as if


Definition of as if

  1. 1 :  as it would be if <It was as if he had lost his last friend.>

  2. 2 :  as one would do if <He ran as if ghosts were chasing him.>

  3. 3 :  that <It seemed as if the day would never end.>

  4. 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

  1. <she looked as if she wanted to ask one more question before we left>

13th Century

First Known Use of as if

13th century

AS IF Defined for Kids

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Definition of as if for Students

  1. 1 :  the way it would be if <It's as if we'd never left.>

  2. 2 :  as someone would do if <They acted as if they knew me.>

  3. 3 :  2that 1 <It seemed as if the day would never end.>

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