


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

Sense 5immediate [BACK TO TOP]


Performed with little or no delay


straightaway; prompt; immediate; quick

Context examples:

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


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

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