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Definition of Immediate


  1. Not separated in respect to place by anything intervening; proximate; close; as, immediate contact.
  2. Not deferred by an interval of time; present; instant.
  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 immediate cause.

Immediate Quotations

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.
Pat Riley

Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values.
Joshua L. Liebman

The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter - for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way.
Nikola Tesla

Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance.
Nikola Tesla

There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.
George Carlin
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Immediate Translations

immediate in Dutch is ogenblikkelijk, prompt
immediate in German is unmittelbar
immediate in Italian is immediato
immediate in Portuguese is imediato
immediate in Swedish is omedelbar
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