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Dictionary Definition

so 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 so!"
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, thusly]
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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Significant other (romantic partner)
  2. Symphony orchestra
  3. The statistic reporting the number of strikeouts recorded by a pitcher; K


  • a UK , /səʊ/, /s@U/
  • a US /soʊ/, /soU/
    Rhymes with: -əʊ
Homophones: sew, soh, sow


From the swa.


  1. In order that
    Eat your broccoli so you can have dessert.

Usage notes

When used as the conjunction in a conditional sentence, instead of the usual English word order in the apodosis, wh-movement is used instead. Eg:
If he can run a marathon, so can you.


in order that


  1. Very.
    He is so good!
    It’s not so bad.
  2. To this or that extent.
    I need a piece of cloth so long.
  3. In this or that manner.
    Place the napkin on the table just so.
  4. In the context of "slang|especially|US": Very much.
    But I so want to see the Queen when she visits our town!
    That is so not true!


  • Czech: tak
  • Dutch: zo, zodanig
  • French: tellement, vraiment
  • Hungarian: olyan, annyira
  • Italian: tanto, veramente
  • Latin: tam
  • Norwegian: så
  • Novial: tantim, tre
  • Old English: swa
  • Romanian: atât
  • Russian: очень (óčen’)
  • Spanish: tan
to this or that extent
  • Czech: tak
  • Dutch: zo
  • Esperanto: tiom
  • French: aussi
  • Hungarian: olyan, annyira
  • Italian: tanto
  • Latin: tam
  • Norwegian: så
  • Novial: tantim
  • Old English: swa
  • Russian: так
  • Spanish: tan
in this or that manner
  • Czech: tak
  • Dutch: zo, zodanig
  • Esperanto: tiel
  • French: ainsi, comme ça
  • Hungarian: úgy
  • Italian: così
  • Norwegian: slik
  • Novial: talim
  • Old English: swa
  • Russian: так
  • Spanish: así
slang: very much
Translations to be checked

Derived terms


  1. true.
    That is so.
    You are responsible for this, is that not so?
  2. In the context of "dated|_|British|_|slang|euphemistic": homosexual.
    Is he so?


true See true.

Derived terms


  1. An interjection used to introduce a question.
    So, what'll you have?
  2. So what?
    "You park your car in front of my house every morning." "So?"


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









From sonus








  1. so
    so nett — so nice
    nicht so gut — not so good, not that good
  2. as
    so gut wie — as good as


Verb form

  1. (I) know (first-person singular present tense of sapere)

Usage notes

io non so - I do not know



so (rafsi: soz)







Cyrillic spelling



From the Latin sub.



Usage notes

So is very rare in modern Spanish, surviving only in certain expressions, including so pena de (on pain of, under penalty of), so pretexto de or so color de (under pretext of), a so capa (secretly, with bribery).


  1. you (emphatic, derogatory)
    • ¡So tonto! — You blithering idiot!



  1. sow, female pig



Extensive Definition

So is a common conjunction and adverb.
SO or S-o is a common acronym used to indicate Significant other.
SO (and variations) may refer to:
  • So (kana), the romanisation of the Japanese kana そ and ソ
  • Somalia, ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code
  • Somali language, (ISO 639)
    • .so, the top-level Internet domain of Somalia
  • So people, a Mon-Khmer-speaking people of Laos and Thailand
  • Sso people of Cameroon
  • Special Olympics, an international organization created to help people with intellectual disabilities develop self-confidence and social skills through sports training and competition
  • Sao civilisation or So, an African civilisation that flourished from ca. the 6th century to ca. 15th century





SO - Sierra Oscar, the call sign used by police officers in ITV serial drama The Bill.


  • So (album), a music album by Peter Gabriel
  • So (band), a duo from the 80s formed by two members of The Opposition
  • Symphony orchestra, a type of orchestra
  • So the 5th note of the Solfege

Military and police

  • SO10, former Specialist Operations designation for the Metropolitan Police's Crime Operations Group
  • SO11 or Specialist Operations - Intelligence, a defunct branch of Scotland Yard
  • SO19 The Specialist Firearms Command of Scotland Yard, now known as CO19
  • Special ops, another name for special forces



Religious Organizations

Science and technology

  • SO, SO alias for SOIC chip "package"
  • .so, a filename extension for "shared object" dynamic library files in Unix
  • Science Olympiad, a primarily American elementary, middle school, or high school team competition that requires knowledge of various science topics and engineering ability
  • Service cable/cord, Oil-resistant, a type of power cord
  • Shift Out, an ASCII control character in computing
  • SO(4), in mathematics, the group of rotations about a fixed point in four-dimensional Euclidean space
  • SO(5), in mathematics, the special orthogonal group of degree 5 over the field R of real numbers
  • SO(8), in mathematics, the special orthogonal group acting on eight-dimensional Euclidean space
  • SO(10) (physics), in particle physics, one of the grand unified theories (GUT) is based on the SO(10) Lie group
  • Special orthogonal group, a subset of an orthogonal group
  • StarOffice, a commercial package of office software produced by Sun Microsystems
  • Sulfur monoxide, a compound with the chemical formula SO

See also

  • Esso, an international trade name used by the Exxon Mobil Corporation and its related companies
  • So and so, disambiguation page
so in German: SO
so in Esperanto: So
so in French: SO
so in Korean: SO
so in Italian: SO
so in Dutch: So
so in Japanese: SO
so in Portuguese: SO
so in Kölsch: SO (Watt ėßß datt?)
so in Finnish: So
so in Swedish: SO
so in Chinese: SO

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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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