1) ADV: ADV with v If something happens immediately, it happens without any delay.

He immediately flung himself to the floor...

Ingrid answered Peter's letter immediately.

at once
2) ADV: ADV adj If something is immediately obvious, it can be seen or understood without any delay.

The cause of the accident was not immediately apparent.

3) ADV: ADV adj/-ed Immediately is used to indicate that someone or something is closely and directly involved in a situation.

The man immediately responsible for this misery is the province's governor...

We had the people immediately concerned in the plot.

4) ADV: ADV prep/adj Immediately is used to emphasize that something comes next, or is next to something else.

They wish to begin immediately after dinner...

She always sits immediately behind the driver...

Immediately to our right the old German summer resort was awakening.

5) CONJ-SUBORD 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.

as soon as

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