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

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  • /ɪˈmiːdiətli/
  • Hyphenation: im·me·di·ate·ly


  1. In an immediate manner; instantly or without delay.
    I hope we can begin immediately.


in an immediate manner
  • Danish: øjeblikkeligt, med det samme
  • Dutch: meteen, direct, onmiddellijk
  • Finnish: heti, välittömästi
  • French: immédiatement, tout de suite
  • German: sofort
  • Greek: αμέσως
  • Hungarian: azonnal
  • Polish: zaraz, natychmiast
  • Portuguese: imediatamente
  • Slovene: takoj
  • Spanish: de inmediato, ya
  • Swedish: ögonblickligen, på direkten

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

PDQ, amain, anon, apace, at once, away, by forced marches, closely, contiguously, cursorily, decisively, directly, expeditiously, feverishly, forthwith, furiously, hand over fist, hastily, helter-skelter, hotfoot, hurriedly, hurry-scurry, in a jiffy, in a second, in a wink, in no time, in passing, instantaneously, instanter, instantly, intimately, just now, just then, momentaneously, momentarily, momently, now, on the dot, on the instant, on the nail, on the run, on the spot, pell-mell, pretty damned quick, promptly, pronto, quickly, right away, right now, right off, shortly, slapdash, smartly, soon, speedily, straightaway, straightway, subito, summarily, superficially, swiftly, this instant, tout de suite, when, with a rush, with all haste, with all speed, with dispatch, with haste, without delay, without further delay, without hesitation
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