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UK [ɪˈmiːdɪətlɪ] / US [ɪˈmɪdɪətlɪ] adverb, conjunction

Immediately can be used in the following ways: - as an adverb (with a verb): I immediately recognized his voice. (followed by a preposition or another adverb): She's the woman who was standing immediately next to me. Our team scored another goal almost immediately afterwards. (followed by an adjective): It was immediately obvious that there was some kind of problem. - as a conjunction (connecting two clauses) in British English: I'll phone you immediately I hear any news.
1) without delay
a) very quickly and without delay

She decided to leave immediately.

I did not immediately realize how serious the situation was.

It was immediately apparent that something unpleasant had happened.

b) British used for showing that something happens just after something else, with no pause or delay

Immediately he saw her, he fell in love with her.

The press will be informed immediately the election result is known.

2) just before or just after an event

She was with Roosevelt immediately before his death.

immediately upon (= just after):

He joined the army immediately upon leaving school.

3) with no one or nothing between

We could hear noises coming from the room immediately below us.

Jenny's parents were sitting immediately in front of us.

4) most directly

those officers who had been immediately involved in the investigation

the areas immediately affected by the storms

English dictionary. 2014.

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