soon

[ soon ]
/ sun /

adverb, soon·er, soon·est.

within a short period after this or that time, event, etc.: We shall know soon after he calls.
before long; in the near future; at an early date: Let's leave soon.
promptly or quickly: He came as soon as he could.
readily or willingly: I would as soon walk as ride.
early in a period of time; before the time specified is much advanced: soon at night; soon in the evening.
Obsolete. immediately; at once; forthwith.

Idioms for soon

    sooner or later, eventually: Sooner or later his luck will run out.
    would sooner, to prefer to: I would sooner not go to their party.Compare rather(def 9).

Origin of soon

before 900; Middle English; Old English sōna; cognate with Old High German sān, Gothic suns

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH soon

currently immediately momentarily now presently soon (see synonym study at immediately) (see usage note at presently)
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British Dictionary definitions for soon

soon
/ (suːn) /

adverb

in or after a short time; in a little while; before longthe doctor will soon be here
as soon as at the very moment thatshe burst into tears as soon as she saw him
as soon…as used to indicate that the second alternative mentioned is not preferable to the firstI'd just as soon go by train as drive

Word Origin for soon

Old English sōna; related to Old High German sāno, Gothic suns
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Idioms and Phrases with soon

soon

see as soon as; fool and his money are soon parted; had rather (sooner); just as soon; no sooner said than done; speak too soon.

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