immediate Definition

  • 1occurring or done instantly; without delay
  • 2closest in relationship or rank

Using immediate: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "immediate" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We need to take immediate action to solve this problem.

  • Example

    The company is facing immediate financial difficulties.

  • Example

    I have an immediate family of four.

  • Example

    The immediate cause of the accident is still unknown.

immediate Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for immediate

Idioms Using immediate

  • jump at the chance/opportunity (to do something) immediately

    to eagerly accept or take advantage of an opportunity as soon as it arises


    When I was offered the job in New York, I jumped at the chance immediately.

  • in the nearby area or location


    There are no restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the hotel.

  • a situation where a patient's health or safety is in imminent danger


    The nursing home was cited for immediate jeopardy after a resident fell and broke her hip.

Phrases with immediate

  • immediate gratification

    the experience of pleasure or satisfaction without delay or deferment


    Social media provides us with immediate gratification, but it can also be addictive.

  • a person's closest relatives, such as parents, siblings, spouse, and children


    Only immediate family members are allowed to visit the patient in the ICU.

  • a person who holds a higher rank or position in an organization than someone else


    If you have any problems, please report them to your immediate superior.

Origins of immediate

from Latin 'immediatus', meaning 'without anything between'


Summary: immediate in Brief

The term 'immediate' [ɪˈmiːdiət] refers to something that happens or is done instantly, without delay. It can also describe the closest relationships or ranks. Examples include 'We need to take immediate action to solve this problem.' and 'I have an immediate family of four.' Phrases like 'immediate gratification' and idioms like 'jump at the chance/opportunity (to do something) immediately' highlight the importance of immediacy in various contexts.

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