immediate

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.

Primary Meanings of immediate

1.
adj
immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect
2.
adj
having no intervening medium
Full Definitions of immediate
1

adj immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect

“the immediate result”
“the immediate cause of the trouble”
Synonyms:
proximate
closest in degree or order (space or time) especially in a chain of causes and effects

adj performed with little or no delay

“an immediate reply to my letter”
Synonyms:
prompt, quick, straightaway
fast
acting or moving or capable of acting or moving quickly

adj of the present time and place

“the immediate revisions”
Synonyms:
present
temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration

adj very close or connected in space or time

immediate contact”
“the immediate vicinity”
“the immediate past”
Synonyms:
contiguous
close
at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other
2

adj having no intervening medium

“an immediate influence”
Synonyms:
direct, unmediated
having no intervening persons, agents, conditions
Antonyms:
mediate
acting through or dependent on an intervening agency
indirect
having intervening factors or persons or influences
mediated
acting or brought about through an intervening agency
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