so

adverb
\ ˈsō How to pronounce so (audio) , especially before an adjective or adverb followed by "that" \

Definition of so

 (Entry 1 of 7)

1a : in a manner or way indicated or suggested do you really think so often used as a substitute for a preceding clause are you ready? I think soI didn't like it and I told her so
b : in the same manner or way : also worked hard and so did she
c : thus sense 1 for so the Lord said — Isaiah 18:4 (King James Version)
d : then, subsequently and so home and to bed
2a(1) : to an indicated or suggested extent or degree had never been so happy used chiefly in negative constructions with a following correlative element introduced by as thought that his share wasn't so big as his brother's
(2) : to the same extent or degree : to such a degree : as sense 1
b : to a great extent or degree : very, extremely loves her so
c : to a definite but unspecified extent or degree can only do so much in a day
d : most certainly : indeed you did so do it
e informal : most decidedly : surely I so don't believe you
3 : therefore, consequently the witness is biased and so unreliable

Definition of so (Entry 2 of 7)

1a : with the result that the acoustics are good, so every note is clear
b : in order that be quiet so he can sleep
2 archaic : provided that
3a : for that reason : therefore don't want to go, so I won't
b(1) used as an introductory particle so here we are often to belittle a point under discussion so what?
(2) used interjectionally to indicate awareness of a discovery so, that's who did it or surprised dissent
so as to
: in order to

Definition of so (Entry 3 of 7)

1 : conforming with actual facts : true said things that were not so
2 : marked by a desired order his books are always just so
3 used to replace a preceding adjective was witty by adult standards and of course doubly so by mine— Sally Kempton

so

pronoun

Definition of so (Entry 4 of 7)

1 : such as has been specified or suggested : the same if you have to file a claim, do so as soon as possible
2 used in the phrase or so to indicate an estimate, approximation, or conjecture stayed a week or socost $15 or so

so

noun
\ ˈsō How to pronounce so (audio) \

less common variant of

: the fifth note of the major scale in solfège

Definition of so (Entry 6 of 7)

south; southern

Definition of SO (Entry 7 of 7)

1 seller's option
2 strikeout

Synonyms & Antonyms for so

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Can so be used as an intensive?: Usage Guide

Adverb

The intensive use of so (sense 2b) is widely condemned in college handbooks but is nonetheless standard. why is American television so shallow? — Anthony Lewis the cephalopod eye is an example of a remarkable evolutionary parallel because it is so like the eye of a vertebrate — Sarah F. Robbins the kind of sterile over-ingenuity which afflicts so many academic efforts The Times Literary Supplement (London) There is no stigma attached to its use in negative contexts and when qualified by a dependent clause. not so long ago was so good in mathematics that he began to consider engineering Current Biography The denotation in these uses is, of course, slightly different (see sense 2a). Another emphatic use of so (sense 2e) has developed more recently and occurs mostly in informal contexts.

Using So as a Conjunction: Usage Guide

Conjunction

Although occasionally condemned, use of so to introduce clauses of result (sense 1a) and purpose (sense 1b) is standard. In sense 1b so that is more common in formal contexts than so alone.

Examples of so in a Sentence

Adverb I don't think they can score twice in so short a time. There has always been an interest in genetic cloning, but never more so than in recent years. He looked so handsome in his suit. We are all so excited about the trip. I'm so happy that you decided to join us for dinner. I feel so much better after taking that nap. Thank you so much for your help. He dislikes her so much that he won't even talk to her. The test was not so very hard after all. “He is about so tall,” she said, raising her hand about six feet in the air. Conjunction We were bored with the movie, so we left. I don't want to go, so I won't. There are no more chairs available, so you'll have to stand. Adjective You are saying things that are just not so. I heard you met the president—is that so? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Yet so, too, does personality, audience reach and staying power. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 21 May 2022 Leaders of the state Assembly voted Friday to initiate the session, but Senate leaders have declined to do so. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 May 2022 Election officials have not yet declared a winner, and are not likely to do so anytime soon. New York Times, 20 May 2022 So, if a company desires increments from its existing customers, the best way to do so is to put excellent customer service staff on the front lines. Yec, Forbes, 20 May 2022 Williams, suspecting misconduct by her financial advisor, wanted to switch banks and needed her most recent statements to do so. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2022 Day did so under the guise of being an English teacher and promised the boys money and gifts, the release stated. Joe Mario Pedersen, Orlando Sentinel, 20 May 2022 The Federal Reserve earlier this month hiked interest rates, in a bid to contain inflation, and is expected to do so again; that has also contributed to the downward pressure on stocks, particularly among highly leveraged companies. Todd Spangler, Variety, 20 May 2022 Sports franchises like the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers now use it; so do the New York Mets and Columbus Crew. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But privacy in the court system is kind of an important details to be on top of so way to go at them and getting it and give credit to the court for moving quickly to fix it. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2022 The hallux must help stabilize the foot and control the arch during footstrike so impact forces are distributed evenly. Outside Online, 5 Aug. 2019 Instead, incorporate IaC as part of modernization efforts and pair it with upskilling so engineers can focus on advanced projects. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Owners of homes with pools in El Dorado County are actually being encouraged to spray paint in large letters the number of gallons in the so aircraft can spot the information. CBS News, 20 Aug. 2021 The Oakland Police Department's own stingray was seemingly insufficient, so officers then called in the FBI, both times without a warrant. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, 12 July 2017 But both also got weighed down by their stars, pulling in so-so receptions from audiences (and getting savaged by critics). Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 2 June 2017 But inhaling powerful opioids can be deadly, so officers have a new tool to protect their four-legged partners: naloxone, a drug that has already been used for years to reverse overdoses in humans. CBS News, 1 June 2017 But inhaling powerful opioids can be deadly, so officers have a new tool to protect their four-legged partners: naloxone, a drug that has already been used for years to reverse overdoses in humans. Washington Post, 1 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of so

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Conjunction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for so

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English swā; akin to Old High German so, Latin sic so, thus, si if, Greek hōs so, thus, Latin suus one's own — more at suicide

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“So.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/so. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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so

adverb
\ ˈsō How to pronounce so (audio) \

Kids Definition of so

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : in the way indicated I said I'd go and did so.
2 : in the same way : also They wrote well and so did you.
3 : then entry 1 sense 2 Wash your face and so to bed.
4 : to an indicated extent or way He had never felt so well. Don't be so rude!
5 : to a great degree : very, extremely She loved them so.
6 : to a definite but not specified amount A person can do only so much in a day.
7 : most certainly : indeed You did so say it!
8 : therefore I'm honest and so told the truth.

so

conjunction

Kids Definition of so (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : in order that Be quiet so I can sleep!
2 : and therefore We were hungry, so we ate.

so

pronoun
\ ˈsō How to pronounce so (audio) \

Kids Definition of so (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : the same : that They told me so.
2 : approximately that I'd been there a month or so.

so.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of so.

south

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