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adverb immediately pronunciation in American English /ɪˈmidiətli/
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  1. 1
    very quickly and without delay
    When she saw him come in, she decided to leave immediately.
    I did not immediately realize how serious the situation was.
    It was immediately apparent that something bad had happened.
  2. 2
    most directly
    those officers who had been immediately involved in the investigation
    the areas immediately affected by the storms
  3. 3
    with no one or nothing between
    We could hear noises coming from the room immediately below us.
    Jenny’s parents were sitting immediately in front of us.
  4. 4
    just before or just after an event
    She was with Roosevelt immediately before his death.
    immediately upon (=just after): He joined the army immediately upon leaving school.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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