as

adverb
\ əz, (ˌ)az How to pronounce as (audio) \

Definition of as

 (Entry 1 of 9)

1 : to the same degree or amount as soft as silk twice as long
2 : for instance : such as various trees, as oak or pine
3 : when considered in a specified form or relation usually used before a preposition or a participle my opinion as distinguished from his

Definition of as (Entry 2 of 9)

1 : as if He looks as he had seen a ghost.— Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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 : in the way or manner that Do as I do.
4 : in accordance with what or the way in which quite good as boys go
5 : while, when spilled the milk as she got up
6 : regardless of the degree to which : though Improbable as it seems, it's true.
7 : for the reason that : because, since stayed home as she had no car
8 : that the result is so clearly guilty as to leave no doubt
as is
: in the presently existing condition without modification bought the clock at an auction as is
as it were
: as if it were so : in a manner of speaking His retirement was, as it were, the beginning of his real career.

as

pronoun

Definition of as (Entry 3 of 9)

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

Definition of as (Entry 4 of 9)

1a : like sense 2 They all rose as one man.
b : like sense 1a … his face was as a mask which revealed nothing.— Max Beerbohm
2 : in the capacity, character, condition, or role of works as an editor

as

noun
\ ˈas How to pronounce as (audio) \
plural asses\ ˈa-​ˌsēz How to pronounce as (audio) , ˈa-​səz \

Definition of as (Entry 5 of 9)

1a : a bronze coin of the ancient Roman republic
b : a unit of value equivalent to an as coin

Definition of As (Entry 6 of 9)

altostratus

As

symbol

Definition of As (Entry 7 of 9)

arsenic

Definition of AS (Entry 8 of 9)

1 after sight
2 airspeed
3 American Samoa
4 Anglo-Saxon
5 antisubmarine
6 associate in science

as-

prefix

Definition of as- (Entry 9 of 9)

— see ad-

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Synonyms for as

Synonyms: Conjunction

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Like vs. as: Usage Guide

Conjunction

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

Adverb He was angry, but she was just as angry. Conjunction The letter “k” is sometimes silent, as it is in “knee.” She spilled the milk just as she was getting up. I met him as I was leaving.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Noting that the United States is still a long way from herd immunity, and that there’s been a significant dropoff in vaccine demand despite plenty of supply, Oliver stressed the importance of getting as many adults vaccinated as soon as possible. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "John Oliver Debunks Covid-19 Vaccine Skepticism on ‘Last Week Tonight’," 3 May 2021 There well could have been triple-double, but with the lopsided lead for the second time in as many nights, Butler was given the fourth quarter off. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Heat take down Hornets 121-111, move up in East standings," 2 May 2021 But without as many models of strong financial success and confidence to relate to, women and people of color are more likely to struggle with feeling like a fraud or an outlier, two hallmarks of financial impostor syndrome. Julia Carpenter, WSJ, "Why So Many Millennials Fall Prey to Imposter Syndrome," 2 May 2021 Garrett Richards turned in a second solid start is as many outings, but this time the Red Sox bullpen was not able to back him up. BostonGlobe.com, "Bullpen squanders latest strong Garrett Richards start as Red Sox fall to Rangers," 2 May 2021 Fischer scored his second goal in as many nights, Dvorak tied the game with 5:12 to play and Darcy Kuemper stopped 31 shots, but the Coyotes came up short. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Coyotes rally in third period, but fall in overtime to Golden Knights," 1 May 2021 The exchange comes as many on the Right have expressed their concern that free speech is being infringed on college campuses. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Professor who argued with student about whether officers are 'heroes' takes leave of absence," 1 May 2021 Obliging the grandfather, the mariachi kept playing as many embraced each other and marched through the streets of the Mexican American community, seeking healing after the tragic death. Laura Rodríguez Presa, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s Latino community divided by police killing of Adam Toledo: As many push for police accountability, some fear gang violence and want more policing," 1 May 2021 The winger scored the game-winner in overtime, his second goal in as many games, and assisted on the goal that forced overtime. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Saturday's Wild-St. Louis game recap," 1 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Krupp, who is hitting .456 with 33 RBIs, is a double-threat as the team’s No. 1 starting pitcher. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Double trouble: Waubonsee ace Nicole Krupp finds added role as home run hitter," 19 Apr. 2018 When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes maps examining the health of Americans, my state of Mississippi lights up red, as do other states in the rural South. Freddie White-johnson, STAT, "Making health research relevant — and less feared — in the Mississippi Delta," 18 Apr. 2018 Musolino and Turchetti will perform as a duo for their Poway concert. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Terra Sangue Mare performs Friday in Old Poway Park," 18 Apr. 2018 Sepsis and antibiotic use can cause acute kidney injury, as can cardiovascular surgery and diabetes. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's Astute Medical purchased for $90 million," 18 Apr. 2018 Since the Trump administration moved in last year, there’s been an unspoken competition among Cabinet officials to spend as much taxpayer money as possible in the most questionable of ways. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Trump Official Blames Obama for His $1 Million Office Redesign," 18 Apr. 2018 Just as noteworthy: each of the robot’s parts was the generic, off-the-shelf kind—a key step toward making such machines mass-producible. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "IKEA-Building Robot Conquers Touchy-Feely Challenge," 18 Apr. 2018 At bottom, see a sampling of the many restaurants graded as an A for no violations. 7 violations Pei Wei Fresh Kitchen, 3426 E. Baseline Road, Suite 121 Mesa. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Restaurant inspections: Handling food with bandaged fingers among violations," 18 Apr. 2018 The gunman, Adam Lanza, killed himself as police arrived at the school, but a clear motive for the rampage has never been identified. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Alex Jones of Infowars sued by Sandy Hook parents in defamation lawsuits," 17 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The perception that without European glory a top manager cannot be a success is near sickening - as is always remembered during Guardiola's time with Bayern Munich and could also be the case at the Etihad Stadium in time to come. SI.com, "Why Europe's Unhealthy Obsession With the Champions League Is Ruining Domestic Football," 26 May 2018 CHICAGO — As was his normal postgame ritual, Jimmy Butler peered into his tidy locker stall and methodically finished dressing as a half-circle of reporters and television cameras, at least six deep, impatiently pressed up behind him. Jeff Arnold, New York Times, "As Jimmy Butler Sizzles, Bulls Struggle to Play .500 Ball," 11 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of as

Adverb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Conjunction

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for as

Adverb, Conjunction, Pronoun, and Preposition

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

Noun

Latin

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The first known use of as was in the 12th century

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as

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of as

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to the same degree or amount
formal used to introduce an example

English Language Learners Definition of as (Entry 2 of 3)

used to make comparisons usually used in the phrase as…as sometimes used in negative phrases with so
used in the phrase as…as to say when something should be done, how often something should happen, etc.
: in the way that

English Language Learners Definition of as (Entry 3 of 3)

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

adverb
\ əz How to pronounce as (audio) , az \

Kids Definition of as

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : to the same degree or amount as good as gold
2 : for example various trees, as oaks and maples

Kids Definition of as (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : in equal amount or degree with cold as ice
2 : in the way that Do as I say. You can come and go as you please.
3 : at the same time that They sang as they marched.
4 : for the reason that : because I stayed home, as I had no car.

as

pronoun

Kids Definition of as (Entry 3 of 4)

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

Kids Definition of as (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : like entry 4 sense 1 I went dressed as a princess.
2 : in the position or role of He works as a firefighter.

Medical Definition of as

 (Entry 1 of 3)

astigmatism

As

symbol

Medical Definition of As (Entry 2 of 3)

arsenic

Medical Definition of AS (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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