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as1 /æz; unstressed əz/USA pronunciation
adv. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to the same degree or amount;
equally:It costs three times as much.
- for example:a number of spring flowers, as the tulip.
- thought or considered to be: the square as distinct from the rectangle.
- in the manner indicated: She sang as promised.
- to the same degree or extent that: I like to do as I please.
- in the degree or manner of;
in the same degree or manner that: Do as we do.
- at the same time that;
when: Pay as you enter.
because: As you are leaving last, lock the door.
- though:Strange as it seems, it is true.
- [so + adjective + ~ + to + verb] that the result or effect was: His voice was so loud as to make everyone stare.
- [the same + ~] that;
which: I have the same trouble as you had.
- a fact that: She spoke the truth, as can be proved.
- in the role, function, job, or status of:to act as leader.
- to the same degree or extent that:Quick as a flash he was out the door.
- by way of;
for (a reason):I bought you this toy as a special treat.
A.S., an abbreviation of:
Associate in Science.
- Idiomsas … as, [~ + adjective/adverb + ~] (used to express similarity or equality between one person or thing and another): She is as rich as Croesus (= She and Croesus are equally or similarly rich).
- Idiomsas far as, to the degree or extent that: It is an excellent plan, as far as I can tell.
- Idiomsas for or as to, with respect to;
concerning: As for staying away, I wouldn't think of it.
- Idiomsas good as:
- equivalent to: It now works as good as new.
- true to;
trustworthy as: He has always been as good as his word.
- Idiomsas if or as though, as it would be if:It was as if the world had come to an end.
- Idiomsas is, in whatever condition something is in when offered, esp. if damaged:You must buy the car as is.
- Idiomsas it were, in a way;
so to speak: He became, as it were, a man without a country.
- Idiomsas of, beginning on;
on and after;
from: This price is effective as of next Sunday.
- Idiomsas such:
- as being what is indicated;
in that capacity;
because of what someone or something is: An officer of the law, as such, is entitled to respect (= An officer of the law, because he or she is an officer of the law, is entitled to respect).
- in itself or in themselves: The job, as such, does not appeal to me. (= The job, being the kind of job it is, does not appeal to me.)
- Idiomsas yet, up to the present time:I don't, as yet, have a decent salary.
(az; unstressed əz),USA pronunciation adv.
- to the same degree, amount, or extent;
equally:I don't think it's as hot and humid today as it was yesterday.
- 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.
- as well. See well 1 (def. 11).
- as well as. See well 1 (def. 12).
- (used correlatively after an adjective or adverb prec. 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;
when:as you look away.
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.
- Dialect Terms, British Terms[Midland and Southern U.S. and Brit. Dial.]than.
- 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 or to, with respect to;
in reference to:As for staying away, I wouldn't think of it.
- as good as:
- equivalent to;
practically:as good as new.
- true to;
trustworthy as:as good as his word.
- Dialect Termsas how, [Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.]that;
whether:He allowed as how it was none of my business. I don't know as how I ought to interfere.
- as if or 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, esp. 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. See long1 (def. 39).
- 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 such:
- 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 yet, up to the present time;
until now:As yet, no one has thought of a solution.
- (used relatively) that;
which (usually prec. 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.
- Dialect Terms[New England, Midland, and Southern U.S.]who;
that:Them as has gets.
- in the role, function, or status of:to act as leader.
- bef. 1000; Middle English as, als, alse, also, Old English alswā, ealswā all so (see also), 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)
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See because.
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.See also all, because, farther, like, so1.
(as),USA pronunciation n., pl. as•ses
- Currencya copper coin and early monetary unit of ancient Rome, originally having a nominal weight of a pound of 12 ounces: discontinued c80 b.c.
- Weights and Measuresa unit of weight equal to 12 ounces.
As, [Symbol, Chem.]
- Place NamesAmerican Samoa (approved esp. for use with zip code).
- Language VarietiesAnglo-Saxon.
var. of ad- before s: assert.
- Chemistryarsenic (def. 1).
- Associate in Science.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
as /æz; (unstressed) əz/ conj (subordinating)
adv , conj
- (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
- since; seeing that
- in the same way that: he died of cancer, as his father had done
- 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
Etymology: Old English alswā likewise; see alsoUSAGE
- in the role of; being: as his friend, I am probably biased
- as for, as to ⇒ with reference to: as for my past, I'm not telling you anything
- as if, as though ⇒ as it would be if: he talked as if he knew all about it
- as is, as it is ⇒ in the existing state of affairs
- as was ⇒ in a previous state
See also note in entry like1
as /æs/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin ās unity, probably of Etruscan origin
- 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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