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.
28.

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.
--Swift.

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

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

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
wisely.

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
conjuction.

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.
--Shak.

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.
5.

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
And.

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.
--Milton.


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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