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as

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adverb \əz, (ˌ)az\

Definition of as

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

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

  3. 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.

Origin and Etymology of as

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


First Known Use: 12th century


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as

conjunction

Definition of as

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

  2. 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. 3 :  in the way or manner that Do as I do.

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

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

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

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

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

as is

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

as it were

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 12th century


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as

pronoun

Definition of as

  1. 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. 2 :  a fact that is a foreigner, as is evident from his accent

Origin and Etymology of as

see 1as


First Known Use: 12th century


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as

preposition

Definition of as

  1. 1a :  like 2 They all rose as one man.b :  like 1a … his face was as a mask which revealed nothing. — Max Beerbohm

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

Origin and Etymology of as

see 1as


First Known Use: 13th century


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as

play
noun \ˈas\

Definition of as

plural

asses

play \ˈa-ˌsēz, ˈa-səz\
  1. 1a :  a bronze coin of the ancient Roman republicb :  a unit of value equivalent to an as coin

  2. 2 :  libra 2a

Origin and Etymology of as

Latin


First Known Use: 1540


1

As

abbreviation

Definition of As

  1. altostratus


2

As

symbol

Definition of As

  1. arsenic

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


AS

abbreviation

Definition of AS

  1. 1 after sight

  2. 2 airspeed

  3. 3 American Samoa

  4. 4 Anglo-Saxon

  5. 5 antisubmarine

  6. 6 associate in science


as-

Definition of as-

  1. see ad-


AS Defined for English Language Learners

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as

play
adverb \əz, (ˌ)az\

Definition of as for English Language Learners

  • : to the same degree or amount

  • —used to introduce an example


2

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.


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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

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as

play
adverb \əz, az\

Definition of as for Students

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

  2. 2 :  for example various trees, as oaks and maples


2

as

play
conjunction

Definition of as for Students

  1. 1 :  in equal amount or degree with cold as ice

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

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

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


3

as

play
pronoun

Definition of as for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  a fact that You are happy, as we all know. As I said before, you must leave.


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as

play
preposition

Definition of as for Students

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

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


Medical Dictionary

as

abbreviation

Medical Definition of as

  1. astigmatism


As

symbol

Medical Definition of As

  1. arsenic


AS

abbreviation

Medical Definition of AS

  1. 1ankylosing spondylitis

  2. 2aortic stenosis

  3. 3arteriosclerosis

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



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