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immediately Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
    straightaway; forthwith; like a shot; at once; straight off; directly; right away; now; instantly.
    • he answered immediately
    • found an answer straightaway
    • an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith
    • Come here now!
  2. adverb near or close by
    • he passed immediately behind her
  3. adverb bearing an immediate relation
    • this immediately concerns your future

Im*me"di*ate*ly adverb
  1. In an immediate manner; without intervention of any other person or thing; proximately; directly; -- opposed to mediately; as, immediately contiguous.
    God's acceptance of it either immediately by himself, or mediately by the hands of the bishop. South.
  2. Without interval of time; without delay; promptly; instantly; at once.
    And Jesus . . . touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matt. viii. 3.
  3. As soon as. Cf. Directly,
  4. , Note. Syn. -- Directly; instantly; quickly; forthwith; straightway; presently. See Directly.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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