Definition of — as we know it in English:

— as we know it

phrase

  • As is familiar or customary in the present.

    ‘apocalyptic expectations, envisaging the end of the world as we know it’
    • ‘If we do nothing, the world as we know it will grind to a halt.’
    • ‘Does the advent of downloading herald the demise of the album format as we know it - a tangible sequence of songs selected, ordered and packaged according to the intentions of the artist?’
    • ‘We would like to keep the fabric of the village together, but if these schemes go ahead it will spell the end of the village as we know it.’
    • ‘We are witnessing the information revolution that will change the media as we know it.’
    • ‘This level of remuneration did not result in the collapse of the book trade as we know it.’
    • ‘For it is clear that should these ambitious plans come to fruition, then what emerges will be nothing like a hospital as we know it.’
    • ‘If some radical predictions come true, the office as we know it could become something of a rarity in years to come.’
    • ‘Without such pioneers putting their work into the public domain, the Internet as we know it would not exist.’
    • ‘It's a fascinating, gritty look at the world as we know it.’
    • ‘We are just beginning to understand the legacy of pollution and toxic waste, just beginning to realize that, while the human race as we know it might be wiped out, life will resurface, life will adapt and change.’