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soon    : [s'un]
Soon \Soon\ (s[=oo]n), adv. [OE. sone, AS. s[=o]na; cf. OFries.
s[=o]n, OS. s[=a]na, s[=a]no, OHG. s[=a]r, Goth. suns.]
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.
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She finished, and the subtle fiend his lore
Soon learned. --Milton.
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2. Without the usual delay; before any time supposed; early.
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How is it that ye are come so soon to-day? --Ex. ii.
18.
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3. Promptly; quickly; easily.
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Small lights are soon blown out, huge fires abide.
--Shak.
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4. Readily; willingly; -- in this sense used with would, or
some other word expressing will.
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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.
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{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.
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Soon \Soon\, a.
Speedy; quick. [Obs.] --Shak.
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soon
adv 1: 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" [synonym: {soon},
{shortly}, {presently}, {before long}]

70 Moby Thesaurus words for "soon":
after a time, after a while, afterward, afterwards, anon,
at bottom, at once, before long, betimes, by and by, by destiny,
directly, ere long, eventually, expeditiously, fatally, forthwith,
gladly, happily, hastily, hopefully, immediately, imminently,
in a jiffy, in a moment, in a second, in a while, in a wink,
in aftertime, in due course, in due time, in good time,
in short order, in the future, in time, instantly, later,
lickety-split, lief, momentarily, on the double, one day, oversoon,
posthaste, predictably, premature, presently, previous, probably,
promptly, pronto, proximo, quick, quickly, rapidly, readily,
right away, seasonably, shortly, sooner or later, speedily,
straightway, swiftly, timely, tomorrow, tout de suite, ultimately,
untimely, willingly, without delay



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