|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|
|[Old English sōna; related to Old High German sāno, Gothic suns]|
sooner or later
Eventually, at some unspecified future time, as in Sooner or later we'll have to answer that letter, or It's bound to stop raining sooner or later. This term, which generally implies that some future event is certain to happen, was first recorded in 1577.