Meaning of immediate constituent

imme'diate constit'uent

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  1. one of the usually two largest constituents of a construction: The immediate constituents of He ate his dinner are he and ate his dinner; of ate his dinner are ate and his dinner; etc. Abbr.: IC&hasp;&hasp; Cf. ultimate constituent.
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