abbreviation

  • 1American Samoa.

  • 2Anglo-Saxon.

  • 3Asperger's syndrome.

  • 4Associate in Science.

  • 5Assam.

Main definitions of as in US English:

: as1as2As3AS4

as1

adverb

usually as — as
  • 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’
    ‘hailstones as big as tennis balls’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They know the company as well as I do.’
    • ‘He's not as big as you think he is.’
    • ‘I'm not nearly as good as she is, but I'm still learning.’
    • ‘Most mums-to-be want to look just as nice as they did before they became pregnant.’
    • ‘The other guy was all muscle, and he was strong, but not as fast.’
    • ‘Paris has been almost as hot as Mecca this week.’
    1. 1.1 Used 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Your fish will survive in as little as 18 inches of water as long as it does not freeze solid.’
      • ‘Now the chimp is an endangered species, with as few as 150,000 chimps left in the wild.’

conjunction

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

    ‘Frank watched him as he ambled through the crowd’
    ‘as she grew older, she kept more to herself’
    • ‘They were showered in debris as the house collapsed and Amanda was separated from her party.’
    • ‘She watched him as he approached her.’
    • ‘I grabbed the keys to the store as I left.’
    • ‘Last night, as we drove back from the grocery store, the sky was a deep blue with pink-tinted edges.’
    • ‘I was raised as a Catholic in Poland but as I grew older I started to question things.’
    • ‘The ice continued to melt, but as it did so, I continued to slip deeper into the unknown.’
    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’
    ‘dress as you would if you were having guests’
    ‘as in the past, a collection is to be taken’
    • ‘The direction deserves commendation, as do all the actors.’
    • ‘The bout was, as was the case back then, a slow-paced fight compared to the fights of today.’
    • ‘She was the same as always, but her hair looked brighter and her eyes sparkled more.’
    • ‘Thank you Mrs Peck, as usual you have been very helpful.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      ‘he has, as you know, called for a referendum’
      • ‘I'm used to all kinds of hard work, as you know, and I'm not afraid.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've got a business to run, as you can see.’
      which, a fact which, something which
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  • 3Because; since.

    ‘I must stop now as I have to go out’
    • ‘Children's charities would like more help distributed through child benefit, as it is paid to all children through their mother.’
    • ‘Athlone requested the game be played before Christmas instead of January 8 as students will be on holiday.’
    • ‘I look forward to more of their efforts, as they seem to be a young company with an interesting slate of artistic foreign films.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a hard letter to write, as I have to admit I was wrong, and I hate that.’
    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.’
    • ‘Try as she might, she can't keep her troubled family from fragmenting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Caroline, tired as she was, obediently followed.’
    • ‘I still can't push that memory out of my mind, hard as I might try.’
    • ‘But, good as he is, he was not the only reason to enjoy the film.’
    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’
    ‘he got a job as a cook’
    ‘they were treated as foreigners’
    ‘as a dairy producer, you should evaluate and analyze your farm from many viewpoints’
    • ‘He worked as a business teacher in the local high school.’
    • ‘He cares for her deeply as a friend and perhaps as a future wife.’
    • ‘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 sick as a child’
    ‘as a student, my nickname was Space’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Subsequently I visited this country as an adult, but for a short period of time.’

Usage

A small, seemingly innocent word, as is so frequently misused (or not used where needed) that interested writers are advised to consult a full-length usage guide for counsel on its proper use. As is often used in causal senses in place of because or since (As Julie wasn't hungry, she ordered only a cup of coffee); in such constructions, where as may cause confusion, it is generally advisable to use the unambiguous because, or since. On whether it is more 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 her, see personal pronoun. On whether it is more 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 her, see personal pronoun. For a discussion of when to use as rather than like, see like

Phrases

  • 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.’
      • ‘We have issued strict instructions to the area engineers to fill potholes as and when they are appear.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sometimes this preparatory stage is intensive. Sometimes it happens over a long period, as and when I feel like it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Receptionists at taxi firms will be issued with forms so they can log them as and when they are reported by drivers.’
  • 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 the number of people you've never seen before, half a hand will do nicely.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And as for the Bonnie Prince, he died an alcoholic in Rome, his dreams turned to dust.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘But, as of yesterday, the trust had only 3,000 members, and you have to be a member to invest.’
      • ‘The train's called the Ghan and it runs from Adelaide through Alice and, as of today, on to Darwin.’
      • ‘The number of cases at the moment is certainly declining as of this month, on the other hand we have had lulls before.’
      • ‘He has a fiancée, Julie, and as of a fortnight ago, a son named Christian.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After all this, I was told today that the form has changed as from this month to a new nationwide form.’
      • ‘Boarding schools will also have to pay to be inspected by the government's Care Commission as from next year.’
      • ‘Benefits of the Scheme will only apply as from the date your contributions to the scheme becomes payable.’
      • ‘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 weren't there’
      • ‘My father talked a lot about his own father before he died, as though he'd never got over it.’
      • ‘The men around her laughed and acted as though it was the cleverest thing they had seen.’
      • ‘She had known Sara only a day or two and yet she acted as if Blaze were her best friend.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The table was set out nicely and all seemed as though it would be a lovely lunch.’
      • ‘It's almost as though some people only feel they have an identity when they are at work.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was all he could do to act as though he had never read either of her letters.’
  • as if!

    • informal I very much doubt it.

      ‘You know how lottery winners always say it won't change their lives? Yeah, as if!’
      • ‘You can tell she's wanting everyone to tell her how brilliant she was. As if.’
      • ‘And wait I did, my Standard open at The horoscopes (Predictions for New Year! Your Stars, That Break, and You! - 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.’
      • ‘You know how pools winners always say it won't change their lives? Yeah, right, 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.’
  • as (it) is

    • In the existing circumstances.

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

    • In a way (used to be less precise)

      ‘areas that have been, as it were, pushed aside’
      • ‘All it seems to do, though, is set out a number of procedural steps, as it were.’
      • ‘Like racoons, they have found niches in urban areas, living in our trash, as it were.’
      • ‘It is clearly more powerful if you can identify a trend, because one rises above the individual dispute, as it were.’
      • ‘Instead of me trying to get inside Harry's head, as it were, he started getting inside mine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This book, not scholarly by any manner of means, takes us on a cultural excursion, as it were.’
      • ‘He was told what the terms were and he, as it were, gave his blessing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also in Eire, there's a scheme for paying a living wage to artists once they have proved themselves, as it were.’
      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’
      • ‘They have been advising us as to how we should behave to avoid the situation getting worse.’
      • ‘So now I'm back home and a bit confused as to whether my visit was effective or not.’
      • ‘Now drivers have been left confused as to whether they can still park in the bay.’
      • ‘I've been arguing with my husband as to what would be the best plant for this position.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Police are mystified as to how the thief managed to open the vehicle without using force.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Postwatch will also listen to local concerns as to why the offices should not close.’
      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 yet

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

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

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

      ‘as of January 1, a free market will be created’
      ‘I'm on unemployment as of today’
      • ‘He has a fiancée, Julie, and as of a fortnight ago, a son named Christian.’
      • ‘After all this, I was told today that the form has changed as from this month to a new nationwide form.’
      • ‘Boarding schools will also have to pay to be inspected by the government's Care Commission as from next year.’
      • ‘The number of cases at the moment is certainly declining as of this month, on the other hand we have had lulls before.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, as of yesterday, the trust had only 3,000 members, and you have to be a member to invest.’
      • ‘Benefits of the Scheme will only apply as from the date your contributions to the scheme becomes payable.’
      • ‘So in an effort to start people recycling rubbish, as from Friday, Bristol Bin men will take one wheelie bin full of trash only.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Main definitions of as in US English:

: as1as2As3AS4

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//æs/

Main definitions of as in US English:

: as1as2As3AS4

As3

  • The chemical element arsenic.