so that
Conjunction
  1. Indicates purpose; in order that, with the result that.
    He must die so that others might live.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
      He seized his axe, which he had made very sharp, and as the leader of the wolves came on the Tin Woodman swung his arm and chopped the wolf's head from its body, so that it immediately died.
  2. Indicates purpose; in such a way that, with the intent that.
    He tied a complex knot so that others would find it hard to undo.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hwptej;view=1up;seq=5 page 01]:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. […]. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
Synonyms Related terms Translations
  • French: pour que (+ subjunctive), afin que (+ subjunctive), afin de (+ infinitive)
  • German: damit, sodass
  • Italian: cosicché, perché
  • Portuguese: para que, de modo que
  • Russian: что́бы
  • Spanish: para que (+ subjunctive), de modo que (+ subjunctive), de manera que



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