American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In the near future; shortly.
- adv. Without hesitation; promptly: came as soon as possible.
- adv. Before the usual or appointed time; early.
- adv. With willingness; readily: I'd as soon leave right now.
- adv. Obsolete Immediately.
- idiom. no sooner than As soon as: No sooner was the frost off the ground than the work began.
- idiom. sooner or later At some time; eventually: Sooner or later you will have to face the facts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- At once; forthwith; immediately.
- In a short time; at an early date or an early moment; before long; shortly; presently: as, winter will soon be here; I hope to see you soon.
- Early; before the time specified is much advanced: when the time, event, or the like has but just arrived: as, soon in the morning; soon at night (that is, early in the evening, or as soon as night sets in); soon at five o′ clock (that is, as soon as the hour of five arrives): an old locution still in use in the southern United States.
- Early; before the usual, proper, set, or expected time.
- Quickly; speedily; easily.
- Readily; willingly; gladly: in this sense generally accompanied by would or some other word expressing will, and often in the comparative sooner, ‘rather.’
- Synonyms and
- Betimes, etc. (see early), promptly, quickly.
- Early; speedy; quick.
- adj. Occurring within a short time, or quickly
- adv. obsolete Immediately, instantly
- adv. Within a short time; quickly
- adv. early
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In a short time; shortly after any time specified or supposed.
- adv. Without the usual delay; before any time supposed; early.
- adv. Promptly; quickly; easily.
- adv. Readily; willingly; -- in this sense used with
would, or some other word expressing will.
- adj. obsolete Speedy; quick.
- adv. in the near future
- From Middle English soone, sone, from Old English sōna ("immediately, at once"), from Proto-Germanic *sēna, *sēnô (“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”). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sone, from Old English sōna, immediately, soon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Come along, as soon as you wish -- but don't come _too soon_.”
“That they will soon become a kind of separate and independant people; who will set up for themselves, -- will _soon_ have manufactures of their own, -- will _neither_ take supplies from the mother country, nor the provinces at _the back_ of which they are settled: -- That being at such a distance from the seat of _government_, from _courts_,”
“Your answer is, in fact, an identical proposition; for, when you say, "_As soon as_ profits are absorbed," I retort, Ay, no doubt "_as soon_" as they are; but when will that be?”
“St. Thomas having maintained, that we are obliged to love God as soon as we attain the use of reason, the Jesuit Sirmond answered him, _that is very soon_.”
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“Perhaps I'll be sporting a dress with a name soon enough.”
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