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soon / soōn/ • adv. 1. in or after a short time: everyone will soon know the truth he'll be home soon they arrived soon after 7:30. ∎  early: it's a pity you have to leave so soon I wish you'd told me sooner it was too soon to know.2. used to indicate one's preference in a particular matter: I'd just as soon Tim did it I would sooner resign than transfer to Toronto.PHRASES: no sooner —— than used to convey that the second event mentioned happens immediately after the first: she had no sooner spoken than the telephone rang.sooner or later at some future time; eventually: you'll have to tell him sooner or later.DERIVATIVES: soon·ish adv.