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adverb immediately pronunciation in American English /ɪˈmidiətli/
  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.


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