Definition of as if
1 : as it would be if It was as if he had lost his last friend.
2 : as one would do if He ran as if ghosts were chasing him.
3 : that It seemed as if the day would never end.
4 —used to say that something is not true, not possible, will not happen, etc. “I am sure I am very affectionate,” said Dora; “you oughtn't to be cruel to me, Doady!” “Cruel, my precious love! As if I would—or could—be cruel to you, for the world!” — Charles Dickens ; sometimes used informally as an interjection to say that something suggested or claimed is impossible, incorrect, or ridiculously unlikely to be true A simple collection of songs? As if. How about a conceptual ode to London's millennia-old history? — Craig McLean Big budgets? High-priced actresses? As if! The film cost a modest $13 million, a figure achieved by not casting stars, but rather stars-in-the-making … — Nicholas Fonseca
Examples of as if in a sentence
<she looked as if she wanted to ask one more question before we left>
First Known Use of as if
AS IF Defined for Kids
Definition of as if for Students
1 : the way it would be if It's as if we'd never left.
2 : as someone would do if They acted as if they knew me.
3 : 2that 1 It seemed as if the day would never end.
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