- im|me|di|ate [ ı`midiət ] adjective ***1. ) happening or done now, without any delay:Our government must take immediate action.Restrictions on advertising had an immediate impact on rates of teenage smoking.The rebels demanded the immediate release of the prisoners.a ) your immediate reaction to something is the first thing you think, feel, or do when it happens:My immediate response was to say yes.The announcement brought immediate denunciation from environmental bodies.b ) existing now and needing urgent action:There doesn't seem to be any immediate danger.The French threat was the most immediate and damaging.c ) only before noun existing in the period of time directly before or after an event:in the immediate prewar periodimmediate aftermath: terrible pictures of the immediate aftermath of the earthquakethe immediate future: The two men have different plans for the immediate future.2. ) only before noun someone in an immediate relationship to you is closely connected to you:She is my immediate superior (=the person directly in charge of me).members of the President's immediate entourageimmediate family (=your parents, children, brothers, and sisters): People with immediate family on the plane are asked to call the airline.a ) immediate predecessor/successor the person who comes directly before or after you in a particular job or relationship:a decision made by his immediate predecessor at the State Department3. ) only before noun immediate aims, wishes, or needs are of the greatest importance and are dealt with first:Our immediate aim is to qualify for next year's finals.4. ) only before noun next to a place or person, or a very small distance away from them:immediate vicinity (=area): There are several pleasant paths in the immediate vicinity.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.