for example; for instance: Some flowers, as the rose, require special care.
thought to be or considered to be: the square as distinct from the rectangle; the church as separate from the state.
in the manner (directed, agreed, promised, etc.): She sang as promised. He left as agreed.
(used correlatively after an adjective or adverb preceded by an adverbial phrase, the adverbial as, or another adverb) to such a degree or extent that: It came out the same way as it did before. You are as good as you think you are.
(without antecedent) in the degree, manner, etc., of or that: She's good as gold. Do as we do.
at the same time that; while; when: as you look away.
since; because: As you are leaving last, please turn out the lights.
though: Questionable as it may be, we will proceed.
with the result or purpose: He said it in a voice so loud as to make everyone stare.
Informal. (in dependent clauses) that: I don't know as I do.
Midland and Southern U.S. and British Dialect. than.
(used relatively) that; who; which (usually preceded by such or the same): I have the same trouble as you had.
a fact that: She did her job well, as can be proved by the records.
New England, Midland, and Southern U.S. who; whom; which; that: Them as has gets.
in the role, function, or status of: to act as leader.
Idioms about as
as … as, (used to express similarity or equality in a specified characteristic, condition, etc., as between one person or thing and another): as rich as Croesus.
as far as, to the degree or extent that: It is an excellent piece of work, as far as I can tell.
as for / to, with respect to; in reference to: As for staying away, I wouldn't think of it.
as good as,
equivalent to; in effect; practically: as good as new.
true to; trustworthy as: as good as his word.
as how, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. that; if; whether: He allowed as how it was none of my business. I don't know as how I ought to interfere.
as if / though, as it would be if: It was as if the world had come to an end.
as is, in whatever condition something happens to be, especially referring to something offered for sale in a flawed, damaged, or used condition: We bought the table as is.
as it were, in a way; so to speak: He became, as it were, a man without a country.
as long as. long1 (def. 37).
as of, beginning on; on and after; from: This price is effective as of June 23.
as regards, with regard or reference to; concerning: As regards the expense involved, it is of no concern to him.
as being what is indicated; in that capacity: An officer of the law, as such, is entitled to respect.
in itself or in themselves: The position, as such, does not appeal to him, but the salary is a lure.
as well. well1 (def. 18).
as well as. well1 (def. 19).
as yet, up to the present time; until now: As yet, no one has thought of a solution.
As … as is standard in both positive and negative constructions: The fleet was as widely scattered then as it had been at the start of the conflict. Foreign service is not as attractive as it once was. So … as is sometimes used in negative constructions (… not so attractive as it once was ) and in questions ( “What is so rare as a day in June?” ).
The phrase as far as generally introduces a clause: As far as money is concerned, the council has exhausted all its resources. In some informal speech and writing, as far as is treated as a preposition and followed only by an object: As far as money, the council has exhausted all its resources.
As to as a compound preposition has long been standard though occasionally criticized as a vague substitute for about, of, on, or concerning: We were undecided as to our destination. As to sometimes occurs at the beginning of a sentence, where it introduces an element that would otherwise have less emphasis: As to his salary, that too will be reviewed. As to what and as to whether are sometimes considered redundant but have long been standard: an argument as to what department was responsible. See also all, farther, like1, so1.
Other definitions for as (2 of 8)
a copper coin and early monetary unit of ancient Rome, originally having a nominal weight of a pound of 12 ounces: discontinued c80 b.c.
a unit of weight equal to 12 ounces.
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How to use as in a sentence
It was formerly spelled s-v-a-s-t-i-c-a and s-u-a-s-t-i-k-a, but the later spelling, both English and French, is s-w-a-s-t-i-k-a.The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
as if anything can be 100% perfect—though A. S. comes awfully near it!Astounding Stories, July, 1931 | Various
"T-a-s-t-e and s-e-e," cried the man who had fallen down, hiccuping.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3) | James Athearn Jones
Den I jes put her down e-a-s-y on de hath-rug, fo de fire, en kiver her up wid a shawl.Old Times in Dixie Land | Caroline E. Merrick
The first which they offer, and that most usually accepted as the true one, is the A.-S.
British Dictionary definitions for as (1 of 5)
(often preceded by just) while; when; at the time that: he caught me as I was leaving
in the way that: dancing as only she can
that which; what: I did as I was told
(of) which fact, event, etc (referring to the previous statement): to become wise, as we all know, is not easy
as it were in a way; so to speak; as if it were really so
as you were
a military command to withdraw an order, return to the previous position, etc
a statement to withdraw something just said
since; seeing that: as you're in charge here, you'd better tell me where to wait
in the same way that: he died of cancer, as his father had done
in spite of the extent to which: intelligent as you are, I suspect you will fail
for instance: capital cities, as London
used correlatively before an adjective or adverb and before a noun phrase or a clause to indicate identity of extent, amount, etc: she is as heavy as her sister; she is as heavy now as she used to be
used with this sense after a noun phrase introduced by the same: she is the same height as her sister
in the role of; being: as his friend, I am probably biased
as for or as to with reference to: as for my past, I'm not telling you anything
as from or as of formal (in expressions of time) from: fares on all routes will rise as from January 11
as if or as though as it would be if: he talked as if he knew all about it
as is or as it is in the existing state of affairs: as it is, I shall have difficulty finishing all this work, without any more
as per See per (def. 3)
as regards See regard (def. 6)
as such See such (def. 3)
such as See such (def. 5)
as was in a previous state
as well See well 1 (def. 13)
as yet up to now; so far: I have received no compensation as yet
British Dictionary definitions for as (2 of 5)
an ancient Roman unit of weight approximately equal to 1 pound troy (373 grams)
the standard monetary unit and copper coin of ancient Rome
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Also: A.S. Anglo-Saxon
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Scientific definitions for As
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