soon /ˈsun, ||ˈsʊn/
1. In a short time; shortly after any time specified or supposed; as, soon after sunrise. “Sooner said than done.” --Old Proverb. “As soon as it might be.” --Chaucer.
She finished, and the subtle fiend his lore
Soon learned. --Milton.
2. Without the usual delay; before any time supposed; early.
How is it that ye are come so soon to-day? --Ex. ii. 18.
3. Promptly; quickly; easily.
Small lights are soon blown out, huge fires abide. --Shak.
4. Readily; willingly; -- in this sense used with would, or some other word expressing will.
I would as soon see a river winding through woods or in meadows, as when it is tossed up in so many whimsical figures at Versailles. --Addison.
As soon as, or So soon as, immediately at or after another event. “As soon as he came nigh unto the camp . . . he saw the calf, and the dancing.” --Ex. xxxii. 19. See So . . . as, under So.
Soon at, as soon as; or, as soon as the time referred to arrives. [Obs.] “I shall be sent for soon at night.” --Shak.
Sooner or later, at some uncertain time in the future; as, he will discover his mistake sooner or later.
With the soonest, as soon as any; among the earliest; too soon. [Obs.] --Holland.
Soon, a. Speedy; quick. [Obs.]
adv : in the near future; "the doctor will soon be here"; "the
book will appear shortly"; "she will arrive presently";
"we should have news before long" [syn: shortly, presently,