Soon Definition

so͝on
sooner, soonest
adverb
In a short time (after a time specified or understood); shortly; before long.
Will soon be there.
Webster's New World
In the near future; shortly.
The bus should be here soon.
American Heritage
Just prior to something; shortly.
The news broke soon before he resigned.
American Heritage
Promptly; quickly.
As soon as possible.
Webster's New World
Ahead of time; early.
We left too soon.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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adjective
sooner, soonest
Occurring within a short time, or quickly.
Wiktionary
idiom
no sooner ... than
  • As soon as:

    No sooner was the frost off the ground than the work began.

American Heritage
sooner or later
  • At some time; eventually:

    Sooner or later you will have to face the facts.

American Heritage
had sooner
  • would rather; would prefer to
Webster's New World
sooner or later
  • inevitably; eventually
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Soon

Adjective

Base Form:
soon
Comparative:
sooner
Superlative:
soonest

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Soon

Origin of Soon

  • From Middle English soone, sone, from Old English sōna (“immediately, at once"), from Proto-Germanic *sÄ“na, *sÄ“nô (“immediately, soon, then"), from Proto-Germanic *sa (demonstrative pronoun), from Proto-Indo-European *só (demonstrative pronoun). Cognate with Scots sone, sune, schone (“soon, quickly, at once"), North Frisian san (“immediately, at once"), Dutch dialectal zaan (“soon, before long"), Middle Low German sān (“right afterwards, soon"), Middle High German sān, son (“soon, then"), Old High German sār (“immediately, soon"). Compare also Gothic 𐍃𐌿𐌽𐍃 (suns, “immediately, soon"), from Proto-Germanic *suniz (“soon").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English sone from Old English sōna immediately, soon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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