Definition of So

adv.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?
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.
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.
conj.1.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.
interj.1.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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