Meaning of AS in English

I. əz, (ˈ)az adverb

Etymology: Middle English as, alse, alswa, adverb & conjunction, from Old English alswā, ealswā, ælswā just as, likewise — more at also

1. : to the same degree or amount : to such an extent : equally — used to modify an adjective or an adverb

I haven't found any new poems as good as my old favorites — Randall Jarrell

neither of them wrote as well after the experience as before it — Van Wyck Brooks

nowhere else in the world is there a people as intelligent or perceptive of humor — F.P.Adams

2. : for instance : by way of example : thus — usually used to introduce illustrative details

high-pitched sounds come to suggest spatial height, as in bird songs — Thomas Munro

II. conjunction

Etymology: Medieval Latin as, alse, alswa

1. : to which (degree or amount) : in which (degree or extent) : in or to the same degree in which — usually used as a correlative after an adjective or adverb modified by adverbial as or so and often followed by a noun or pronoun representing an incomplete clause whose verb would be the same as that of the main clause

the position of this science is as honorable as it is secure — L.A.White

no general presentation … can interest the children as much as the learning of the foreign language — Ruth Mays

his dull red hair was snow-powdered nearly as white as that of a British grenadier

2. : in the same way or manner that : in the form or condition in which

his hair is brown as are his eyes

studied the simile as Horner used it

— sometimes followed by a noun or pronoun representing an incomplete clause whose verb would be the same as that of the main clause

during his stay on the island he lived as an islander

3. : according to what : in accordance with that which or the way in which

as he said, the stream was full of trout

his criticisms, as I remember, were coldly received

he is really quite good as boys go

4. : as if

were saying farewell to each other as to their childhood — Edith Sitwell

this mechanical thought is crushing as with an iron roller all that is organic — W.B.Yeats

5. : during or at the same time that : while , when

promptly opened fire again as he turned away — C.S.Forester

as he paced back and forth the idea occurred to him

you will see the tower as you cross the bridge

6. : notwithstanding the degree to which : though

some see in him, Gael as he was, the earliest Protestant — Gilbert Highet

7. : in a manner or degree befitting or having equal certainty with the fact, belief, or hope that

this swears he, as he is a prince, is just and as I am a gentleman, I credit him — Shakespeare

as I live, I cannot believe it

8. : for the reason that : because , since

remained in great loneliness and considerable privation as he had no income — W.L.Sullivan

9. dialect : than — used in comparisons

he better not be later as midnight — T.B.Costain


a. : that the result is : that — used with preceding so or such

so clearly guilty as to leave no doubt of his conviction

and such a son as all men hailed me happy — John Milton

b. : that — used to introduce a noun clause and now dialect except in certain negative expressions with know, say, or see that have wide usage in informal speech

he said as he would come

I don't know as it makes any difference

c. dialect : in so far as : that — used to introduce an adverbial clause

he hasn't come out again as I've seen

- as is

- as it were

- as new

- as you were

III. pronoun


a. : that , who , which — used to introduce an adjectival clause and having same or such as antecedent

their children should grow up in the same intellectual culture as they have enjoyed — G.B.Jeffery

tears such as angels weep burst forth — John Milton

b. now dialect : that , who , which — used to introduce an adjectival clause and having a noun or pronoun as antecedent

a lot of things happened … as never ought to — Richard Llewellyn

was going to tell the gospel to them as had ears — R.P.Warren

2. : a fact that : that

he is a foreigner, as is evident from his accent

I have used thee, filth as thou art, with humane care — Shakespeare

IV. preposition

Etymology: as (I)

1. : after the manner of : the same as : like

had seen strong men become as weaklings when they were faced with … being shipwrecked — H.A.Chippendale

his face was as a mask of gauze through which nothing was quite clearly visible — Max Beerbohm


a. : in the character, role, function, capacity, condition, or sense of

more interested in … attitudes as attitudes than he is in their definition and embodiment in aesthetic forms — Mark Schorer

eager for power as power

his appearance as Hamlet

his appointment as instructor

b. : in a way or of a nature constituting

he comes home at six as a rule

as a result of the trip he was exhausted

c. : for consideration or considered in a specified form or relation — usually used before prepositions and participles (as against, between, distinguished, and opposed )

his argument as against yours

my opinion as distinguished from theirs

V. ˈas noun

( plural as·ses ˈa(ˌ)sēz, -_sə̇z)

Etymology: Latin — more at ace

1. : libra 2



(1) : a bronze coin of the ancient Roman republic varying in weight from 1 as, or 12 ounces, to 1/2 ounce

(2) : one of several similar coins issued by some of the Roman emperors

b. : a unit of value equivalent to an as coin


singular of aesir

VII. ˈäs noun

also as nas -näs

Etymology: Persian

: a Persian card game similar to poker and by some thought to be its progenitor

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