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immediately

1 adverb
     
im‧me‧di‧ate‧ly1 S2 W1
1 without delay [= at once]:
Mix in the remaining ingredients and serve immediately.
The telephone rang, and he answered it immediately.
2 very soon before or after something
immediately after/following something
He retired immediately after the end of the war.
immediately before/preceding something
I can't remember what happened immediately before the crash.
3

immediately obvious/apparent

able to be seen or understood very easily:
The solution to this problem is not immediately obvious.
4 [+ adjective/adverb] very near to something
immediately behind/above/below/in front of etc something
the seat immediately behind the driver
5

immediately affected/concerned/involved etc

very closely involved etc in a particular situation:
Those most immediately involved in the disaster will be given support.

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