as

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adverb

əz,
(ˌ)az How to pronounce as (audio)
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

as

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conjunction

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
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.

as

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pronoun

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

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preposition

1
a
: 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

as

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noun

plural asses ˈa-ˌsēz How to pronounce as (audio)
ˈa-səz
1
a
: a bronze coin of the ancient Roman republic
b
: a unit of value equivalent to an as coin
2

As

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abbreviation (1)

altostratus

As

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symbol

arsenic

AS

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abbreviation (2)

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

as-

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prefix

see ad-
Phrases
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.

Example Sentences

Adverb He was angry, but she was just as angry. Conjunction 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
The Bucks, Hawks, Heat and Cavaliers have all been teams linked to Crowder regarding a trade, but including a third team in a deal has been in discussion as well. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 23 Nov. 2022 And then, of course, Linda will probably tell you as well, integrity. CBS News, 23 Nov. 2022 The American Automobile Association is predicting that 54.6 million people will travel over 50 miles for Thanksgiving this year as well, with many of them hitting the roads. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 Finally, there are biological limits to how widely pheromones can be used as well—they’re not an option for all pests. WIRED, 23 Nov. 2022 As the look had elements of both demure and dramatic, Kaley made sure to play this up with her accessories as well. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 23 Nov. 2022 Clark was able to tap her own background for the role as well. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2022 Those who are fans of Lifetime or Hallmark in general can watch most of the networks’ films with Philo as well. al, 23 Nov. 2022 Vermont Congresswoman-elect Becca Balint, who is succeeding Senator-elect Peter Welch and will be the first lesbian to represent Vermont, got a maxed out donation from Bankman-Fried as well. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 23 Nov. 2022
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, 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, 18 Apr. 2018 Musolino and Turchetti will perform as a duo for their Poway concert. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, 18 Apr. 2018 Sepsis and antibiotic use can cause acute kidney injury, as can cardiovascular surgery and diabetes. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, 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, 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, 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, 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, 17 Apr. 2018
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. SI.com, 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, 11 Jan. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb, Conjunction, Pronoun, and Preposition

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

Noun

Latin

First Known Use

Adverb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Conjunction

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

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

Noun

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of as was in the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near as

Cite this Entry

“As.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/as. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

as 1 of 5

adverb

əz How to pronounce as (audio)
(ˌ)az
1
: to the same degree or amount
as cold as ice
a number twice as large
2
: for example
various trees, as oak or pine

as

2 of 5

conjunction

1
: in or to the same degree that
mad as a hornet
2
: in the way or manner that
do as I say
3
: at the same time that : while, when
sang as they marched along
4
: though entry 2
improbable as it seems, it's true
5
: because, since
stayed home, as I had no car
6
: that the result is
so clearly guilty as to leave no doubt
as is
: in the present condition without any changes
bought the clock at an auction as is

as

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pronoun

1
: that entry 1, who, which
used after same or such
had the same name as my cousin
2
: a fact that
they are smart, as you know
as I said before, it's time to go

as

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preposition

1
: like entry 4 sense 2
came dressed as a clown
2
: in the position or role of
working as an editor

as-

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see ad-

Medical Definition

as 1 of 3

abbreviation

astigmatism

As

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symbol

arsenic

AS

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abbreviation

1
2
3
4
[Latin auris sinistra] left ear
used especially in audiology and in writing medical prescriptions

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