\əz, (ˌ)az\

Definition of as 

(Entry 1 of 9)

1 : to the same degree or amount as soft as silk twice as long

2 : for instance : such as various trees, as oak or pine

3 : when considered in a specified form or relation usually used before a preposition or a participle my opinion as distinguished from his

Definition of as (Entry 2 of 9)

1 : as if He looks as he had seen a ghost.— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

2 : in or to the same degree in which soft as silk usually used as a correlative after an adjective or adverb modified by adverbial as or so as cool as a cucumber

3 : in the way or manner that Do as I do.

4 : in accordance with what or the way in which quite good as boys go

5 : while, when spilled the milk as she got up

6 : regardless of the degree to which : though Improbable as it seems, it's true.

7 : for the reason that : because, since stayed home as she had no car

8 : that the result is so clearly guilty as to leave no doubt

as is

: in the presently existing condition without modification bought the clock at an auction as is

as it were

: as if it were so : in a manner of speaking His retirement was, as it were, the beginning of his real career.



Definition of as (Entry 3 of 9)

1 : that, who, which used after same or such in the same building as my brother… tears such as angels weep …— John Milton and chiefly dialect after a substantive not modified by same or such … that kind of fruit as maids call medlars …— William Shakespeare

2 : a fact that is a foreigner, as is evident from his accent

Definition of as (Entry 4 of 9)

1a : like sense 2 They all rose as one man.

b : like sense 1a … his face was as a mask which revealed nothing.— Max Beerbohm

2 : in the capacity, character, condition, or role of works as an editor


\ˈas \
plural asses\ ˈa-​ˌsēz , ˈa-​səz \

Definition of as (Entry 5 of 9)

1a : a bronze coin of the ancient Roman republic

b : a unit of value equivalent to an as coin


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Definition of As (Entry 6 of 9)




Definition of As (Entry 7 of 9)



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Definition of AS (Entry 8 of 9)

1 after sight

2 airspeed

3 American Samoa

4 Anglo-Saxon

5 antisubmarine

6 associate in science



Definition of as- (Entry 9 of 9)

— see ad-

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Like vs. as: Usage Guide


Like has been used as a conjunction in ways similar to as since the 14th century. In the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries it was used in serious literature, but not often; in the 17th and 18th centuries it grew more frequent but less literary. It became markedly more frequent in literary use again in the 19th century. By mid-century it was coming under critical fire, but not from grammarians, oddly enough, who were wrangling over whether it could be called a preposition or not. There is no doubt that, after 600 years of use, conjunctive like is firmly established. It has been used by many prestigious literary figures of the past, though perhaps not in their most elevated works; in modern use it may be found in literature, journalism, and scholarly writing. While the present objection to it is perhaps more heated than rational, someone writing in a formal prose style may well prefer to use as, as if, such as, or an entirely different construction instead.

Examples of as in a Sentence


He was angry, but she was just as angry.


The letter “k” is sometimes silent, as it is in “knee.” She spilled the milk just as she was getting up. I met him as I was leaving.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Kids aren't going to be sweating as much [because of the mesh]. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Michael Crooke, Head of WAYB, Wants to Make a Travel Car Seat Like You've Never Seen Before," 7 Nov. 2018 And yet now, nearly 50 years later, those sentiments resonate just as much today, if not more, than ever before. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Just Paid Tribute to Prince Charles and His Work in the Fight Against Climate Change," 26 Oct. 2018 Doctors recommend that anyone who wears contacts also have a pair of glasses as well. Tiffany Yannetta, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Getting Contact Lenses," 26 Oct. 2018 Teslas delivered in the first half of 2019 would qualify for half as much: $3,750. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "New Bill Could Save Tesla's $7,500 Tax Credit," 19 Oct. 2018 There's some observational support for the existence of Europa penitentes as well, the researchers reported. Mike Wall,, "Jupiter Moon Europa's Jagged Ice Towers Could Imperil Robot Landers," 8 Oct. 2018 Labourt, a left-handed reliever with control issues, hasn’t been as successful as those two, however. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Future tense? Tigers' Futures Game players haven't often panned out," 14 July 2018 Estimates of a potential city payout have been as high as $100 million, but the people making such guesses have always acknowledged uncertainty given a host of variables. David Garrick,, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018 Dussutour cut her slime molds into more than 4,000 pieces and trained half of them with salt—another substance that the organisms dislike, though not as strongly as quinine and caffeine. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Krupp, who is hitting .456 with 33 RBIs, is a double-threat as the team’s No. 1 starting pitcher. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Double trouble: Waubonsee ace Nicole Krupp finds added role as home run hitter," 19 Apr. 2018 When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes maps examining the health of Americans, my state of Mississippi lights up red, as do other states in the rural South. Freddie White-johnson, STAT, "Making health research relevant — and less feared — in the Mississippi Delta," 18 Apr. 2018 Musolino and Turchetti will perform as a duo for their Poway concert. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Terra Sangue Mare performs Friday in Old Poway Park," 18 Apr. 2018 Sepsis and antibiotic use can cause acute kidney injury, as can cardiovascular surgery and diabetes. Bradley J. Fikes,, "San Diego's Astute Medical purchased for $90 million," 18 Apr. 2018 Since the Trump administration moved in last year, there’s been an unspoken competition among Cabinet officials to spend as much taxpayer money as possible in the most questionable of ways. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Trump Official Blames Obama for His $1 Million Office Redesign," 18 Apr. 2018 Just as noteworthy: each of the robot’s parts was the generic, off-the-shelf kind—a key step toward making such machines mass-producible. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "IKEA-Building Robot Conquers Touchy-Feely Challenge," 18 Apr. 2018 At bottom, see a sampling of the many restaurants graded as an A for no violations. 7 violations Pei Wei Fresh Kitchen, 3426 E. Baseline Road, Suite 121 Mesa. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Restaurant inspections: Handling food with bandaged fingers among violations," 18 Apr. 2018 The gunman, Adam Lanza, killed himself as police arrived at the school, but a clear motive for the rampage has never been identified. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Alex Jones of Infowars sued by Sandy Hook parents in defamation lawsuits," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The perception that without European glory a top manager cannot be a success is near sickening - as is always remembered during Guardiola's time with Bayern Munich and could also be the case at the Etihad Stadium in time to come., "Why Europe's Unhealthy Obsession With the Champions League Is Ruining Domestic Football," 26 May 2018 CHICAGO — As was his normal postgame ritual, Jimmy Butler peered into his tidy locker stall and methodically finished dressing as a half-circle of reporters and television cameras, at least six deep, impatiently pressed up behind him. Jeff Arnold, New York Times, "As Jimmy Butler Sizzles, Bulls Struggle to Play .500 Ball," 11 Jan. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'as.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of as


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for as


Middle English, from Old English eallswā likewise, just as — more at also


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English Language Learners Definition of as

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to the same degree or amount

—used to introduce an example

English Language Learners Definition of as (Entry 2 of 3)

—used in the phrase as…as to say when something should be done, how often something should happen, etc.

: in the way that

—used to introduce a statement which indicates that something being mentioned was known, expected, etc.

English Language Learners Definition of as (Entry 3 of 3)

—used to indicate how a person or thing appears, is thought of, etc.

—used to indicate the condition, role, job, etc., of someone or something


\əz, az\

Kids Definition of as

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : to the same degree or amount as good as gold

2 : for example various trees, as oaks and maples

Kids Definition of as (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : in equal amount or degree with cold as ice

2 : in the way that Do as I say. You can come and go as you please.

3 : at the same time that They sang as they marched.

4 : for the reason that : because I stayed home, as I had no car.



Kids Definition of as (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : that entry 1 sense 1, who, which She was a kind soul such as I'd never known before. He has the same name as my cousin does.

2 : a fact that You are happy, as we all know. As I said before, you must leave.

Kids Definition of as (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : like entry 4 sense 1 I went dressed as a princess.

2 : in the position or role of He works as a firefighter.

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Medical Definition of As (Entry 2 of 3)


Medical Definition of AS (Entry 3 of 3)

4 [ Latin auris sinistra ] left ear used especially in audiology and in writing medical prescriptions

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