Soon meaning

so͝on
With willingness; readily.

I'd as soon leave right now.

adverb
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Promptly; quickly.

As soon as possible.

adverb
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4
Within a short time; quickly.
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Soon is defined as in a short time, in the near future or quickly.

An example of soon is arriving in five minutes from now, as in arriving soon.

An example of soon is rsvping for an event within a few days from the time you were invited, as in rsvping soon after you received the invitation.

adverb
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2
Occurring within a short time, or quickly.
adjective
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2
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Immediately.
adverb
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4
In a short time (after a time specified or understood); shortly; before long.

Will soon be there.

adverb
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2
adverb
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Before the usual or appointed time; early.
adverb
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At once; immediately.
adverb
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3
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Readily; willingly; used with would, or some other word expressing will.
adverb
4
2
Without hesitation; promptly or speedily.

I came as soon as possible.

adverb
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Ahead of time; early.

We left too soon.

adverb
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Readily; willingly.

I would as soon go as stay.

adverb
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no sooner ... than
  • As soon as:.
    No sooner was the frost off the ground than the work began.
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sooner or later
  • At some time; eventually:.
    Sooner or later you will have to face the facts.
idiom
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had sooner
  • Would rather; would prefer to.
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sooner or later
  • Inevitably; eventually.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

no sooner ... than
had sooner

Origin of soon

  • Middle English sone from Old English sōna immediately, soon

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

  • 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").

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