Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Without delay.
  • adverb Without an intermediary; directly.
  • conjunction As soon as; directly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an immediate manner; without the intervention of anything; proximately; directly.
  • Without lapse of time; without delay; instantly.
  • Synonyms Instantaneously, promptly, forthwith, straightway.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In an immediate manner; without intervention of any other person or thing; proximately; directly; -- opposed to mediately.
  • adverb Without interval of time; without delay; promptly; instantly; at once.
  • adverb As soon as. Cf. Directly, 8, Note.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb In an immediate manner; instantly or without delay.
  • conjunction Indicates that the dependent clause describes something that occurs immediately after the independent clause's referent does.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
  • adverb near or close by
  • adverb bearing an immediate relation

Etymologies

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immediate +‎ -ly

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