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Meaning & Definition of So in English





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

  • sol,
  • soh,
  • so


1. 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

2. 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"
  • so

3. 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

4. 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

5. In the same way

  • Also
  • "I was offended and so was he"
  • "Worked hard and so did she"
  • so

6. In the way indicated

  • "Hold the brush so"
  • "Set up the pieces thus"
  • (`thusly' is a nonstandard variant)
  • thus,
  • thusly,
  • so

7. (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

8. 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"
  • then,
  • so,
  • and so,
  • and then

9. (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"
  • therefore,
  • hence,
  • thence,
  • thus,
  • so

10. 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!"
  • indeed,
  • so

Examples of using

Nothing is so pleasant as traveling alone.
All of us can speak French, so let's speak French.
How did you get so good at backgammon?