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adverb,soon·er, soon·est.
  1. within a short period after this or that time, event, etc.: We shall know soon after he calls.

  2. before long; in the near future; at an early date: Let's leave soon.

  1. promptly or quickly: He came as soon as he could.

  2. readily or willingly: I would as soon walk as ride.

  3. early in a period of time; before the time specified is much advanced: soon at night; soon in the evening.

  4. Obsolete. immediately; at once; forthwith.

Origin of soon

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

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How to use soon in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for soon


/ (suːn) /

  1. in or after a short time; in a little while; before long: the doctor will soon be here

  2. as soon as at the very moment that: she burst into tears as soon as she saw him

  1. as soon…as used to indicate that the second alternative mentioned is not preferable to the first: I'd just as soon go by train as drive

Origin of soon

Old English sōna; related to Old High German sāno, Gothic suns

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Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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