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      adv  
1    foll by an adjective or adverb and a correlative clause often introduced by that   to such an extent  
the river is so dirty that it smells     
2    used with a negative; it replaces the first: as in an equative comparison   to the same extent as  
she is not so old as you     
3    (intensifier)  
it's so lovely, I love you so     
4    in the state or manner expressed or implied  
they're happy and will remain so     
5    not used with a negative; foll by an auxiliary verb or: do, have, or be used as main verbs   also; likewise  
I can speak Spanish and so can you     
6    Dialect, and     (U.S.)   indeed: used to contradict a negative statement  
You didn't tell the truth. I did so!     
7    Archaic   provided that  
8    and so on or forth          and continuing similarly  
9    just so      See       just       19  
10    or so   approximately  
fifty or so people came to see me     
11    quite so   I agree; exactly  
12    so be it   used to express agreement or resignation  
13    so much  
a    a certain degree or amount (of)  
b    a lot (of)  
it's just so much nonsense     
14    so much for  
a    no more can or need be said about  
b    used to express contempt for something that has failed  
so much for your bright idea     
      conj   subordinating; often foll by: that  
15    in order (that)  
to die so that you might live     
16    with the consequence (that)  
he was late home, so that there was trouble     
17    so as   takes an infinitive   in order (to)  
to slim so as to lose weight     
      sentence connector  
18    in consequence; hence  
she wasn't needed, so she left     
19    used to introduce a sentence expressing resignation, amazement, or sarcasm  
so you're publishing a book!     
20    thereupon; and then  
and so we ended up in France     
21    used to introduce a sentence or clause to add emphasis  
he's crazy, so he is     
22    so what!  
Informal   what importance does that have?  
      pron  
23    used to substitute for a clause or sentence, which may be understood  
you'll stop because I said so     
      adj  
24    used with: is, was, etc.   factual; true  
it can't be so     
      interj  
25    an exclamation of agreement, surprise, etc.  
     (Old English swa; related to Old Norse sva, Old High German so, Dutch zoo)  
In formal English, so is not used as a conjunction, to indicate either purpose (he left by a back door so he could avoid photographers) or result (the project was abandoned so his services were no longer needed). In the former case to or in order to should be used instead, and in the latter case and so or and therefore would be more acceptable. The expression so therefore should not be used  
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n.
(british slang) "a strong drink" as in "i need a stiff whisky so pour me a real snorter", or (nautical slang) "a strong wind".
Slang
n.
To delibaretly make someone feel frightened especially so that they will do what you want ; scared and follow directions of yours or what you want thing to be ...
n.
something that limits your freedom to so what you want.
I wish I could live without constrains because I want to have more time to do what I want.
n.
"It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Concept coming from the Marian Keyes novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close (2012).
n.
activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on your head and challenge other three friends to do so in order to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.
also called "ice water challenge", viral campaign on social media during July–August 2014
n.
to get so focused on the details or intricacies of something that you miss the big picture or the main point
His book subject is quite good, but he tends to miss the forest for the trees. (tending to get in too much detail and miss the essence).

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