Main definitions of as in English

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Pronunciation: /az//əz/


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


  • 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’
    • ‘I was raised as a Catholic in Poland but as I grew older I started to question things.’
    • ‘Last night, as we drove back from the grocery store, the sky was a deep blue with pink-tinted edges.’
    • ‘The ice continued to melt, but as it did so, I continued to slip deeper into the unknown.’
    • ‘She watched him as he approached her.’
    • ‘I grabbed the keys to the store as I left.’
    • ‘They were showered in debris as the house collapsed and Amanda was separated from her party.’
    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’
    [as adverb] ‘she kissed him goodbye, as usual’
    • ‘Since the mother is ill, she may not be able to care for her baby as she would if she were well.’
    • ‘You may add more sugar to the recipe as you wish, but don't over-sweeten it.’
    • ‘She was the same as always, but her hair looked brighter and her eyes sparkled more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The direction deserves commendation, as do all the actors.’
    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. 2.1Used 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.’
      • ‘However, as I mentioned earlier, most people are totally unaware of the East Village Arts District.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The lady is not, as he said in his letter, ten years younger than he, but a little older.’
      • ‘Lee was a night-time security guard as I recall, not a cop.’
      which, a fact which, something which
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  • 3Because; since.

    ‘I must stop now as I have to go out’
    • ‘Athlone requested the game be played before Christmas instead of January 8 as students will be on holiday.’
    • ‘This is a hard letter to write, as I have to admit I was wrong, and I hate that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are concerns for her as she was ill before she vanished.’
    • ‘I miss him terribly as he was also a very good friend before any sort of romantic relationship developed.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Medicine Lodge, Kansas, small as it was, contained seven saloons for the comfort of local drinkers.’
    • ‘Caroline, tired as she was, obediently followed.’
    • ‘Try as she might, she can't keep her troubled family from fragmenting.’
    • ‘I still can't push that memory out of my mind, hard as I might try.’
    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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  • 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 cares for her deeply as a friend and perhaps as a future wife.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you treat an important section of the community as outcasts, they will hardly shine as patriots.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My parents were able to build their business upon the strong values they were taught as children.’
    • ‘Born in the Ukraine, he was brought to England as a baby and spent his childhood in Liverpool.’
    • ‘At high school and later as an employee of a steel company he dabbled as a self-taught artist in oil painting.’


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


  • 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.’
      • ‘Relief bonds issued on or after 1 March will bear an interest rate of eight per cent as against 8.5 per cent earlier.’
      • ‘Only 30 % of women said they backed the move, as against 39 % of men.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, there is reason to doubt whether we can play as well today as against the Yugoslavs.’
      • ‘Castro said globalisation benefits only 20 per cent of the world's people as against 80 per cent of others.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tuffey continued his good record in Tests in New Zealand, where he has taken 22 wickets at 25 as against 3 at 89 overseas.’
      • ‘The number of judges in the high court will now go up to 39, as against the 41 required.’
      • ‘Fourteen percent of the candidates had obtained university admission, as against 12,5 percent last year.’
      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’
      • ‘There is room for further expansion and development of the brewhouse to meet future demand as and when it arises.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Apply one technique, refine it as and when, then ultimately stick with it or ditch it.’
      • ‘Sometimes this preparatory stage is intensive. Sometimes it happens over a long period, as and when I feel like it.’
      • ‘So expect posts as and when, but I doubt there will be more than one or two a day for a while.’
      • ‘The first priority for the group will be to improve this communications system as and when that proves possible.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indeed, the study says that most journalists sent to cover crises are general reporters dispatched as and when events occur.’
  • as for

    • With regard to.

      ‘as for you, you'd better be quick’
      • ‘And as for the Ramblers' Association, if they spent some of the money on footpath signs it would be a help.’
      • ‘And as for your present, chocolate may be involved, but there's other stuff too!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And as for the Bonnie Prince, he died an alcoholic in Rome, his dreams turned to dust.’
      • ‘And as for the spread of STDs, would legalising prostitution really prevent it?’
      • ‘And as for the number of people you've never seen before, half a hand will do nicely.’
      • ‘And as for its military tradition, I assume we're going back in time a bit, maybe to the Vikings.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘I thought she held up pretty well, but as for me, my skills are badly deteriorating.’
      • ‘Also, as for rotation, there can be more than one roto-reflection axis.’
      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
      in re
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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’
      • ‘The number of cases at the moment is certainly declining as of this month, on the other hand we have had lulls before.’
      • ‘Benefits of the Scheme will only apply as from the date your contributions to the scheme becomes payable.’
      • ‘But, as of yesterday, the trust had only 3,000 members, and you have to be a member to invest.’
      • ‘Boarding schools will also have to pay to be inspected by the government's Care Commission as from next year.’
      • ‘After all this, I was told today that the form has changed as from this month to a new nationwide form.’
      • ‘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 train's called the Ghan and it runs from Adelaide through Alice and, as of today, on to Darwin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has a fiancée, Julie, and as of a fortnight ago, a son named Christian.’
      • ‘So in an effort to start people recycling rubbish, as from Friday, Bristol Bin men will take one wheelie bin full of trash only.’
  • as if (or though)

    • As would be the case if.

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

    • informal I very much doubt it.

      ‘You know how pools winners always say it won't change their lives? Yeah, as if!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You know how pools winners always say it won't change their lives? Yeah, right, 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.’
  • as (it) is

    • In the existing circumstances.

      ‘I've got enough on my plate as it is’
      • ‘Though I'm feeling quite queer as it is, so I don't invite you to dwell on it too long.’
      • ‘Rail staff have a hard enough job as it is, working under difficult circumstances.’
      • ‘They bought the house as is with the understanding that Mrs Callahan could have a day in the house alone, to select mementos.’
      • ‘I reckon it looks pretty choice as is, but its always fun to mix things up a bit.’
      • ‘It can help to shine a critical light on things that are wrong with the world as it is - which is plenty.’
      • ‘Because I'm angry at it now, proper shaking angry and this Blog entry is long enough as it is.’
      • ‘We live in a highly residential area and there is little enough parkland as it is.’
      • ‘You're cool enough as is!’
      • ‘Buying a house is out of the question for many of us who struggle as it is to just rent somewhere.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is clearly more powerful if you can identify a trend, because one rises above the individual dispute, as it were.’
      • ‘All it seems to do, though, is set out a number of procedural steps, as it were.’
      • ‘Instead of me trying to get inside Harry's head, as it were, he started getting inside mine.’
      • ‘Like racoons, they have found niches in urban areas, living in our trash, as it were.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was told what the terms were and he, as it were, gave his blessing.’
      so to speak, in a manner of speaking, in a way, in some way or other, to some extent, so to say
      sort of
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  • as long as

  • as much

    • The same.

      ‘I am sure she would do as much for me’
      • ‘Those of us who have to travel on the Northern line have suspected as much for years.’
      • ‘I hoped as much, thanks for confirming that.’
      • ‘I figured as much: I had a feeling this was the case.’
  • as per

    • In accordance with.

      ‘made as per instructions’
      • ‘The passengers escaped through windows, exactly as per the instructions given on every train.’
      • ‘I understand the machinery will be silent, as per university policy, during the exam period.’
      • ‘Cook the spaghetti in salted water as per the instructions on the packet.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, cook the noodles as per pack instructions, then drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid.’
      • ‘Two years ago, I bought a tree fern and potted it as per instructions.’
      • ‘The road was not widened in the last 15 days as per the police's comment in the report.’
      • ‘The centre may be notifying shortly the gold deposit scheme as per the Income Tax Act.’
      • ‘These treatments are as per the recommendations of the University of Agricultural Sciences.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, cook the pasta as per pack instructions in a large pan of boiling water.’
      • ‘I consulted a dermatologist and as per his advice applied steroid ointment.’
      as specified by, as per, in accordance with, in compliance with, in agreement with, in line with, in keeping with, commensurate with, in harmony with, in conformity with, in obedience to, true to, in fulfilment of, following, honouring, heeding, observing
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  • as such

    • [often with negative]In the exact sense of the word.

      ‘it is possible to stay overnight here although there is no guest house as such’
      • ‘Queens Drive is a clearway and as such is not to be used for parking, as defined in the highway code.’
      • ‘The club is a business and, as such, should stand on its own feet or fail as any other business would.’
      • ‘His speech is the herald of decolonisation and, as such, is a defining moment in history.’
      • ‘He further went on to say that he was going to organise Freeport as a model city and run it as such.’
      • ‘I am from England, of course, and, as such, consider rain to be part of my daily needs.’
      • ‘He added that the field they are in is pastureland and as such is specially cultivated grass.’
      • ‘They will not have a competitive race as such and only have to start and finish in a group.’
      • ‘Not that education or skills are signs of intelligence as such, but there is a correlation.’
      • ‘Otley is still a market town and, as such, should be drawing shoppers and other trade into it.’
      • ‘The club is a facility for all the youth in the area and as such all are welcome to drop in any night.’
      in itself, of itself, by itself, as such, intrinsically
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  • as to

    • With respect to; concerning.

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

    • 1In addition; too.

      ‘the museum provides hours of fun and a few surprises as well’
      • ‘The doctors took her into theatre to drain fluid off her lungs, and her kidneys are failing as well.’
      • ‘To continue in the competition, the bands to have to impress the judges and the audience as well.’
      • ‘The association meets on Saturdays but the new funding means it could open on Sundays as well.’
      • ‘I have phoned the council on numerous times and other people have made complaints as well.’
      • ‘Add a smoulder of darker shadow to the outer area of the eyelid and sweep a little below the lower lash line as well.’
      • ‘Not only did this come as a surprise to her, but the rest of the school as well.’
      • ‘These fish are not only amazingly well camouflaged but to me are surprisingly small as well.’
      • ‘Some of my boys and some of the girls as well threw me a little surprise party on Saturday.’
      • ‘We are at the bottom in West Yorkshire and nationally we are quite low as well.’
      • ‘Me and Eric walked into the living and I was surprised to see that my mum was here as well.’
      too, also, in addition, additionally, into the bargain, besides, furthermore, moreover, to boot
      together with, in addition to, along with, besides, plus, and, coupled with, with, over and above, on top of, over and beyond, not to mention, to say nothing of, let alone
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    • 2With equal reason or an equally good result.

      ‘I may as well have a look’
      • ‘It would simply involve creating such an abundance that the price of such goods may as well be zero.’
      • ‘At home I lie gasping and read the Arabian Nights, but I may as well read the day's news.’
      • ‘Lastly, if the site or journal is too obscure, I may as well go post on some random message board.’
      • ‘Which might seem reasonable to some, but from my point of view it may as well be taking place on Mars.’
      • ‘If it gives way on every issue that crops up, it may as well board up the Town Hall and let the vandals take over.’
      • ‘If the top golfers are saying they may as well all pack up their bags for the next ten years it's a tragedy and very sad.’
      • ‘Wallace's work is heroic, but he may as well be trying to empty the North Sea with a spoon.’
      • ‘That was only a decade and a bit ago, and yet it may as well have been a lifetime.’
      • ‘It's a sad song, sure, but it may as well be Celine Dion for all the personal meaning it has for me.’
      • ‘I got the form to apply for the temporary youth worker job and frankly it might as well be written in Dutch.’
      1. 2.1Sensible, appropriate, or desirable.
        ‘it would be as well to let him go’
        • ‘They realise that they may as well get a job sooner rather than wait another couple of years.’
        • ‘There'll be something else to panic about later, I might as well have a little tiny rest.’
        • ‘So you may as well get used to the idea of assuming some sort of online identity now.’
        • ‘If you're going to have tempura, you might as well have it in a proper Japanese restaurant.’
        • ‘All of which seems to say, if you're going to be 100, you may as well enjoy it while you can.’
        • ‘Thing is, you see, if you have to drive into town to lunch, you might just as well shop there.’
        • ‘If they are going to bother to print such an amazing fact, they may as well say why it is amazing.’
        • ‘We may as well take advantage of reduced traffic to tend to other aspects of our lives.’
        • ‘The idea was that nothing very much happened in the summer, so you may as well cut your losses and run.’
        • ‘It keeps in the freezer very well, so you may as well just buy it now if you plan to use it in any recipes.’
  • as yet

    • [usually with negative]Until now or a particular time in the past.

      ‘the damage is as yet undetermined’
      • ‘With a number of fixtures still to be played, whether this match will be replayed is as yet undecided.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They may be on the verge of an appointment but there's no sign of an announcement as yet.’
      • ‘Although there is still a long way to go, and it's a bit early to be thinking of that as yet.’
      • ‘Teachers must be allowed the joy of introducing children to areas of study as yet unknown to them.’
      • ‘Britain, for some as yet unexplained reason, chose not to avail itself of this option.’
      • ‘Officers are currently investigating the complaint and as yet no charges have been filed.’
      • ‘Several proposals have been considered, but as yet no feasible plans are in place.’
      • ‘He has as yet had no response from the government or other political parties.’
      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.’
      • ‘I was idly wondering, you know - as you do, what is the world's largest pickle?’
      • ‘On the plane the other day I found myself - as you do - examining in detail the people around me.’
      • ‘But when they asked me what sort of day I had had at school I just said ‘Fine’, 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.’
      • ‘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.’


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




Main definitions of as in English

: as1as2



  • 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.’


Latin, a unit.




Main definitions of as in English

: as1as2


  • The chemical element arsenic.

Main definitions of as in English

: as1as2


  • Anglo-Saxon.