Meaning of “so” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb us uk /səʊ/

A2 used before an adjective or adverb to emphasize what you are saying, especially when there is a particular result:

I was so tired when I got home.
I love her so much.
[ + (that) ] I was so upset that I couldn't speak.

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A2 used to give a short answer to a question to avoid repeating a phrase:

"Is Ben coming to the party?" "I hope so."
so did we/so have I/so is mine, etc

B1 used to say that someone else also does something or that the same thing is true about someone or something else:

"We went to the cinema last night." "Oh, so did we."

used to get someone's attention when you are going to ask them a question or when you are going to start talking:

So, when are you two going to get married?

used with a movement of your hand to show someone how to do something or show them the size of something:

The box was so big.
For this exercise, you have to put your hands like so.
so it is/so they are, etc

used to agree with something that you had not noticed before:

"The cat's hiding under the chair." "So it is."
or so

B1 used after a number or amount to show that it is not exact:

"How many people were at the party?" "Fifty or so, I guess."
I told you so

used to say that you were right and that someone should have believed you

So (what)?

used to say that you do not think something is important, especially in a rude way:

"She might tell Emily." "So what?"
and so on/forth

A2 used after a list of things to show that you could have added other similar things:

She plays a lot of tennis and squash and so on.
so as (not) to do sth

B2 used to give the reason for doing something:

He went in very quietly so as not to wake the baby.
only so much/many

used to say that there are limits to something:

There's only so much help you can give someone.
so much for... informal

used to say that something has not been useful or successful:

"The computer's crashed again." "So much for modern technology."

(Definition of “so adverb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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