sooner

sooner
[[t]su͟ːnə(r)[/t]]
1) Sooner is the comparative of soon.
2) PHRASE You say the sooner the better when you think something should be done as soon as possible.

Detective Holt said: `The kidnapper is a man we must catch and the sooner the better'.

3) PHRASE: PHR with cl If you say that something will happen sooner or later, you mean that it will happen at some time in the future, even though it might take a long time.

Sooner or later she would be caught by the police.

Syn:
4) PHR-CONJ-SUBORD If you say that no sooner has one thing happened than another thing happens, you mean that the second thing happens immediately after the first thing.

No sooner had he arrived in Rome than he was kidnapped.

Syn:
5) PHR-MODAL If you say that you would sooner do something or you'd sooner do it, you mean that you would prefer to do it.

[MODAL inf] Unless they speak French already, they would sooner learn English...

[MODAL not inf] I'd sooner not talk about it...

[MODAL that] I'd sooner he didn't know till I've talked to Pete...

[MODAL inf than inf] I would sooner give up sleep than miss my evening class...

[MODAL not] I'd sooner not, if you don't mind.

Syn:
would rather

English dictionary. 2008.

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