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Adv.1.or so - (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to corrector so - (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct; "lasted approximately an hour"; "in just about a minute"; "he's about 30 years old"; "I've had about all I can stand"; "we meet about once a month"; "some forty people came"; "weighs around a hundred pounds"; "roughly $3,000"; "holds 3 gallons, more or less"; "20 or so people were at the party"
Translations
تَقْريباً، حوالي
eller deromkring
um òaî bil

or

() conjunction
1. used to show an alternative. Is that your book or is it mine?
2. because if not. Hurry or you'll be late.
or so
about; approximately. I bought a dozen or so (books).

so

(səu) adverb
1. (used in several types of sentence to express degree) to this extent, or to such an extent. `The snake was about so long,' he said, holding his hands about a metre apart; Don't get so worried!; She was so pleased with his progress in school that she bought him a new bicycle; They couldn't all get into the room, there were so many of them; He departed without so much as (= without even) a goodbye; You've been so (= very) kind to me!; Thank you so much!
2. (used to express manner) in this/that way. As you hope to be treated by others, so you must treat them; He likes everything to be (arranged) just so (= in one particular and precise way); It so happens that I have to go to an important meeting tonight.
3. (used in place of a word, phrase etc previously used, or something previously stated) as already indicated. `Are you really leaving your job?' `Yes, I've already told you / said so'; `Is she arriving tomorrow?' `Yes, I hope so'; If you haven't read the notice, please do so now; `Is that so (= true)?' `Yes, it's really so'; `Was your father angry?' `Yes, even more so than I was expecting – in fact, so much so that he refused to speak to me all day!
4. in the same way; also. `I hope we'll meet again.' `So do I.'; She has a lot of money and so has her husband.
5. (used to express agreement or confirmation) indeed. `You said you were going shopping today.' `So I did, but I've changed my mind.'; `You'll need this book tomorrow, won't you?' `So I will.'
conjunction
(and) therefore. John had a bad cold, so I took him to the doctor; `So you think you'd like this job, then?' `Yes.'; And so they got married and lived happily ever after.
ˌso-ˈcalled adjective
wrongly described or named in such a way. Your so-called friends have gone without you!
ˌso-ˈso adjective
neither very good nor very bad. His health is so-so.
and so on/forth
and more of the same kind of thing. He reminded me of what I owed him and so on.
or soorso as to
in order to. He sat at the front so as to be able to hear.
so far, so good
all is well up to this point. So far, so good – we've checked the equipment, and everything's ready.
so that
1. with the purpose that; in order that. I'll wash this dress so that you can wear it.
2. with the result that. He got up very late, so that he missed the bus and was late for work.
so to say/speak
if one may use such an expression; in a way; it could be said. The dog is, so to speak, a member of this family.
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