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soon

[soon] /sun/
adverb, sooner, soonest.
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.
3.
promptly or quickly:
He came as soon as he could.
4.
readily or willingly:
I would as soon walk as ride.
5.
early in a period of time; before the time specified is much advanced:
soon at night; soon in the evening.
6.
Obsolete. immediately; at once; forthwith.
Idioms
7.
sooner or later, eventually:
Sooner or later his luck will run out.
8.
would sooner, to prefer to:
I would sooner not go to their party.
Compare rather (def 8).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English sōna; cognate with Old High German sān, Gothic suns
Can be confused
currently, immediately, momentarily, now, presently, soon (see synonym study at immediately; see usage note at presently)
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British Dictionary definitions for sooner later

soon

/suːn/
adverb
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
3.
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
Word Origin
Old English sōna; related to Old High German sāno, Gothic suns
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Word Origin and History for sooner later
soon
O.E. sona "at once, immediately," from W.Gmc. *sæno (cf. O.Fris. son, O.S. sana, O.H.G. san, Goth. suns "soon"). Sense shifted early M.E. to "within a short time" through human nature (cf. anon). Amer.Eng. Sooner for "Oklahoma native" is 1930, from the fact that in 1889 many settlers of the territory snuck onto public land and staked their claims "sooner" than the legal date and time.
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