Definitions for: So

[n] the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical scale in solmization
[adv] in truth (often tends to intensify); "they said the car would break down and indeed it did"; "it is very cold indeed"; "was indeed grateful"; "indeed, the rain may still come"; "he did so do it!"
[adv] subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors); "then he left"; "go left first, then right"; "first came lightning, then thunder"; "we watched the late movie and then went to bed"; "and so home and to bed"
[adv] in order that; "he stooped down so he could pick up his hat"
[adv] in the way indicated; "hold the brush so"; "set up the pieces thus"; (`thusly' is a nonstandard variant)
[adv] (intensifier) to a very great extent or degree; "the idea is so obvious"; "never been so happy"; "I love you so"; "my head aches so!"
[adv] (usually followed by `that') to an extent or degree as expressed; "he was so tired he could hardly stand"; "so dirty that it smells"
[adv] in such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied; "They're happy and I hope they will remain so"; "so live your life that old age will bring no regrets"
[adv] to a certain unspecified extent or degree; "I can only go so far with this student"; "can do only so much in a day"
[adv] in they same way; also; "I was offended and so was he"; "worked hard and so did she"

Webster (1913) Definition: So, adv. [OE. so, sa, swa, AS. sw[=a]; akin to OFries,
s[=a], s?, D. zoo, OS. & OHG. s?, G. so, Icel. sv[=a], sv?,
svo, so, Sw. s?, Dan. saa, Goth. swa so, sw? as; cf. L. suus
one's own, Skr. sva one's own, one's self. [root]192. Cf. As,
Custom, Ethic, Idiom, Such.]
1. In that manner or degree; as, indicated (in any way), or
as implied, or as supposed to be known.

Why is his chariot so long in coming? --Judges v.

2. In like manner or degree; in the same way; thus; for like
reason; whith equal reason; -- used correlatively,
following as, to denote comparison or resemblance;
sometimes, also, following inasmuch as.

As a war should be undertaken upon a just motive, so
a prince ought to consider the condition he is in.

3. In such manner; to such degree; -- used correlatively with
as or that following; as, he was so fortunate as to

I viewed in may mind, so far as I was able, the
beginning and progress of a rising world. --T.

He is very much in Sir Roger's esteem, so that he
lives in the family rather as a relation than
dependent. --Addison.

4. Very; in a high degree; that is, in such a degree as can
not well be expressed; as, he is so good; he planned so

5. In the same manner; as has been stated or suggested; in
this or that condition or state; under these
circumstances; in this way; -- with reflex reference to
something just asserted or implied; used also with the
verb to be, as a predicate.

Use him [your tutor] with great respect yourself,
and cause all your family to do so too. --Locke.

It concerns every man, with the greatest
seriousness, to inquire into those matters, whether
they be so or not. --Tillotson.

He is Sir Robert's son, and so art thou. --Shak.

6. The case being such; therefore; on this account; for this
reason; on these terms; -- used both as an adverb and a

God makes him in his own image an intellectual
creature, and so capable of dominion. --Locke.

Here, then, exchange we mutually forgiveness; So may
the guilt of all my broken vows, My perjuries to
thee, be all forgotten. --Rowe.

7. It is well; let it be as it is, or let it come to pass; --
used to express assent.

And when 't is writ, for my sake read it over, And
if it please you, so; if not, why, so. --Shak.

There is Percy; if your father will do me any honor,
so; if not, let him kill the next Percy himself.

8. Well; the fact being as stated; -- used as an expletive;
as, so the work is done, is it?

9. Is it thus? do you mean what you say? -- with an upward
tone; as, do you say he refuses? So? [Colloq.]

10. About the number, time, or quantity specified;
thereabouts; more or less; as, I will spend a week or so
in the country; I have read only a page or so.

A week or so will probably reconcile us. --Gay.

Note: See the Note under Ill, adv.

So . . . as. So is now commonly used as a demonstrative
correlative of as when it is the puprpose to emphasize the
equality or comparison suggested, esp. in negative
assertions, and questions implying a negative answer. By
Shakespeare and others so . . . as was much used where as
. . . as is now common. See the Note under As, 1.

So do, as thou hast said. --Gen. xviii.

As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. --Ps.
ciii. 15.

Had woman been so strong as men. --Shak.

No country suffered so much as England. --Macaulay.

So far, to that point or extent; in that particular. ``The
song was moral, and so far was right.'' --Cowper.

So far forth, as far; to such a degree. --Shak. --Bacon.

So forth, further in the same or similar manner; more of
the same or a similar kind. See And so forth, under

So, so, well, well. ``So, so, it works; now, mistress, sit
you fast.'' --Dryden. Also, moderately or tolerably well;
passably; as, he succeeded but so so. ``His leg is but so
so.'' --Shak.

So that, to the end that; in order that; with the effect or
result that.

So then, thus then it is; therefore; the consequence is.

So, conj.
Provided that; on condition that; in case that; if.

Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose play upon
the earth, so truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by
licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength.

So, interj.
Be as you are; stand still; stop; that will do; right as you
are; -- a word used esp. to cows; also used by sailors.

Synonyms: and so, and then, indeed, soh, sol, then, thus, thusly

See Also: solfa syllable

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