to the same degree, amount, or extent; similarly; 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.
(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.
12. 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.
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.
20. as good as, a.
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.
25. as long as. 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.
28. as such, a.
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.
29. as well. well1 ( def 18 )
30. as well as. well1 ( def 19 )
as yet, up to the present time; until now: As yet, no one has thought of a solution.
Origin: before 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
), Old High German alsō
(Middle High German álsō, álse, als, German also
as, as if, 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.