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[ az; unstressed uhz ]


  1. to the same degree, amount, or extent; similarly; equally:

    I don't think it's as hot and humid today as it was yesterday.

  2. for example; for instance:

    Some flowers, as the rose, require special care.

  3. thought to be or considered to be:

    the square as distinct from the rectangle; the church as separate from the state.

  4. in the manner (directed, agreed, promised, etc.):

    She sang as promised. He left as agreed.


  1. (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.

  2. (without antecedent) in the degree, manner, etc., of or that:

    She's good as gold. Do as we do.

  3. at the same time that; while; when:

    as you look away.

  4. since; because:

    As you are leaving last, please turn out the lights.

  5. though:

    Questionable as it may be, we will proceed.

  6. with the result or purpose:

    He said it in a voice so loud as to make everyone stare.

  7. Informal. (in dependent clauses) that:

    I don't know as I do.

  8. Midland and Southern U.S. and British Dialect. than.


  1. (used relatively) that; who; which (usually preceded by such or the same ):

    I have the same trouble as you had.

  2. a fact that:

    She did her job well, as can be proved by the records.

  3. New England, Midland, and Southern U.S. who; whom; which; that:

    Them as has gets.


  1. in the role, function, or status of:

    to act as leader.



[ as ]


, plural as·ses [as, -iz].
  1. 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.
  2. a unit of weight equal to 12 ounces.


Symbol, Chemistry.



abbreviation for

  1. American Samoa (approved especially for use with zip code).


  1. variant of ad- before s: assert.



abbreviation for

  1. Anglo-Saxon.



abbreviation for

  1. Anglo-Saxon.



the internet domain name for

  1. American Samoa



/ əz; æz /


  1. often preceded by just while; when; at the time that

    he caught me as I was leaving

  2. in the way that

    dancing as only she can

  3. that which; what

    I did as I was told

  4. (of) which fact, event, etc (referring to the previous statement)

    to become wise, as we all know, is not easy

  5. as it were
    in a way; so to speak; as if it were really so
  6. as you were
    1. a military command to withdraw an order, return to the previous position, etc
    2. a statement to withdraw something just said
  7. since; seeing that

    as you're in charge here, you'd better tell me where to wait

  8. in the same way that

    he died of cancer, as his father had done

  9. in spite of the extent to which

    intelligent as you are, I suspect you will fail

  10. for instance

    capital cities, as London


    1. 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 now as she used to be

      she is as heavy as her sister

    2. used with this sense after a noun phrase introduced by the same

      she is the same height as her sister


  1. in the role of; being

    as his friend, I am probably biased

  2. as for or as to
    with reference to

    as for my past, I'm not telling you anything

  3. as from or as of formal.
    (in expressions of time) from

    fares on all routes will rise as from January 11

  4. as if or as though
    as it would be if

    he talked as if he knew all about it

  5. 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

  6. as per
    See per
  7. as regards
    See regard
  8. as such
    See such
  9. such as
    See such
  10. as was
    in a previous state
  11. as well
    See well 1
  12. as yet
    up to now; so far

    I have received no compensation as yet



symbol for

  1. chem arsenic
  2. altostratus



abbreviation for

  1. AlsoA.S. Anglo-Saxon
  2. antisubmarine
  3. Australian Standards



/ æs /


  1. an ancient Roman unit of weight approximately equal to 1 pound troy (373 grams)
  2. the standard monetary unit and copper coin of ancient Rome
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Usage Note

As a conjunction, one sense of as is “because”: As she was bored, Sue left the room. As also has an equally common use in the sense “while, when”: As the parade passed by, the crowd cheered and applauded. These two senses sometimes result in ambiguity: As the gates were closed, he walked away. (When? Because?) 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. all, farther, like 1, so 1.
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Word History and Origins

Origin of as1

First recorded before 1000; Middle English as, als, alse, also, Old English alswā, ealswā “all so, quite so, quite as, as”; cognate with Middle Dutch alse ( Dutch als ), Old High German alsō ( Middle High German álsō, álse, als, German also “so,” als “as, as if, because”); also

Origin of as2

First recorded 1540–50; from Latin as (also assis ); further origin unknown
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Word History and Origins

Origin of as1

Old English alswā likewise; see also

Origin of as2

C17: from Latin ās unity, probably of Etruscan origin
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. 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.

  2. as far as, to the degree or extent that:

    It is an excellent piece of work, as far as I can tell.

  3. as good as,
    1. equivalent to; in effect; practically:

      as good as new.

    2. true to; trustworthy as:

      as good as his word.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. as it were, in a way; so to speak:

    He became, as it were, a man without a country.

  7. as of, beginning on; on and after; from:

    This price is effective as of June 23.

  8. as regards, with regard or reference to; concerning:

    As regards the expense involved, it is of no concern to him.

  9. as such,
    1. as being what is indicated; in that capacity:

      An officer of the law, as such, is entitled to respect.

    2. in itself or in themselves:

      The position, as such, does not appeal to him, but the salary is a lure.

  10. as yet, up to the present time; until now:

    As yet, no one has thought of a solution.

  11. as for / to, with respect to; in reference to:

    As for staying away, I wouldn't think of it.

  12. as if / though, as it would be if:

    It was as if the world had come to an end.

  13. as long as. long 1( def 37 ).
  14. as well as. well 1( def 19 ).
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Example Sentences

Over the years, Crawford has been largely silent, speaking out only for an as-told-to obituary to Houston published in Esquire.

More low hanging fruit: the $37 Russ-as-Che-Guevara t-shirts available on his website.

AS-SALAAMU ALAIKUM,” this one read, translating to, “Peace be unto you.

Simmons has perfected what you might call the exposé-as-apologia.

Really Big Coloring Books provided the Beast with images of a couple of the as-yet unreleased supplements.

They got all kinds of tony things–tomatoes and cucumbers and as-paragrass, and them little toadstool things.

The "Pay-as-You-Go" system has reflected favorably on the state's financial reputation.

He was crotchetty and impracticable, a man of rash judgment and hasty action-as brave and as tenacious as a bulldog.

Ang mag-una mauy mupikat sa mga tag-as sagbut, The one in front has to push the tall grass to the sides.

He dodged wearily and repeated his incredible remark: "Ya-as, there is—wimmen—two female ladies onto them there mules."


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