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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sol, soh, soadverb

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

  2. soadverb

    to a very great extent or degree

    "the idea is so obvious"; "never been so happy"; "I love you so"; "my head aches so!"

  3. soadverb

    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"

  4. soadverb

    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"

  5. soadverb

    to a certain unspecified extent or degree

    "I can only go so far with this student"; "can do only so much in a day"

  6. soadverb

    in the same way; also

    "I was offended and so was he"; "worked hard and so did she"

  7. thus, thusly, soadverb

    in the way indicated

    "hold the brush so"; "set up the pieces thus"; (`thusly' is a nonstandard variant)

  8. soadverb

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

    "he was so tired he could hardly stand"; "so dirty that it smells"

  9. then, so, and so, and thenadverb

    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"

  10. therefore, hence, thence, thus, soadverb

    (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"

  11. indeed, soadverb

    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!"


  1. sonoun

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

  2. soadverb

    To the extent that

  3. soadverb

    To a particular extent.

    I need a piece of cloth long. [= this long]

  4. soadverb

    In a particular manner.

    Place the napkin on the table just so.

  5. soadverb

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

  6. soadjective

    True, accurate.

  7. soadjective

    In that state or manner; with that attribute. ()

  8. soadjective


    Is he so?

  9. soconjunction

    In order that.

    Eat your broccoli so you can have dessert.

  10. soconjunction

    With the result that; for that reason; therefore.

  11. soconjunction

    Provided that; on condition that, as long as.

  12. sointerjection

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

  13. sointerjection

    Shortened form of "So what?"

    "You park your car in front of my house every morning." "So?"

  14. SOabbreviation


  15. Sonoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Soadverb

    Etymology: swa , Saxon; soo, Dutch; so, German.

    As whom the fables feign of monstrous size,
    Titanian or earthborn that warr’d on Jove,
    So stretch’d out huge in length the arch fiend lay. John Milton.

    Thick as autumnal leaves that strew the brooks
    In Valombrosa, where th’ Etrurian shades
    High over-arch’d embow’r, so thick bestrewn
    Abject and lost lay these. John Milton.

    Tir’d at first sight with what the muse imparts,
    In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts;
    So pleas’d at first the tow’ring Alps we try,
    Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky. Alexander Pope.

    As into air the purer spirits flow,
    And sep’rate from their kindred dregs below,
    So flew her soul to its congeneal place. Alexander Pope.

    Why is his chariot so long in coming? Judg. v. 28.

    Can nothing great, and at the height,
    Remain so long, but its own weight
    Will ruin it? Or is’t blind chance
    That still desires new states t’ advance. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    Amoret, my lovely foe,
    Tell me where thy strength does lie;
    Where the pow’r that charms us so,
    In thy soul, or in thy eye? Edmund Waller.

    I viewed in my mind, so far as I was able, the beginning and progress of a rising world. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    Since then our Arcite is with honour dead,
    Why should we mourn that he so soon is freed. Dryden.

    Upon our first going into a company of strangers, our benevolence or aversion rises towards several particular persons, before we have heard them speak, or so much as know who they are. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    We think our fathers fools, so wise we’re grown:
    Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so. Alexander Pope.

    So frown’d the mighty combatants, that hell
    Grew darker at their frown. John Milton.

    There’s no such thing, as that we beauty call,
    It is meer cosenage all;
    For though some long ago
    Lik’d certain colours mingl’d so and so,
    That doth not tie me now from chusing new. John Suckling.

    There is something equivalent in France and Scotland; so as ’tis a very hard calumny upon our soil to affirm that so excellent a fruit will not grow here. William Temple.

    We may be certain that man is not a creature that hath wings; because this only concerns the manner of his existence; and we seeing what he is, may certainly know that he is not so or so. John Locke.

    I shall minutely tell him the steps by which I was brought into this way, that he may judge whether I proceeded rationally, if so be any thing in my example is worth his notice. John Locke.

    This gentleman is a person of good sense, and knows that he is very much in sir Roger’s esteem, so that he lives in the family rather as a relation than dependent. Addison.

    Of such examples add me to the roll;
    Me easily indeed mine may neglect,
    But God’s propos’d deliverance not so. John Milton.

    To keep up the tutor’s authority, use him with great respect yourself, and cause all your family to do so too. John Locke.

    According to the multifariousness of this immutability, so are the possibilities of being. John Norris.

    Not far from thence the mournful fields appear,
    So call’d from lovers that inhabit there. Dryden.

    Does this deserve to be rewarded so?
    Did you come here a stranger or a foe? Dryden.

    It concerns every man, with the greatest seriousness, to enquire into those matters whether they be so or not. John Tillotson.

    No nation ever complained they had too broad, too deep, or too many rivers; they understand better than so, how to value those inestimable gifts of nature. Richard Bentley.

    So when the first bold vessel dar’d the seas,
    High on the stern the Thracian rais’d his strain. Alexander Pope.

    Whether this be from an habitual motion of the animal spirits, or from the alteration of the constitution, by some more unaccountable way, this is certain that so it is. John Locke.

    The god, though loth, yet was constrain’d t’obey;
    For longer time than that, no living wight,
    Below the earth, might suffer’d be to stay:
    So back again him brought to living light. Fairy Queen.

    If he set industriously and sincerely to perform the commands of Christ, he can have no ground of doubting but it shall prove successful to him, and so all that he hath to do is to endeavour by prayer and use of the means, to qualify himself for this blessed condition. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

    Some are fall’n, to disobedience fall’n;
    And so from heav’n to deepest hell. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    God makes him in his own image an intellectual creature, and so capable of dominion. John Locke.

    O goddess! tell what I would say,
    Thou know’st it, and I feel too much to pray,
    So grant my suit, as I enforce my might,
    In love to be thy champion. John Dryden, Knight’s Tale.

    Here then exchange we mutually forgiveness:
    So may the guilt of all my broken vows,
    My perjuries to thee be all forgotten;
    As here my soul acquits thee of my death,
    As here I part without an angry thought. Nicholas Rowe.

    So may kind rains their vital moisture yield,
    And swell the future harvest of thy field. Alexander Pope.

    Be not sad:
    Evil into the mind of God or man
    May come and go, so unapprov’d, and leave
    No spot or blame behind. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    So the doctrine be but wholsome and edifying, though there should be a want of exactness in the manner of speaking or reasoning, it may be overlooked. Francis Atterbury.

    Too much of love thy hapless friend has prov’d,
    Too many giddy foolish hours are gone;
    May the remaining few know only friendship:
    So thou, my dearest, truest, best Alicia,
    Vouchsafe to lodge me in thy gentle heart,
    A partner there; I will give up mankind. Nicholas Rowe.

    As a war should be undertaken upon a just motive, so a prince ought to consider the condition he is in when he enters on it. Jonathan Swift.

    Who thinks his wife is virtuous, though not so,
    Is pleas’d and patient till the truth he know. John Denham.

    Angling is something like poetry, men are to be born so. Izaak Walton, Angler.

    One may as well say, that the conflagration shall be only national, as to say that the deluge was so. Burnet.

    However soft within themselves they are,
    To you they will be valiant by despair;
    For having once been guilty, well they know
    To a revengeful prince they still are so. Dryden.

    He was great ere fortune made him so. Dryden.

    I laugh at every one, said an old cynick, who laughs at me. Do you so? replied the philosopher; then you live the merriest life of any man in Athens. Addison.

    They are beautiful in themselves, and much more so in that noble language peculiar to that great poet. Addison.

    Common-place books have been long used by industrious young divines, and still continue so. Jonathan Swift.

    As to his using ludicrous expressions, my opinion is, that they are not so. Alexander Pope.

    The blest to-day is as completely so,
    As who began a thousand years ago. Alexander Pope.

    How sorrow shakes him!
    So, now the tempest tears him up by th’ roots,
    And on the ground extends the noble ruin. Dryden.

    With wild wood-leaves and weeds I ha’ strew’d his grave,
    And on it said a century of prayers,
    Such as I can, twice o’er, I’ll weep and sigh;
    And, leaving so his service, follow you. William Shakespeare.

    O, so, and had you a council
    Of ladies too? who was your speaker,
    Madam? Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    An astringent is not quite so proper, where relaxing the urinary passages is necessary. Arbuthnot.

    There is Percy; if your father will do me any honour, so; if not, let him kill the next Percy himself. William Shakespeare.

    I will never bear a base mind: if it be my destiny, so: if it be not, so. No man is too good to serve his prince. William Shakespeare.

    Ready are th’ appellant and defendant,
    The armourer and his man, to enter the lists,
    So please your highness to behold the fight. William Shakespeare.

    So much as you admire the beauty of his verse, his prose is full as good. Alexander Pope.

    I would not have thee linger in thy pain:
    So so. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    So so; it works: now mistress, sit you fast. Dryden.

    He’s not very tall; yet for his years he’s tall;
    His leg is but so so: and yet ’tis well. William Shakespeare.

    Deliver us from the nauseous repetition of As and So, which some so so writers, I may call them so, are continually sounding in our ears. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    So then the Volscians stand; but as at first
    Ready, when time shall prompt them, to make road
    Upon’s again. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    To a war are required a just quarrel, sufficient forces, and a prudent choice of the designs: so then, I will first justify the quarrel, balance the forces, and propound variety of designs. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.


  1. Bruu (also spelled Bru, B'ru, Baru, Brou) is a Mon–Khmer dialect continuum spoken by the Bru people of mainland Southeast Asia. Sô and Khua are dialects.


  1. So

    "So" is a word commonly used as an adverb, conjunction, or interjection in the English language. As an adverb, it can indicate intensity, extent, or manner. As a conjunction, it connects clauses or phrases to show a result, reason, or purpose. As an interjection, it expresses surprise, agreement, or uncertainty. The specific meaning of "so" can vary depending on the context in which it is used.

  2. so

    "So" is a term that is commonly used as an adverb or conjunction and can have various meanings depending on the context. As an adverb, "so" can indicate the manner or degree of something. For example, "He was driving so fast" indicates the high speed at which he was driving. As a conjunction, "so" can introduce a result or consequence. For instance, "The ground was wet, so I slipped and fell" shows the cause-and-effect relationship between the wet ground and the person falling. Overall, "so" is a versatile word often used to express intensity, consequence, manner, or other related meanings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Soadverb

    in that manner or degree; as, indicated (in any way), or as implied, or as supposed to be known

  2. Soadverb

    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

  3. Soadverb

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

  4. Soadverb

    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. Soadverb

    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

  6. Soadverb

    the case being such; therefore; on this account; for this reason; on these terms; -- used both as an adverb and a conjuction

  7. Soadverb

    it is well; let it be as it is, or let it come to pass; -- used to express assent

  8. Soadverb

    well; the fact being as stated; -- used as an expletive; as, so the work is done, is it?

  9. Soadverb

    is it thus? do you mean what you say? -- with an upward tone; as, do you say he refuses? So?

  10. Soadverb

    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

  11. So

    provided that; on condition that; in case that; if

  12. So

    be as you are; stand still; stop; that will do; right as you are; -- a word used esp. to cows; also used by sailors

  13. Etymology: [OE. so, sa, swa, AS. sw; akin to OFries, s, s, D. zoo, OS. & OHG. s, G. so, Icel. sv, 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. 192. Cf. As, Custom, Ethic, Idiom, Such.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. So

    sō, adv. in this manner or degree: thus: for like reason: in such manner or degree: in a high degree: as has been stated: on this account: an abbrev. for Is it so? be it so.—conj. provided that: in case that.—interj. stand as you are! steady! stop! by way of command.—adj. So′-called, generally styled thus—usually implying doubt.—So and so, an undetermined or imaginary person; So as, in such a manner as, with such a purpose as: if only, on condition that; So far, to that extent, degree, or point; So forth, denoting more of the same or a like kind; So much, as much as is implied or mentioned: such an amount not determined or stated; So much as, to whatever extent; So on, so forth; So so, only thus, only tolerably; So that, with the purpose that: with the result that: if only; So then, thus then it is, therefore; So to say, or speak, to use that expression.—Or so, or thereabouts; Quite so, just as you have said, exactly. [A.S. swá; Ice. svá, Goth. swa, Ger. so.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. SO

    1. (also S.O.) Abbrev. for Significant Other, almost invariably written abbreviated and pronounced /S·O/ by hackers. Used to refer to one's primary relationship, esp. a live-in to whom one is not married. See MOTAS, MOTOS, MOTSS. 2. [techspeak] The Shift Out control character in ASCII (Control-N, 0001110).

Editors Contribution

  1. so

    A specific manner.

    They did a speed walk so they could feel like they had exercised and it was achieving a result.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 31, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, So is ranked #4749 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The So surname appeared 7,456 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname So.

    92.6% or 6,904 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.8% or 214 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 151 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 137 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'so' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #65

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'so' in Written Corpus Frequency: #33

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'so' in Adverbs Frequency: #1

Anagrams for so »

  1. O's

  2. OS

  3. o's

  4. os

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of so in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of so in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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