Main definitions of as in English

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

    ‘hailstones as big as tennis balls’
    ‘go as fast as you can’
    ‘it tasted like grape juice but not as sweet’
    • ‘A microprocessor, as small as a postage stamp, performs thousands of calculations per second based on readings from the sensor.’
    • ‘He's not as big as you think he is.’
    • ‘They know the company as well as I do.’
    • ‘I'm not nearly as good as she is, but I'm still learning.’
    • ‘It's best to plant bulbs as soon as possible after bringing them home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The other guy was all muscle, and he was strong, but not as fast.’
    1. 1.1Used to emphasize an amount.
      ‘as many as twenty-two rare species may be at risk’
      • ‘Your fish will survive in as little as 18 inches of water as long as it does not freeze solid.’
      • ‘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.’


  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last night, as we drove back from the grocery store, the sky was a deep blue with pink-tinted edges.’
    • ‘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.

    ‘dress as you would if you were having guests’
    ‘they can do as they wish’
    [as adverb] ‘she kissed him goodbye, as usual’
    ‘as in the past, a collection is to be taken’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was the same as always, but her hair looked brighter and her eyes sparkled more.’
    • ‘The direction deserves commendation, as do all the actors.’
    • ‘Since the mother is ill, she may not be able to care for her baby as she would if she were well.’
    • ‘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. 2.1Used 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘I look forward to more of their efforts, as they seem to be a young company with an interesting slate of artistic foreign films.’
    • ‘Athlone requested the game be played before Christmas instead of January 8 as students will be on holiday.’
    • ‘I miss him terribly as he was also a very good friend before any sort of romantic relationship developed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘Caroline, tired as she was, obediently followed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Try as she might, she can't keep her troubled family from fragmenting.’
    • ‘Medicine Lodge, Kansas, small as it was, contained seven saloons for the comfort of local drinkers.’
    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.

    ‘he got a job as a cook’
    ‘they were treated as foreigners’
    ‘it came as a shock’
    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 sick as a child’
    ‘as a student, my nickname was Space’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is definitely the weirdest dinner I've ever had as a student.’
    • ‘Subsequently I visited this country as an adult, but for a short period of time.’
    • ‘My parents were able to build their business upon the strong values they were taught as children.’


1 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. 2 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. 3 For a discussion of when to use as rather than like, see like


  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So expect posts as and when, but I doubt there will be more than one or two a day for a while.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indeed, the study says that most journalists sent to cover crises are general reporters dispatched as and when events occur.’
      • ‘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 the Bonnie Prince, he died an alcoholic in Rome, his dreams turned to dust.’
      • ‘And as for the number of people you've never seen before, half a hand will do nicely.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I thought she held up pretty well, but as for me, my skills are badly deteriorating.’
      • ‘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 Ramblers' Association, if they spent some of the money on footpath signs it would be a help.’
      • ‘Also, as for rotation, there can be more than one roto-reflection axis.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘And as for its military tradition, I assume we're going back in time a bit, maybe to the Vikings.’
      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 if (or as though)

    • As would be the case if.

      ‘she behaved as if he weren't there’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have told me to act as if their house is mine and they are all looking after me well.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The men around her laughed and acted as though it was the cleverest thing they had seen.’
      • ‘Football is now a business, but players are expected to act as if it was still a sport.’
      • ‘My father talked a lot about his own father before he died, as though he'd never got over it.’
      • ‘Most of the details are a blur now but he motioned with the gun, as though he wanted us all outside.’
      • ‘So she got out of her car and went about her errands as though nothing untoward was happening.’
  • as if!

    • informal I very much doubt it.

      ‘You know how lottery 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.’
      • ‘Clueless, however, with its mall culture (buy something; buying makes happy), and its witty dialogue (‘as if!’), doesn't support the heritage industry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And wait I did, my Standard open at The horoscopes (Predictions for New Year! Your Stars, That Break, and You! - as if).’
  • 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You're cool enough as 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.’
      • ‘I reckon it looks pretty choice as is, but its always fun to mix things up a bit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because I'm angry at it now, proper shaking angry and this Blog entry is long enough as it is.’
  • as it were

    • In a way (used to be less precise)

      ‘areas that 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also in Eire, there's a scheme for paying a living wage to artists once they have proved themselves, as it were.’
      • ‘Like racoons, they have found niches in urban areas, living in our trash, as it were.’
      • ‘I was feeling truly at odds with the world, in it, but not of it, as it were.’
      • ‘Instead of me trying to get inside Harry's head, as it were, he started getting inside mine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘I figured as much: I had a feeling this was the case.’
      • ‘I hoped as much, thanks for confirming that.’
      • ‘Those of us who have to travel on the Northern line have suspected as much for years.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Boarding schools will also have to pay to be inspected by the government's Care Commission as from next year.’
      • ‘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.’
  • as per

  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Otley is still a market town and, as such, should be drawing shoppers and other trade into it.’
      • ‘He further went on to say that he was going to organise Freeport as a model city and run it as such.’
      • ‘The club is a facility for all the youth in the area and as such all are welcome to drop in any night.’
      • ‘Queens Drive is a clearway and as such is not to be used for parking, as defined in the highway code.’
      in itself, of itself, by itself, as such, intrinsically
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  • as though

  • 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.’
      • ‘Postwatch will also listen to local concerns as to why the offices should not close.’
      • ‘I've been arguing with my husband as to what would be the best plant for this position.’
      • ‘I have only one spare bed, so had to make a tricky decision as to who had to sleep on the floor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We had different views as to how a political interviewer should go about his job.’
      • ‘They have been advising us as to how we should behave to avoid the situation getting worse.’
      • ‘If in doubt ask for written confirmation as to what you can expect for your money.’
      • ‘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
      in re
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  • as well

    • 1In addition; too.

      ‘the museum provides hours of fun and a few surprises as well’
      • ‘Me and Eric walked into the living and I was surprised to see that my mum was here as well.’
      • ‘To continue in the competition, the bands to have to impress the judges and the audience 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.’
      • ‘The doctors took her into theatre to drain fluid off her lungs, and her kidneys are failing 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.’
      • ‘The association meets on Saturdays but the new funding means it could open on Sundays 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.’
      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’
      • ‘That was only a decade and a bit ago, and yet it may as well have been a lifetime.’
      • ‘At home I lie gasping and read the Arabian Nights, but I may as well read the day's news.’
      • ‘It's a sad song, sure, but it may as well be Celine Dion for all the personal meaning it has for me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Wallace's work is heroic, but he may as well be trying to empty the North Sea with a spoon.’
      • ‘Which might seem reasonable to some, but from my point of view it may as well be taking place on Mars.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lastly, if the site or journal is too obscure, I may as well go post on some random message board.’
      • ‘It would simply involve creating such an abundance that the price of such goods may as well be zero.’
      • ‘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’
        • ‘If they are going to bother to print such an amazing fact, they may as well say why it is amazing.’
        • ‘So you may as well get used to the idea of assuming some sort of online identity now.’
        • ‘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 you're going to have tempura, you might as well have it in a proper Japanese restaurant.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘They realise that they may as well get a job sooner rather than wait another couple of years.’
        • ‘We may as well take advantage of reduced traffic to tend to other aspects of our lives.’
        • ‘There'll be something else to panic about later, I might as well have a little tiny rest.’
  • as yet

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

      ‘the damage is as yet undetermined’
      • ‘They may be on the verge of an appointment but there's no sign of an announcement as yet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is little sign as yet of the opposition movement forcing the US to alter its policies.’
      • ‘Officers are currently investigating the complaint and as yet no charges have been filed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Britain, for some as yet unexplained reason, chose not to avail itself of this option.’
      • ‘Several proposals have been considered, but as yet no feasible plans are in place.’
      • ‘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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Middle English: reduced form of Old English alswā similarly (see also).

Main definitions of as in English

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  • An ancient Roman copper coin.

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


Latin, literally a unit.

Main definitions of as in English

: as1as2


  • 1American Samoa.

  • 2Anglo-Saxon.

  • 3Asperger's syndrome.

  • 4Associate in Science.

Main definitions of as in English

: as1as2


  • The chemical element arsenic.