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English noun: so

1. so (communication) the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical scale in solmization


Synonymssoh, sol


Broader (hypernym)solfa syllable


English adverb: so

1. so to a very great extent or degree


SamplesThe idea is so obvious.
Never been so happy.
I love you so.
My head aches so!.


Domain usageintensifier, intensive

2. so in a manner that facilitates


SamplesHe observed the snakes so he could describe their behavior.
He stooped down so he could pick up his hat.

3. so in such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied


SamplesThey're happy and I hope they will remain so.
So live your life that old age will bring no regrets.

4. so to a certain unspecified extent or degree


SamplesI can only go so far with this student.
Can do only so much in a day.

5. so in the same way; also


SamplesI was offended and so was he.
Worked hard and so did she.

6. so in the way indicated


SamplesHold the brush so.
Set up the pieces thus.


Synonymsthus, thusly

7. so (usually followed by `that') to an extent or degree as expressed


SamplesHe was so tired he could hardly stand.
So dirty that it smells.

8. so subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)


SamplesThen 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.


Synonymsand so, and then, then

9. so (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result


SamplesTherefore 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.


Synonymshence, thence, therefore, thus

10. so in truth (often tends to intensify)


SamplesThey 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!.


Synonymsindeed









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