I. adverb Date: 15th century 1. in direct connection or relation ; directly <
the parties immediately involved in the case
the house immediately beyond this one
2. without interval of time ; straightway <
I'll make that call immediately
II. conjunction Date: 1839 chiefly British as soon as

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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