so /ˈso, ||sə/
1. In that manner or degree; as, indicated (in any way), or as implied, or as supposed to be known.
Why is his chariot so long in coming? --Judges v. 28.
2. 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.
As a war should be undertaken upon a just motive, so a prince ought to consider the condition he is in. --Swift.
3. In such manner; to such degree; -- used correlatively with as or that following; as, he was so fortunate as to escape.
I viewed in may mind, so far as I was able, the beginning and progress of a rising world. --T. Burnet.
He is very much in Sir Roger's esteem, so that he lives in the family rather as a relation than dependent. --Addison.
4. 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. 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.
Use him [your tutor] with great respect yourself, and cause all your family to do so too. --Locke.
It concerns every man, with the greatest seriousness, to inquire into those matters, whether they be so or not. --Tillotson.
He is Sir Robert's son, and so art thou. --Shak.
6. The case being such; therefore; on this account; for this reason; on these terms; -- used both as an adverb and a conjuction.
God makes him in his own image an intellectual creature, and so capable of dominion. --Locke.
Here, then, exchange we mutually forgiveness;
So may the guilt of all my broken vows,
My perjuries to thee, be all forgotten. --Rowe.
7. It is well; let it be as it is, or let it come to pass; -- used to express assent.
And when 't is writ, for my sake read it over,
And if it please you, so; if not, why, so. --Shak.
There is Percy; if your father will do me any honor, so; if not, let him kill the next Percy himself. --Shak.
8. Well; the fact being as stated; -- used as an expletive; as, so the work is done, is it?
9. Is it thus? do you mean what you say? -- with an upward tone; as, do you say he refuses? So? [Colloq.]
10. 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.
A week or so will probably reconcile us. --Gay.
Note: ☞ See the Note under Ill, adv.
So . . . as. So is now commonly used as a demonstrative correlative of as when it is the puprpose to emphasize the equality or comparison suggested, esp. in negative assertions, and questions implying a negative answer. By Shakespeare and others so . . . as was much used where as . . . as is now common. See the Note under As, 1.
So do, as thou hast said. --Gen. xviii. 5.
As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. --Ps. ciii. 15.
Had woman been so strong as men. --Shak.
No country suffered so much as England. --Macaulay.
-- So far, to that point or extent; in that particular. “The song was moral, and so far was right.” --Cowper.
So far forth, as far; to such a degree. --Shak. --Bacon.
So forth, further in the same or similar manner; more of the same or a similar kind. See And so forth, under And.
So, so, well, well. “So, so, it works; now, mistress, sit you fast.” --Dryden. Also, moderately or tolerably well; passably; as, he succeeded but so so. “His leg is but so so.” --Shak.
So that, to the end that; in order that; with the effect or result that.
So then, thus then it is; therefore; the consequence is.
So conj. Provided that; on condition that; in case that; if.
Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose play upon the earth, so truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. --Milton.
So, interj. Be as you are; stand still; stop; that will do; right as you are; -- a word used esp. to cows; also used by sailors.
adj 1: conforming to truth; "I wouldn't have told you this if it
weren't so"; "a truthful statement" [syn: so(p), truthful]
2: marked by system; in good order; "everything is in order";
"his books are always just so"; "things must be exactly
so" [syn: in order(p), so(p)]
n : the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any musical
scale in solmization [syn: sol, soh]
adv 1: to a very great extent or degree; "the idea is so obvious";
"never been so happy"; "I love you so"; "my head aches
2: in order that; "he stooped down so he could pick up his hat"
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"
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"
5: in the same way; also; "I was offended and so was he";
"worked hard and so did she"
6: in the way indicated; "hold the brush so"; "set up the
pieces thus"; (`thusly' is a nonstandard variant) [syn: thus,
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"
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"
[syn: then, and so, and then]
9: 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!" [syn: indeed]
(Nubian, Sabako), an Ethiopian king who brought Egypt under his
sway. He was bribed by Hoshea to help him against the Assyrian
monarch Shalmaneser (2 Kings 17:4). This was a return to the
policy that had been successful in the reign of Jeroboam I.
So, a measure for grain; vail