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 trueA simple collection of songs? As if. How about a conceptual ode to London's millennia-old history?— Craig McLeanBig 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

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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

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of as if was in the 13th century

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“As if.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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Kids Definition of as if

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 : that entry 2 sense 1 It seemed as if the day would never end.

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