im-me-di-ate / ĭ-mē-dē-ĭt
1. occurring right away, instant
Though sin often brings immediate pleasure, it gives no lasting joy.
R. C. Sproul, 1939 –
2. directly following or preceding, with no time in between
The immediate future is going to be tragic for all of us unless we find a way of making the vast educational resources of this country serve the true purpose of education, truth and justice.
Anne Sullivan Macy, 1866 – 1936
3. close in proximity; near
If you take care of your immediate surroundings, the universe will take care of itself.
Mahatma Gandhi, 1869 – 1948
4. directly related; not separated by intervening factors
Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
Thomas Jefferson, 1743 – 1826
5. directly adjacent
Turkey’s relations with its immediate neighbors are improving.
Andrew Mango, 1926 – 2014
6. relating to the present time; current
Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions.
Thomas Paine, 1737 – 1809
7. very closely related
We all need that extra friend outside of our immediate family to talk about that extra stuff you wouldn’t normally talk to your parents about.
Bethany Hamilton, 1990 –
From the Mediaeval Latin adjective immediatus (having nothing in between), a combination of the prefix in (not) and the past passive participle mediatus (mediated).
Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.