[syn: immediate, prompt, quick, straightaway]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Immediate \Im*me"di*ate\, a. [F. imm['e]diat. See In- not, and
1. Not separated in respect to place by anything intervening;
proximate; close; as, immediate contact.
You are the most immediate to our throne. --Shak.
2. Not deferred by an interval of time; present; instant.
"Assemble we immediate council." --Shak.
Death . . . not yet inflicted, as he feared,
By some immediate stroke. --Milton.
3. Acting with nothing interposed or between, or without the
intervention of another object as a cause, means, or
agency; acting, perceived, or produced, directly; as, an
The immediate knowledge of the past is therefore
impossible. --Sir. W.
Immediate amputation (Surg.), an amputation performed
within the first few hours after an injury, and before the
the effects of the shock have passed away.
Syn: Proximate; close; direct; next.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: of the present time and place; "the immediate revisions"
2: very close or connected in space or time; "contiguous
events"; "immediate contact"; "the immediate vicinity"; "the
immediate past" [syn: contiguous, immediate]
3: having no intervening medium; "an immediate influence" [ant:
4: immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and
effect; "the immediate result"; "the immediate cause of the
5: performed with little or no delay; "an immediate reply to my
letter"; "a prompt reply"; "was quick to respond"; "a
straightaway denial" [syn: immediate, prompt, quick,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
198 Moby Thesaurus words for "immediate":
about to be, abrupt, accessible, actual, adjacent, adjoining,
alert, already in sight, approaching, apt, articulated, as is,
at hand, attendant, automatic, available, being, bordering,
brewing, catenated, ceaseless, close, close at hand, closest,
coming, concatenated, connected, connecting, constant,
contemporaneous, contemporary, conterminous, contiguous, continual,
continued, continuing, continuous, coterminous, current, cursory,
cyclical, decisive, direct, end to end, endless, endways, endwise,
existent, existing, expeditious, extant, face to face, featureless,
festinate, feverish, firsthand, flying, forthcoming, fresh,
furious, future, gapless, gathering, going to happen, hair-trigger,
hasty, hurried, immanent, imminent, impendent, impending,
in danger imminent, in prospect, in reserve, in store,
in the cards, in the offing, in the wind, in view, incessant,
indwelling, inherent, instant, instantaneous, instinctive,
interminable, irreversible, joined, jointless, juxtaposed,
juxtapositional, juxtapositive, last-minute, latest,
lightning-like, linked, looming, lowering, lurking, menacing,
modern, momentaneous, momentary, monotonous, near, near at hand,
nearby, nearest, nearing, nearmost, neighbor, neighboring,
never-ending, new, next, nigh, nighest, nonstop, on board, on deck,
on hand, on the horizon, on the spot, one-way, overhanging,
passing, perennial, periodic, preparing, present, present-age,
present-day, present-time, pressing, presto, primary, prompt,
proximate, punctual, quick, quick as lightning, quick as thought,
ready, recurrent, reflex, repetitive, round-the-clock, running,
seamless, serried, slap-bang, slapdash, smooth, snap, speedy,
spontaneous, stable, steady, straight, straightaway,
straightforward, straightway, sudden, summary, superficial, swift,
that be, that is, that will be, threatening, to come, topical,
twenty-four-hour, unbroken, unceasing, undeviating,
undifferentiated, unending, unhesitating, unidirectional, uniform,
unintermitted, unintermittent, unintermitting, uninterrupted,
unrelieved, unremitting, unstopped, unswerving, unthinking,
up-to-date, up-to-the-minute, upcoming, urgent, waiting,
within call, within reach, within sight