\ 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



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


\ ˈsō How to pronounce so (audio) \

less common variant of sol

: 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


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


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 The horrors of Russia’s invasion have so far been visited on the Ukrainian people. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 13 Aug. 2022 Testing has been completed on 17 of those cases so far, and the results are still under review. Catherine Rentz, ProPublica, 13 Aug. 2022 While this outbreak has hit some 89 countries so far, the virus had been largely contained in Central and West Africa for decades. Karen Brooks Harper, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Aug. 2022 The litigation so far hasn’t featured in the lurid headlines associated with the deaths of Maggie and Paul Murdaugh, which took place at the family’s hunting estate near Hampton, S.C., in June 2021. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2022 The company has also been experimenting with bio oils during manufacture and dandelions as a source of natural rubber, although the latter is only at the experimental stage so far. James Morris, Forbes, 13 Aug. 2022 The Assembly has so far approved $9 million for the project, which will continue to need more funding. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Aug. 2022 Instead, Boler Davis chose a 7-year-old business that has so far filled 3 million prescriptions. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 12 Aug. 2022 The attorneys' fees awarded so far has resulted in a total tab for Gableman's investigation, all paid by taxpayers, that tops $1.1 million. Scott Bauer, ajc, 12 Aug. 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


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


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


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


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

History and Etymology for so


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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\ 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.



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.


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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.



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