曽 means 'formerly'

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Strokes : 12    Frequency: 1698   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-29    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 7 words   Used in 12 words   Used in 921 names   Component in 6 kanji (5 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ソウ   ゾ
On    ソ   ゾウ
Kun    かつ formerly   かつて   すなわち
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See which yomi tripped up a prime minister, prompting endless ridicule. Find out which literary giant was also a military doctor who misunderstood an illness, causing the “beriberi dispute.” Also learn to say, “He lived to meet his great-grandchildren,” “My family has lived in Tokyo since my great-grandfather's time,” and “The area was struck by the greatest earthquake on record.”
⿳   () eight   rice field   sun; day  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 曽 is used 3 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 曽 is used 9 times, read 4 ways.
ソウ : 5 words FIND ALL
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ソ : 2 words FIND ALL
section of the Nakasendo  (see also: 中山道)
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ゾ : 1 word FIND ALL
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unprecedented; unheard of
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かつ : 1 word FIND ALL
Most common form: 都て
1. once; before; formerly; ever; former; ex-  (often written with kana only)
2. never yet; never before; first time; still not happened  (used with neg. verb; often written with kana only)
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An additional 3 less common words include 曽 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
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ソウ   ゾ   formerly
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デン   た rice field   
ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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