Something immediate is happening now or right away. If you're in immediate danger, you'd better run or call 911.

Immediate is a word that pretty much means "now." If you take immediate action, then there's no delay. If you need immediate assistance, you can't wait for assistance. The related word immediately should be a clue, since it also means "right now." If something is happening later, or it happened a long time ago, or you have to wait for it at all, then it's not immediate.

Definitions of immediate
  1. adjective
    immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect
    “the immediate result”
    “the immediate cause of the trouble”
    closest in degree or order (space or time) especially in a chain of causes and effects
  2. adjective
    performed with little or no delay
    “an immediate reply to my letter”
    synonyms: prompt, quick, straightaway
    acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly
  3. adjective
    of the present time and place
    “the immediate revisions”
    temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration
  4. adjective
    very close or connected in space or time
    immediate contact”
    “the immediate vicinity”
    “the immediate past”
    synonyms: contiguous
    at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other
  5. adjective
    having no intervening medium
    “an immediate influence”
    direct, unmediated
    having no intervening persons, agents, conditions
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    acting through or dependent on an intervening agency
    having intervening factors or persons or influences
    acting or brought about through an intervening agency
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