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Meaning of immediate

im•me•di•ate

Pronunciation: (i-mē'dē-it), [key]
— adj.
  1. occurring or accomplished without delay; instant: an immediate reply.
  2. following or preceding without a lapse of time: the immediate future.
  3. having no object or space intervening; nearest or next: in the immediate vicinity.
  4. of or pertaining to the present time or moment: our immediate plans.
  5. without intervening medium or agent; direct: an immediate cause.
  6. having a direct bearing: immediate consideration.
  7. very close in relationship: my immediate family.
  8. directly intuited.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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