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as

adverb \ əz , (ˌ)az \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of as

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

Examples of as in a Sentence

  1. He was angry, but she was just as angry.

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Origin and Etymology of as

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


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as

conjunction

Definition of as

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.

like vs. as

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

  1. The letter “k” is sometimes silent, as it is in “knee.”

  2. She spilled the milk just as she was getting up.

  3. I met him as I was leaving.

Origin and Etymology of as

see 1as

as Synonyms

Synonyms
when, so long as, while, whilst [chiefly British]
Related Words
but, if
Near Antonyms
after

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as

pronoun

Definition of as

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

Origin and Etymology of as

see 1as


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as

preposition

Definition of as

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

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Origin and Etymology of as

see 1as


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as

noun \ ˈas \

Definition of as

plural asses play \ˈa-ˌsēz, ˈa-səz\
1 a : a bronze coin of the ancient Roman republic
b : a unit of value equivalent to an as coin
2 : libra 2a

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Origin and Etymology of as

Latin


1

As

abbreviation

Definition of As

altostratus

2

As

symbol

Definition of As

arsenic

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


AS

abbreviation

Definition of AS

1 after sight
2 airspeed
3 American Samoa
4 Anglo-Saxon
5 antisubmarine
6 associate in science

as-

prefix

Definition of as-

— see ad-

AS Defined for English Language Learners

as

adverb

Definition of as for English Language Learners

  • : to the same degree or amount

  • —used to introduce an example


as

conjunction

Definition of as for English Language Learners

  • —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.


as

preposition

Definition of as for English Language Learners

  • —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


AS Defined for Kids

1

as

adverb \ əz , az \

Definition of as for Students

1 : to the same degree or amount
  • as good as gold
2 : for example
  • various trees, as oaks and maples

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as

conjunction

Definition of as for Students

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.

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as

pronoun

Definition of as for Students

1 : 1that 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.

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as

preposition

Definition of as for Students

1 : 4like 1
  • I went dressed as a princess.
2 : in the position or role of
  • He works as a firefighter.

Medical Dictionary

as

abbreviation

medical Definition of as

astigmatism

As

symbol

medical Definition of As

arsenic

AS

abbreviation

medical Definition of AS

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


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