Definition of as

Pronunciation: ăz
adv. & con1.Denoting equality or likeness in kind, degree, or manner; like; similar to; in the same manner with or in which; in accordance with; in proportion to; to the extent or degree in which or to which; equally; no less than; as, ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil; you will reap as you sow; do as you are bidden.
His spiritual attendants adjured him, as he loved his soul, to emancipate his brethren.
- Macaulay.
2.In the idea, character, or condition of, - limiting the view to certain attributes or relations; as, virtue considered as virtue; this actor will appear as Hamlet.
The beggar is greater as a man, than is the man merely as a king.
- Dewey.
3.While; during or at the same time that; when; as, he trembled as he spoke.
As I return I will fetch off these justices.
- Shak.
4.Because; since; it being the case that.
As the population of Scotland had been generally trained to arms . . . they were not indifferently prepared.
- Sir W. Scott.
5.Expressing concession. (Often approaching though in meaning).
We wish, however, to avail ourselves of the interest, transient as it may be, which this work has excited.
- Macaulay.
6.That, introducing or expressing a result or consequence, after the correlatives so and such.
I can place thee in such abject state, as help shall never find thee.
- Rowe.
So as
so that.
The relations are so uncertain as they require a great deal of examination.
- Bacon.
7.As if; as though.
He lies, as he his bliss did know.
- Waller.
8.For instance; by way of example; thus; - used to introduce illustrative phrases, sentences, or citations.
The king was not more forward to bestow favors on them as they free to deal affronts to others their superiors.
- Fuller.
10.Expressing a wish.
As . . as
See So . . as, under So.
As far as
to the extent or degree.
As far forth as
as far as.
- Macaulay.
As for
in regard to; with respect to.
- Chaucer.
As good as
not less than; not falling short of.
As good as one's word
faithful to a promise.
As if
of the same kind, or in the same condition or manner, that it would be if.
As it were
a qualifying phrase used to apologize for or to relieve some expression which might be regarded as inappropriate or incongruous; in a manner.
As now
just now.
As swythe
as quickly as possible.
- Chaucer.
As well
also; too; besides.
- Chaucer.
As well as
equally with, no less than.
- Addison.
As yet
until now; up to or at the present time; still; now.
- Job xii. 3.
n.1.An ace.
double aces.
1.(Chem.) the chemical symbol for arsenic.
1.A Roman weight, answering to the libra or pound, equal to nearly eleven ounces Troy weight. It was divided into twelve ounces.
2.A Roman copper coin, originally of a pound weight (12 oz.); but reduced, after the first Punic war, to two ounces; in the second Punic war, to one ounce; and afterwards to half an ounce.

Related Words

ad eundem, after this fashion, along these lines, as an example, as an instance, as long as, as things go, as well, at what price, because, being, being as how, by what mode, by what name, cause, ceteris paribus, considering, correspondingly, equally, equivalently, evenly, exempli gratia, for, for example, for instance, forasmuch as, how, identically, in such wise, in that, in this way, in what way, inasmuch as, indifferently, insofar as, insomuch as, like, now, parce que, proportionately, seeing as how, seeing that, since, so, thus, thus and so, to illustrate, whereas, without distinction


As . . as
As a rule
As broad as long
As far as
As far forth as
As ferforth as
As for
As good as
As good as one's word
As if
As it were
As mad as a March Hare
As merry as a grig
As now
As respects
As soon as
As sound as a roach
As swythe
As the crow flies
As things run
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