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Definition so

Etymology 1

From Middle English so, swo, zuo, swa, swe, from Old English swā, swǣ, swē (“so, as, the same, such, that”), from Proto-Germanic *swa, *swē (“so”), from Proto-Indo-European *swē, *swō (reflexive pronomial stem). Cognate with Scots sae (“so”), West Frisian sa (“so”), Low German so (“so”), Dutch zo (“so”), German so (“so”), Danish (“so”), Norwegian Nynorsk so, Swedish ("so, such that"), Old Latin suad (“so”), Albanian sa (“how much, so, as”), Ancient Greek ὡς (hōs, “as”).

Conjunction

so

  1. In order that.
  2. With the result that; for that reason; therefore.
  3. (archaic) Provided that; on condition that, as long as.
Adverb

so (not comparable)

  1. To the (explicitly stated) extent that.
  2. (informal) To the (implied) extent.
    1. (informal) Very (positive clause).
    2. (informal) Very (negative clause).
    3. (slang, chiefly US) Very much.
  3. In a particular manner.
  4. In the same manner or to the same extent as aforementioned; also.
  5. (with as): To such an extent or degree; as.
Adjective

so (not comparable)

  1. True, accurate.
  2. In that state or manner; with that attribute. A proadjective that replaces the aforementioned adjective phrase.
  3. (dated, Britain, slang) Homosexual.
Interjection

so

  1. Used after a pause for thought to introduce a new topic, question or story.
  2. Short for so what.
  3. Used to connect previous conversation or events to the following question.
  4. (archaic) Be as you are; stand still; used especially to cows; also used by sailors.
Pronoun

so

  1. Abbreviation of someone.

Etymology 2

Shortened from sol, to make it an open syllable for uniformity with the rest of the scale.

Noun

so (plural sos)

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

Etymology 3

Borrowed from Japanese (so).

Noun

so (uncountable)

  1. (foods) A type of dairy product made in Japan between the seventh and 10th centuries.

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