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SO

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does so mean? 

SO (noun)
  The noun SO has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: SO used as a noun is very rare.


SO (adverb)
  The adverb SO has 9 senses:

1. to a very great extent or degree
2. in a manner that facilitates
3. in such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied
4. to a certain unspecified extent or degree
5. in the same way; also
6. in the way indicated
7. (usually followed by 'that') to an extent or degree as expressed
8. subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)
9. in truth (often tends to intensify)

  Familiarity information: SO used as an adverb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


SO (noun)


Sense 1so [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

so; soh; sol

Hypernyms ("so" is a kind of...):

solfa syllable (one of the names for notes of a musical scale in solmization)


SO (adverb)


Sense 1so [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To a very great extent or degree

Context examples:

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

Domain usage:

intensifier; intensive (a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies)


Sense 2so [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a manner that facilitates

Context examples:

he observed the snakes so he could describe their behavior / he stooped down so he could pick up his hat


Sense 3so [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In such a condition or manner, especially as expressed or implied

Context examples:

They're happy and I hope they will remain so / so live your life that old age will bring no regrets


Sense 4so [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To a certain unspecified extent or degree

Context examples:

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


Sense 5so [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In the same way; also

Context examples:

I was offended and so was he / worked hard and so did she


Sense 6so [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In the way indicated

Synonyms:

thusly; thus; so

Context examples:

hold the brush so / set up the pieces thus


Sense 7so [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context examples:

he was so tired he could hardly stand / so dirty that it smells


Sense 8so [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)

Synonyms:

and so; and then; then; so

Context examples:

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


Sense 9so [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In truth (often tends to intensify)

Synonyms:

indeed; so

Context examples:

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!


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