Occurring at once; instant: gave me an immediate response. Of or near the present time: in the immediate future. Of or relating to the present time and place; current: "It is probable that, apart from the most immediate, pragmatic, technical revisions, the writer's effort to detach himself from his work is quixotic\u201d ( Joyce Carol Oates). Close at hand; near: in the immediate vicinity. See Synonyms at close. Next in line or relation: is an immediate successor to the president of the company. Directly apprehended or perceived: had immediate awareness of the scope of the crisis. Acting or occurring without the interposition of another agency or object; direct.