I am looking for an adjective that corresponds to the adverb soon, to fit a sentence such as:

That feature will be added in an [adjective] update.

Is there an adjective with the same meaning as soon?

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    We really do need soonly, don't we? If you're in marketing, go ahead and use it. Commented Jul 3, 2014 at 22:47
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    You could use "soon-to-be-released"
    – Jim
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 1:53
  • What about, in the case of, "The party is soon" ? Isn't "soon" an adjective there?
    – user111065
    Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 21:42
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    I wouldn't class it as one. Comparing it to 'John is here' where I'd class here as a locative particle, I'd call soon in 'The party is soon' a temporal particle. It's analysable as a remnant of 'taking place soon', where the adverb soon modifies the MWV take place. Commented Feb 18, 2015 at 22:06
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    You could use "soon-after" .
    – John Z. Li
    Commented Apr 12, 2021 at 7:36

4 Answers 4


"Imminent" and "impending" should suffice.

You can also say "in a jiffy" if it's gonna be real quick. Pronto is another good, though informal, word meaning "quick".

  • merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forthcoming "appearing, happening, or arriving soon"
    – Jimmy
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 1:13
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    @Jimmy Why add a perfectly good answer as a comment here?
    – lly
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 14:09
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    The first two are fine; the second pair are both adverbs, though.
    – lly
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 14:09
  • @lly IIRC there were more comments, since deleted, that contested the word "forthcoming" in the original version of the answer, due to its other meanings as "candid" or "available". I was merely adding some support.
    – Jimmy
    Commented Apr 25, 2019 at 0:01

up·​com·​ing | \ ˈəp-ˌkə-miŋ \

Definition of upcoming
: forthcoming, approaching

[Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary]

'Upcoming' could work for that sentence and is commonly used in this situation. M-W gives some recent examples on the Web:

  • Along with Tim, Sir Elton John and Beyoncé will also be working on the upcoming soundtrack.
    — Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About the Live-Action "Lion King" So Far," 10 Apr. 2019

  • As royal reporter Katie Nicholl reveals in her upcoming book, Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love, Von Westenholz—a publicist for Ralph Lauren—apparently gave Harry Meghan's number.
    — Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Royal Reporter Katie Nicholl Details Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Blind Date," 8 Apr. 2019

  • Hi Ksjdh, welcome to EL&U. This isn't a bad start, but it's too short: the system is certain to flag it as "low-quality because of its length and content." An answer on EL&U is expected to be authoritative, detailed, and explain why it is correct. It's best if you edit your answer to provide more information - e.g., add a published definition of upcoming (linked to the source) and say why it suits the context. For further guidance, see How to Answer and take the EL&U Tour. :-) Commented Apr 22, 2019 at 13:56
  • Try also forthcoming.
    – Xanne
    Commented Apr 23, 2019 at 7:27
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    @Xanne What is it with this question, that answer, and people added it as a comment? >.< It's just a separate answer. =)
    – lly
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 14:10
  • @Chappo I'm sure you're well-meaning, but it's a single word request and the kid gave the correct word. There's not a problem with it and you really should've upvoted it.
    – lly
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 14:15
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    @Ily instead of lecturing me, you could have spent a few extra minutes editing the answer so that it doesn't get flagged as low-quality. I've done this now, and as it's a useful answer, it's now worthy of upvoting (though I should note that it falls short of a good answer, as it doesn't give much of an explanation, e.g. when would soon be a better choice than upcoming, etc). Ksjdh, please look at how I've edited your post so that you can apply a similar approach for future answers :-) Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 23:11

That feature will be added in an update coming soon.

I guess coming soon would be called an adjectival phrase.

  • Also good, but I didn't originally choose to do this because "coming soon" has sort of evolved to mean "coming eventually, or possible even never."
    – Keavon
    Commented Jul 4, 2014 at 7:14

I may be missing part of the question, as dialog about it seems to have been deleted, but:

  • urgent
  • immediate
  • priority   or    high-priority
  • critical
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    "Immediate" would work for "extremely soon" but the rest of those answers don't really have anything to do with "soon". They're synonyms of "needed" or "important".
    – lly
    Commented Apr 24, 2019 at 14:11

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