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so    : [s'o]
So \So\, adv. [OE. so, sa, swa, AS. sw[=a]; akin to OFries,
s[=a], s?, D. zoo, OS. & OHG. s?, G. so, Icel. sv[=a], 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. [root]192. Cf. As,
{Custom}, {Ethic}, {Idiom}, {Such}.]
1. In that manner or degree; as, indicated (in any way), or
as implied, or as supposed to be known.
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Why is his chariot so long in coming? --Judges v.
28.
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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.
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As a war should be undertaken upon a just motive, so
a prince ought to consider the condition he is in.
--Swift.
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3. In such manner; to such degree; -- used correlatively with
as or that following; as, he was so fortunate as to
escape.
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I viewed in may mind, so far as I was able, the
beginning and progress of a rising world. --T.
Burnet.
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He is very much in Sir Roger's esteem, so that he
lives in the family rather as a relation than
dependent. --Addison.
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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.
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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.
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Use him [your tutor] with great respect yourself,
and cause all your family to do so too. --Locke.
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It concerns every man, with the greatest
seriousness, to inquire into those matters, whether
they be so or not. --Tillotson.
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He is Sir Robert's son, and so art thou. --Shak.
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6. The case being such; therefore; on this account; for this
reason; on these terms; -- used both as an adverb and a
conjuction.
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God makes him in his own image an intellectual
creature, and so capable of dominion. --Locke.
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Here, then, exchange we mutually forgiveness;
So may the guilt of all my broken vows,
My perjuries to thee, be all forgotten. --Rowe.
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7. It is well; let it be as it is, or let it come to pass; --
used to express assent.
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And when 't is writ, for my sake read it over,
And if it please you, so; if not, why, so. --Shak.
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There is Percy; if your father will do me any honor,
so; if not, let him kill the next Percy himself.
--Shak.
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8. Well; the fact being as stated; -- used as an expletive;
as, so the work is done, is it?
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9. Is it thus? do you mean what you say? -- with an upward
tone; as, do you say he refuses? So? [Colloq.]
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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.
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A week or so will probably reconcile us. --Gay.
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Note: See the Note under {Ill}, adv.
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{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.
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So do, as thou hast said. --Gen. xviii.
5.
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As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. --Ps.
ciii. 15.
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Had woman been so strong as men. --Shak.
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No country suffered so much as England. --Macaulay.
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{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.
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So \So\, conj.
Provided that; on condition that; in case that; if.
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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.
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So \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.
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Thionyl \Thi"on*yl\, n. [Thionic -yl.] (Chem.)
The hypothetical radical {SO}, regarded as an essential
constituent of certain sulphurous compounds; as, thionyl
chloride.
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so
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 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"
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) [synonym: {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"
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" [synonym:
{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" [synonym: {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!" [synonym: {indeed}, {so}]
n 1: the syllable naming the fifth (dominant) note of any
musical scale in solmization [synonym: {sol}, {soh}, {so}]

118 Moby Thesaurus words for "so":
a deal, a great deal, a lot, abundantly, accordingly, accurately,
ad eundem, after this fashion, almighty, along these lines, as,
as all creation, as all get-out, as long as, as well,
at what price, awful, awfully, beaucoup, by what mode,
by what name, ceteris paribus, consequently, considerable,
considerably, correctly, correspondingly, either, equally,
equivalently, ergo, evenly, ever so, ever so much, exceedingly,
exceptionally, extremely, faultlessly, flawlessly, for, galore,
greatly, hence, highly, how, identically, in consideration of,
in contemplation of, in great measure, in kind, in like manner,
in order to, in such wise, in that way, in this way, in what way,
indifferently, just, just like that, just right, just so, largely,
like, like so, like that, like this, likewise, mightily, mighty,
much, muchly, never so, no end, no end of, not a little, only too,
parlous, perfectly, plenty, powerful, powerfully, precisely,
pretty, pretty much, properly, proportionately, quite, real,
really, right, rightly, sic, similarly, so as, so as to,
so long as, so that, so very much, straight, suchlike, terribly,
terrifically, then, thereupon, this way, this-a-way, thus,
thus and so, thus and thus, thusly, thuswise, to, to the skies,
very, very much, whacking, whopping, without distinction



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