SO

indeed, so

(adverb) 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!”

therefore, hence, thence, thus, so

(adverb) (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result; “therefore X must be true”; “the eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory”; “we were young and thence optimistic”; “it is late and thus we must go”; “the witness is biased and so cannot be trusted”

then, so, and so

(adverb) 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”

so

(adverb) in a manner that facilitates; “he observed the snakes so he could describe their behavior”; “he stooped down so he could pick up his hat”

thus, thusly, so

(adverb) in the way indicated; “hold the brush so”; “set up the pieces thus”; (‘thusly’ is a nonstandard variant)

so

(adverb) to a very great extent or degree; “the idea is so obvious”; “never been so happy”; “I love you so”; “my head aches so!”

so

(adverb) (usually followed by ‘that’) to an extent or degree as expressed; “he was so tired he could hardly stand”; “so dirty that it smells”

so

(adverb) 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”

so

(adverb) to a certain unspecified extent or degree; “I can only go so far with this student”; “can do only so much in a day”

so

(adverb) in the same way; also; “I was offended and so was he”; “worked hard and so did she”

sol, soh, so

(noun) the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical scale in solmization

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Noun

SO (plural SOs)

Initialism of significant other.

(sports) Initialism of shut out.

(sports) Initialism of shootout.

(baseball) Initialism of strike out.

(music) Initialism of symphony orchestra.

Pronoun

SO

Initialism of someone.

Anagrams

• -os, -os-, O&S, O's, O. S., O.S., OS, OS., Os, o's, o.s., os

Etymology 1

Conjunction

so

In order that.

With the result that; for that reason; therefore.

(archaic) Provided that; on condition that, as long as.

Usage notes

Chiefly in North American use, a comma or pause is often used before the conjunction when used in the sense with the result that. (A similar meaning can often be achieved by using a semicolon or colon (without the so), as for example: He drank the poison; he died.)

Synonyms

• (in order that): so that, that

Adverb

so (not comparable)

To the (explicitly stated) extent that.

(informal) To the (implied) extent.

(informal) Very (positive clause).

(informal) Very (negative clause).

(slang, chiefly, US) Very much.

In a particular manner.

In the same manner or to the same extent as aforementioned; also.

(with as): To such an extent or degree; as.

Usage notes

• Use of so in the sense to the implied extent is discouraged in formal writing; spoken intonation which might render the usage clearer is not usually apparent to the reader, who might reasonably expect the extent to be made explicit. For example, the reader may expect He is so good to be followed by an explanation or consequence of how good he is. Devices such as use of underscoring and the exclamation mark may be used as a means of clarifying that the implicit usage is intended; capitalising SO is also used. The derivative subsenses very and very much are similarly more apparent with spoken exaggerated intonation.

• The difference between so and very in implied-extent usage is that very is more descriptive or matter-of-fact, while so indicates more emotional involvement. For example, she is very clever is a simple statement of opinion; she is so clever suggests admiration. Likewise, that is very typical is a simple statement; that is SO typical of him! is an indictment. A formal (and reserved) apology may be expressed I am very sorry, but after elbowing someone in the nose during a basketball game, a man might say, Dude, I am so sorry! in order to ensure that it's understood as an accident.

Synonyms

• (very): really, truly, that, very

• (to a particular extent): that, this, yea

• (in a particular manner): like this, thus

• (slang: very much): really, truly, very much

Adjective

so (comparative more so, superlative most so)

True, accurate.

In that state or manner; with that attribute. A proadjective that replaces the aforementioned adjective phrase.

(dated, UK, slang) Homosexual.

Synonyms

• (true): correct, right, true

• (euphemistic: homosexual): musical, one of the family, one of them, that way inclined

Interjection

so

Used after a pause for thought to introduce a new topic, question or story.

Synonyms: look, well, see, hey

Short for so what.

Used to connect previous conversation or events to the following question.

(archaic) Be as you are; stand still; used especially to cows; also used by sailors.

Usage notes

Though common for a long time, the "sentence-initial so" became controversial in the mid-2010s.

Etymology 2

Pronoun

so

Abbreviation of someone.

Synonyms

• sb (“somebody”)

Etymology 3

Noun

so (plural sos)

(music) A syllable used in solfège to represent the fifth note of a major scale.

Etymology 4

Noun

so (uncountable)

(foods) A type of dairy product, made especially in Japan between the seventh and 10th centuries, by reducing milk by boiling it.

Anagrams

• -os, -os-, O&S, O's, O. S., O.S., OS, OS., Os, o's, o.s., os

Etymology 1

Noun

So pl (plural only)

A Mon-Khmer-speaking people of Laos and Thailand.

Etymology 2

Noun

So

Alternative form of So.

Etymology 3

Proper noun

So

A Chinese surname.

Anagrams

• -os, -os-, O&S, O's, O. S., O.S., OS, OS., Os, o's, o.s., os

Source: Wiktionary



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