as if


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 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 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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