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1       adv   If something happens immediately, it happens without any delay.  
ADV with v  
He immediately flung himself to the floor..., Ingrid answered Peter's letter immediately.     
2       adv   If something is immediately obvious, it can be seen or understood without any delay.  
ADV adj   (=instantly)  
The cause of the accident was not immediately apparent.     
3       adv   Immediately is used to indicate that someone or something is closely and directly involved in a situation.  
ADV adj/-ed  
The man immediately responsible for this misery is the province's governor...     
4       adv   Immediately is used to emphasize that something comes next, or is next to something else.  
ADV prep/adj   (=directly)  
She always sits immediately behind the driver...     
5       conj   If one thing happens immediately something else happens, it happens after that event, without any delay.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
Immediately I've done it I feel completely disgusted with myself.     
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1    at once, before you could say Jack Robinson     (informal)   directly, forthwith, instantly, now, on the nail, posthaste, promptly, pronto     (informal)   right away, right now, straight away, this instant, this very minute, tout de suite, unhesitatingly, without delay, without hesitation  
2    at first hand, closely, directly, nearly  

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Poisonously vicious person in position of power who is not immediately identified as such. Both sexes. Euphemism.
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