abbreviation

  • 1Anglo-Saxon.

  • 2Assam.

Main definitions of as in English

: as1as2As3AS4

as1

Pronunciation /əz//az/

adverb

  • 1Used in comparisons to refer to the extent or degree of something.

    ‘go as fast as you can’
    ‘it tasted like grape juice but not as sweet’
    • ‘It's best to plant bulbs as soon as possible after bringing them home.’
    • ‘A microprocessor, as small as a postage stamp, performs thousands of calculations per second based on readings from the sensor.’
    • ‘I'm not nearly as good as she is, but I'm still learning.’
    • ‘Paris has been almost as hot as Mecca this week.’
    • ‘They know the company as well as I do.’
    • ‘He's not as big as you think he is.’
    • ‘The other guy was all muscle, and he was strong, but not as fast.’
    • ‘Most mums-to-be want to look just as nice as they did before they became pregnant.’
    1. 1.1 Used to emphasize an amount.
      ‘as many as twenty-two rare species may be at risk’
      • ‘Police arrested as many as 150 people for participating in a rare public protest to call for reforms.’
      • ‘A major resort might spend as much as $1 million annually on its power bill for snowmaking.’
      • ‘The plan is less than the estimates of some analysts, who had said the company may have to pay as much as $4 billion.’
      • ‘Now the chimp is an endangered species, with as few as 150,000 chimps left in the wild.’
      • ‘Your fish will survive in as little as 18 inches of water as long as it does not freeze solid.’

conjunction

  • 1Used to indicate that something happens during the time when something else is taking place.

    ‘Frank watched him as he ambled through the crowd’
    ‘as she grew older, she kept more to herself’
    • ‘Last night, as we drove back from the grocery store, the sky was a deep blue with pink-tinted edges.’
    • ‘They were showered in debris as the house collapsed and Amanda was separated from her party.’
    • ‘The ice continued to melt, but as it did so, I continued to slip deeper into the unknown.’
    • ‘I was raised as a Catholic in Poland but as I grew older I started to question things.’
    • ‘She watched him as he approached her.’
    • ‘I grabbed the keys to the store as I left.’
    while, just as, even as, at the time that, at the same time that, at the moment that, during the time that, just when
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  • 2Used to indicate by comparison the way that something happens or is done.

    ‘they can do as they wish’
    ‘she kissed him goodbye, as usual’
    • ‘She was the same as always, but her hair looked brighter and her eyes sparkled more.’
    • ‘Since the mother is ill, she may not be able to care for her baby as she would if she were well.’
    • ‘The direction deserves commendation, as do all the actors.’
    • ‘You may add more sugar to the recipe as you wish, but don't over-sweeten it.’
    • ‘The bout was, as was the case back then, a slow-paced fight compared to the fights of today.’
    • ‘Thank you Mrs Peck, as usual you have been very helpful.’
    in the way that, in the same way that, the way, the same way, in the manner that, in the same manner that
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    1. 2.1 Used to add or interject a comment relating to the statement of a fact.
      ‘as you can see, I didn't go after all’
      • ‘I've got a business to run, as you can see.’
      • ‘I'm used to all kinds of hard work, as you know, and I'm not afraid.’
      • ‘They commented on our house, as we all knew they would.’
      • ‘However, as I mentioned earlier, most people are totally unaware of the East Village Arts District.’
      • ‘Lee was a night-time security guard as I recall, not a cop.’
      • ‘The lady is not, as he said in his letter, ten years younger than he, but a little older.’
      which, a fact which, something which
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  • 3Because; since.

    ‘I must stop now as I have to go out’
    • ‘I miss him terribly as he was also a very good friend before any sort of romantic relationship developed.’
    • ‘There are concerns for her as she was ill before she vanished.’
    • ‘I look forward to more of their efforts, as they seem to be a young company with an interesting slate of artistic foreign films.’
    • ‘Children's charities would like more help distributed through child benefit, as it is paid to all children through their mother.’
    • ‘This is a hard letter to write, as I have to admit I was wrong, and I hate that.’
    • ‘Athlone requested the game be played before Christmas instead of January 8 as students will be on holiday.’
    because, since, seeing that, seeing as, considering that, on account of the fact that, in view of the fact that, owing to the fact that
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  • 4Even though.

    ‘sweet as he is, he doesn't pay his bills’
    ‘try as he might, he failed to pull it off’
    • ‘Medicine Lodge, Kansas, small as it was, contained seven saloons for the comfort of local drinkers.’
    • ‘I still can't push that memory out of my mind, hard as I might try.’
    • ‘Caroline, tired as she was, obediently followed.’
    • ‘But, good as he is, he was not the only reason to enjoy the film.’
    • ‘Unless you are of a particularly curious bent, you would not even wish to sit down and eat with these people - dazzlingly clever as they undoubtedly are.’
    • ‘Try as she might, she can't keep her troubled family from fragmenting.’
    although, though, even if, even though, in spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, notwithstanding the fact that, notwithstanding that, for all that, while, whilst, albeit, however
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preposition

  • 1Used to refer to the function or character that someone or something has.

    ‘it came as a shock’
    ‘she got a job as a cook’
    • ‘He worked as a business teacher in the local high school.’
    • ‘The 7100, which also works as a phone, should appeal to customers who want a single device for calls and e-mail.’
    • ‘If you treat an important section of the community as outcasts, they will hardly shine as patriots.’
    • ‘His death came as a shock, followed by anger when you learnt of the circumstances.’
    • ‘In addition to text, users can send virtually any kind of electronic file as an attachment.’
    • ‘He cares for her deeply as a friend and perhaps as a future wife.’
    in the guise of, with the appearance of, in the character of, so as to appear to be
    in the role of, being, acting as, functioning as
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  • 2During the time of being (the thing specified)

    ‘he had often been ill as a child’
    • ‘At high school and later as an employee of a steel company he dabbled as a self-taught artist in oil painting.’
    • ‘Subsequently I visited this country as an adult, but for a short period of time.’
    • ‘This is definitely the weirdest dinner I've ever had as a student.’
    • ‘Born in the Ukraine, he was brought to England as a baby and spent his childhood in Liverpool.’
    • ‘My parents were able to build their business upon the strong values they were taught as children.’

Usage

For a discussion of whether it is correct to say he's not as shy as I rather than he's not as shy as me or I live in the same street as she rather than I live in the same street as hersee personal pronoun

Phrases

  • as against

    • Compared or contrasted with.

      ‘the adult literacy rate for women is 44.5 percent, as against 67.8 percent for men’
      • ‘In both 1914 and 1942, French Canadians rebelled, according to Richard, not so much against the war as against being coerced.’
      • ‘Initially, the request for the old box to be returned was flatly rejected as against the company's modernising policy.’
      • ‘Consolidated budget expenditures are projected at about 16.3 billion leva, 39.3 per cent of GDP, as against 38.6 per cent of GDP in 2004.’
      • ‘The number of judges in the high court will now go up to 39, as against the 41 required.’
      • ‘Relief bonds issued on or after 1 March will bear an interest rate of eight per cent as against 8.5 per cent earlier.’
      • ‘Castro said globalisation benefits only 20 per cent of the world's people as against 80 per cent of others.’
      • ‘Only 30 % of women said they backed the move, as against 39 % of men.’
      • ‘Fourteen percent of the candidates had obtained university admission, as against 12,5 percent last year.’
      • ‘Tuffey continued his good record in Tests in New Zealand, where he has taken 22 wickets at 25 as against 3 at 89 overseas.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, there is reason to doubt whether we can play as well today as against the Yugoslavs.’
      compared to, compared with, by contrast with, next to, against, beside
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  • as and when

    • At the time when (used to refer to an uncertain future event)

      ‘they deal with an issue as and when it rears its head’
      • ‘So expect posts as and when, but I doubt there will be more than one or two a day for a while.’
      • ‘Indeed, the study says that most journalists sent to cover crises are general reporters dispatched as and when events occur.’
      • ‘Apply one technique, refine it as and when, then ultimately stick with it or ditch it.’
      • ‘There is room for further expansion and development of the brewhouse to meet future demand as and when it arises.’
      • ‘Receptionists at taxi firms will be issued with forms so they can log them as and when they are reported by drivers.’
      • ‘I didn't do any research at the time, because I'm lazy and thought I'd resolve the issue as and when the need arose.’
      • ‘Publishers can shave costs by dumping their full-time employees and using freelances as and when.’
      • ‘We have issued strict instructions to the area engineers to fill potholes as and when they are appear.’
      • ‘The first priority for the group will be to improve this communications system as and when that proves possible.’
      • ‘Sometimes this preparatory stage is intensive. Sometimes it happens over a long period, as and when I feel like it.’
  • as for

    • With regard to.

      ‘as for you, you'd better be quick’
      • ‘And as for your present, chocolate may be involved, but there's other stuff too!’
      • ‘And as for the spread of STDs, would legalising prostitution really prevent it?’
      • ‘Also, as for rotation, there can be more than one roto-reflection axis.’
      • ‘And as for my father, I will definitely take him up on his offer if he still wants to send me to learn to sew now!’
      • ‘And as for the number of people you've never seen before, half a hand will do nicely.’
      • ‘And as for the Ramblers' Association, if they spent some of the money on footpath signs it would be a help.’
      • ‘And as for the Bonnie Prince, he died an alcoholic in Rome, his dreams turned to dust.’
      • ‘I thought she held up pretty well, but as for me, my skills are badly deteriorating.’
      • ‘And as for its military tradition, I assume we're going back in time a bit, maybe to the Vikings.’
      • ‘I burn up at the thought of it and as for having a chat with my mom about it, I would rather be run over by a bus first.’
      concerning, respecting, with respect to, on the subject of, as regards, regarding, with reference to, re, in regard to, with regard to, apropos, in the matter of, in connection with
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  • as from (or of)

    • Used to indicate the time or date from which something starts.

      ‘as from 1 January, a free market will be created’
      ‘I'm on the dole as of now’
      • ‘In the absence of agreement as to the date of the payment, payment is to be implied to be on demand as from the date of any tax saving made by the Defendant.’
      • ‘The number of cases at the moment is certainly declining as of this month, on the other hand we have had lulls before.’
      • ‘But, as of yesterday, the trust had only 3,000 members, and you have to be a member to invest.’
      • ‘I wandered over to what will be my new desk as of Monday to try it out for size, and see how I felt about the view.’
      • ‘Benefits of the Scheme will only apply as from the date your contributions to the scheme becomes payable.’
      • ‘Boarding schools will also have to pay to be inspected by the government's Care Commission as from next year.’
      • ‘So in an effort to start people recycling rubbish, as from Friday, Bristol Bin men will take one wheelie bin full of trash only.’
      • ‘After all this, I was told today that the form has changed as from this month to a new nationwide form.’
      • ‘The train's called the Ghan and it runs from Adelaide through Alice and, as of today, on to Darwin.’
      • ‘He has a fiancée, Julie, and as of a fortnight ago, a son named Christian.’
  • as if (or though)

    • As would be the case if.

      ‘she behaved as if he wasn't there’
      • ‘Football is now a business, but players are expected to act as if it was still a sport.’
      • ‘So she got out of her car and went about her errands as though nothing untoward was happening.’
      • ‘It's almost as though some people only feel they have an identity when they are at work.’
      • ‘It was all he could do to act as though he had never read either of her letters.’
      • ‘She had known Sara only a day or two and yet she acted as if Blaze were her best friend.’
      • ‘The men around her laughed and acted as though it was the cleverest thing they had seen.’
      • ‘Most of the details are a blur now but he motioned with the gun, as though he wanted us all outside.’
      • ‘They have told me to act as if their house is mine and they are all looking after me well.’
      • ‘My father talked a lot about his own father before he died, as though he'd never got over it.’
      • ‘The table was set out nicely and all seemed as though it would be a lovely lunch.’
  • as if!

    • informal I very much doubt it.

      ‘You know how pools winners always say it won't change their lives? Yeah, as if!’
      • ‘And wait I did, my Standard open at The horoscopes (Predictions for New Year! Your Stars, That Break, and You! - as if).’
      • ‘You can tell she's wanting everyone to tell her how brilliant she was. As if.’
      • ‘Clueless, however, with its mall culture (buy something; buying makes happy), and its witty dialogue (‘as if!’), doesn't support the heritage industry.’
      • ‘Even some prejudicial rejection can also be okay, if the person socially shutting you down is in a committed relationship (as if!) or has an incompatible sexual orientation.’
      • ‘You know how pools winners always say it won't change their lives? Yeah, right, as if.’
  • as (it) is

    • In the existing circumstances.

      ‘I've got enough on my plate as it is’
      • ‘Because I'm angry at it now, proper shaking angry and this Blog entry is long enough as it is.’
      • ‘It can help to shine a critical light on things that are wrong with the world as it is - which is plenty.’
      • ‘Buying a house is out of the question for many of us who struggle as it is to just rent somewhere.’
      • ‘Rail staff have a hard enough job as it is, working under difficult circumstances.’
      • ‘You're cool enough as is!’
      • ‘They bought the house as is with the understanding that Mrs Callahan could have a day in the house alone, to select mementos.’
      • ‘Though I'm feeling quite queer as it is, so I don't invite you to dwell on it too long.’
      • ‘I reckon it looks pretty choice as is, but its always fun to mix things up a bit.’
      • ‘We live in a highly residential area and there is little enough parkland as it is.’
      • ‘Mr Samuels tells it as it is and pulls no punches, he is one citizen who will stand up and be counted.’
  • as it were

    • In a way (used to be less precise)

      ‘areas which have been, as it were, pushed aside’
      • ‘Not really hungry, the trio dined early and lightly, eating, as it were, out of habit rather than desire.’
      • ‘I was feeling truly at odds with the world, in it, but not of it, as it were.’
      • ‘This book, not scholarly by any manner of means, takes us on a cultural excursion, as it were.’
      • ‘Also in Eire, there's a scheme for paying a living wage to artists once they have proved themselves, as it were.’
      • ‘Some of the young stags early in a hunt may turn and stand at bay for short periods as a sort of posturing, as it were, to the hounds.’
      • ‘All it seems to do, though, is set out a number of procedural steps, as it were.’
      • ‘It is clearly more powerful if you can identify a trend, because one rises above the individual dispute, as it were.’
      • ‘Like racoons, they have found niches in urban areas, living in our trash, as it were.’
      • ‘He was told what the terms were and he, as it were, gave his blessing.’
      • ‘Instead of me trying to get inside Harry's head, as it were, he started getting inside mine.’
      so to speak, in a manner of speaking, in a way, in some way or other, to some extent, so to say
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  • as to

    • With respect to; concerning.

      ‘decisions as to which patients receive treatment’
      • ‘Police are mystified as to how the thief managed to open the vehicle without using force.’
      • ‘We had different views as to how a political interviewer should go about his job.’
      • ‘I've been arguing with my husband as to what would be the best plant for this position.’
      • ‘Now drivers have been left confused as to whether they can still park in the bay.’
      • ‘They have been advising us as to how we should behave to avoid the situation getting worse.’
      • ‘Postwatch will also listen to local concerns as to why the offices should not close.’
      • ‘I have only one spare bed, so had to make a tricky decision as to who had to sleep on the floor.’
      • ‘If in doubt ask for written confirmation as to what you can expect for your money.’
      • ‘So now I'm back home and a bit confused as to whether my visit was effective or not.’
      • ‘I am aware that there is no easy solution as to whether abortion is right or wrong.’
      concerning, respecting, with respect to, on the subject of, as regards, regarding, with reference to, re, in regard to, with regard to, apropos, in the matter of, in connection with
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  • as was

    • Formerly.

      ‘Guangzhou (Canton as was) is 2000 km from Beijing’
      • ‘The three rathas (temple cars) built of various trees constructed in parts from traditional tools as was done thousands of years ago.’
      previously, earlier, earlier on, before, until now, until then, hitherto, née, once, as was, once upon a time, at one time, at an earlier time, in the past, in days gone by, back in the day, in years gone by, in times gone by, in bygone days, in times past, in former times, in earlier times, time was when
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  • as yet

    • usually with negativeUntil now or a particular time in the past.

      ‘the damage is as yet undetermined’
      • ‘Several proposals have been considered, but as yet no feasible plans are in place.’
      • ‘Britain, for some as yet unexplained reason, chose not to avail itself of this option.’
      • ‘They may be on the verge of an appointment but there's no sign of an announcement as yet.’
      • ‘He has as yet had no response from the government or other political parties.’
      • ‘With a number of fixtures still to be played, whether this match will be replayed is as yet undecided.’
      • ‘Although there is still a long way to go, and it's a bit early to be thinking of that as yet.’
      • ‘Officers are currently investigating the complaint and as yet no charges have been filed.’
      • ‘Teachers must be allowed the joy of introducing children to areas of study as yet unknown to them.’
      • ‘Some of the leaves at the base of the plant are almost black but newer foliage shows no sign of this colouring as yet.’
      • ‘There is little sign as yet of the opposition movement forcing the US to alter its policies.’
      so far, thus far, yet, still, even now, up till now, up to now, until now, up to the present time
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  • as you do

    • informal Used as an ironic comment on a somewhat unexpected statement.

      ‘on the way home I fell asleep in John's car, as you do’
      • ‘I decided to invite a friend I worked with to accompany me to the ballet - as you do.’
      • ‘On the plane the other day I found myself - as you do - examining in detail the people around me.’
      • ‘I was idly wondering, you know - as you do, what is the world's largest pickle?’
      • ‘Her formerly shy and romantic husband reacts by training as a terrorist - as you do.’
      • ‘Last night I dreamt that I was having lunch with a couple of friends and Snoop Dog, as you do.’
      • ‘I only bought this girl a six-pack of Gerberas and a packet of salted peanuts, as you do.’
      • ‘A little boy finds a gigantic robot in his back yard - as you do - and has to keep it secret from his mother and the authorities.’
      • ‘He reasoned, as you do, that it was time to get hold of actual badgers - actual as in stuffed.’
      • ‘I went to Bowhill near Selkirk to have lunch with The Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, as you do.’
      • ‘But when they asked me what sort of day I had had at school I just said ‘Fine’, as you do.’

Origin

Middle English: reduced form of Old English alswā ‘similarly’ (see also).

Pronunciation

as

/əz//az/

Main definitions of as in English

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as2

noun

  • An ancient Roman copper coin.

    • ‘Meanwhile bronze asses dropped in weight from about 280g to about 60g.’
    • ‘The asses and denarii minted by C. Marcius Censorinus show him in profile as a bearded and diademed man.’

Origin

Latin, ‘a unit’.

Pronunciation

as

/as/

Main definitions of as in English

: as1as2As3AS4

As3

  • The chemical element arsenic.