IMME'DIATE, a. [L. in and medius, middle.]

1. Proximate; acting without a medium, or without the intervention of another cause or means; producing its effect by its own direct agency. An immediate cause is that which is exerted directly in producing its effect, in opposition to a mediate cause, or one more remote.

2. Not acting by second causes; as the immediate will of God.

3. Instant; present; without the intervention of time. We must have an immediate supply of bread.

Immediate are my needs--

Death--inflicted--by an immediate stroke.