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Pronunciation: /az/
Pronunciation: /əz/


(usually as —— as)
1Used in comparisons to refer to the extent or degree of something: hailstones as big as tennis balls go as fast as you can it tasted like grape juice but not as sweet
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  • He's not as big as you think he is.
  • A microprocessor, as small as a postage stamp, performs thousands of calculations per second based on readings from the sensor.
  • They know the company as well as I do.
1.1Used to emphasize an amount: as many as twenty-two rare species may be at risk
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  • Police arrested as many as 150 people for participating in a rare public protest to call for reforms.
  • The plan is less than the estimates of some analysts, who had said the company may have to pay as much as $4 billion.
  • Now the chimp is an endangered species, with as few as 150,000 chimps left in the wild.


1Used to indicate that something happens during the time when something is taking place: Frank watched him as he ambled through the crowd as she grew older, she kept more to herself
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  • She watched him as he approached her.
  • I grabbed the keys to the store as I left.
  • The ice continued to melt, but as it did so, I continued to slip deeper into the unknown.
while, just as, even as, (just) when, at the time that, at the moment that
2Used to indicate by comparison the way that something happens or is done: dress as you would if you were having guests they can do as they wish [as adverb]: she kissed him goodbye, as usual as in the past, a collection is to be taken
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  • Thank you Mrs Peck, as usual you have been very helpful.
  • Since the mother is ill, she may not be able to care for her baby as she would if she were well.
  • The bout was, as was the case back then, a slow-paced fight compared to the fights of today.
in the (same) way that, the (same) way
informal like
2.1Used to add or interject a comment relating to the statement of a fact: as you can see, I didn’t go after all he has, as you know, called for a referendum
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  • I'm used to all kinds of hard work, as you know, and I'm not afraid.
  • However, as I mentioned earlier, most people are totally unaware of the East Village Arts District.
  • Lee was a night-time security guard as I recall, not a cop.
which, a fact which
3Because; since: I must stop now as I have to go out
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  • There are concerns for her as she was ill before she vanished.
  • Athlone requested the game be played before Christmas instead of January 8 as students will be on holiday.
  • Children's charities would like more help distributed through child benefit, as it is paid to all children through their mother.
because, since, seeing that/as, in view of the fact that, owing to the fact that
informal on account of
literary for
4Even though: sweet as he is, he doesn’t pay his bills try as he might, he failed to pull it off
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  • Try as she might, she can't keep her troubled family from fragmenting.
  • But, good as he is, he was not the only reason to enjoy the film.
  • Unless you are of a particularly curious bent, you would not even wish to sit down and eat with these people - dazzlingly clever as they undoubtedly are.
though, although, even though, in spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, notwithstanding that, for all that, albeit, however


1Used to refer to the function or character that someone or something has: he got a job as a cook they were treated as foreigners it came as a shock as a dairy producer, you should evaluate and analyze your farm from many viewpoints
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  • He cares for her deeply as a friend and perhaps as a future wife.
  • He worked as a business teacher in the local high school.
  • The 7100, which also works as a phone, should appeal to customers who want a single device for calls and e-mail.
like, in the guise of, so as to appear to be
in the role of, being, acting as
2During the time of being (the thing specified): he had often been sick as a child as a student, my nickname was Space
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  • Born in the Ukraine, he was brought to England as a baby and spent his childhood in Liverpool.
  • Subsequently I visited this country as an adult, but for a short period of time.
  • My parents were able to build their business upon the strong values they were taught as children.


1 A small, seemingly innocent word, as is so frequently misused (or not used where needed) that interested writers are advised to consult a full-length usage guide for counsel on its proper use. As is often used in causal senses in place of because or since ( As Julie wasn’t hungry, she ordered only a cup of coffee); in such constructions, where as may cause confusion, it is generally advisable to use the unambiguous because, or since. 2 On whether it is more correct to say he’s not as shy as I rather than he’s not as shy as me, or I live in the same street as she rather than I live in the same street as her, see personal pronoun (usage). 3 For a discussion of when to use as rather than like, see like1 (usage).



as and when

At the time when (used to refer to an uncertain future event): they deal with an issue as and when it rears its head
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  • There is room for further expansion and development of the brewhouse to meet future demand as and when it arises.
  • Indeed, the study says that most journalists sent to cover crises are general reporters dispatched as and when events occur.
  • I didn't do any research at the time, because I'm lazy and thought I'd resolve the issue as and when the need arose.

as for

With regard to: as for you, you’d better be quick
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  • And as for my father, I will definitely take him up on his offer if he still wants to send me to learn to sew now!
  • And as for the spread of STDs, would legalising prostitution really prevent it?
  • And as for its military tradition, I assume we're going back in time a bit, maybe to the Vikings.

as if (or as though)

As would be the case if: she behaved as if he weren’t there
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  • It was all he could do to act as though he had never read either of her letters.
  • The men around her laughed and acted as though it was the cleverest thing they had seen.
  • Football is now a business, but players are expected to act as if it was still a sport.

as if!

informal I very much doubt it: You know how lottery winners always say it won’t change their lives? Yeah, as if!
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  • Even some prejudicial rejection can also be okay, if the person socially shutting you down is in a committed relationship (as if!) or has an incompatible sexual orientation.
  • Clueless, however, with its mall culture (buy something; buying makes happy), and its witty dialogue (‘as if!’), doesn't support the heritage industry.
  • And wait I did, my Standard open at The horoscopes (Predictions for New Year! Your Stars, That Break, and You! - as if).

as (it) is

In the existing circumstances: I’ve got enough on my plate as it is
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  • Rail staff have a hard enough job as it is, working under difficult circumstances.
  • Though I'm feeling quite queer as it is, so I don't invite you to dwell on it too long.
  • Because I'm angry at it now, proper shaking angry and this Blog entry is long enough as it is.

as it were

In a way (used to be less precise): areas that have been, as it were, pushed aside
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  • Some of the young stags early in a hunt may turn and stand at bay for short periods as a sort of posturing, as it were, to the hounds.
  • It is clearly more powerful if you can identify a trend, because one rises above the individual dispute, as it were.
  • Not really hungry, the trio dined early and lightly, eating, as it were, out of habit rather than desire.
so to speak, in a manner of speaking, to some extent, so to say
informal sort of

as long as

see long1.

as much

see much.

as of

Used to indicate the time or date from which something starts: as of January 1, a free market will be created I’m on unemployment as of today
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  • In the absence of agreement as to the date of the payment, payment is to be implied to be on demand as from the date of any tax saving made by the Defendant.
  • Benefits of the Scheme will only apply as from the date your contributions to the scheme becomes payable.
  • The train's called the Ghan and it runs from Adelaide through Alice and, as of today, on to Darwin.

as per

see per.

as such

see such.

as though

see as if .

as to

With respect to; concerning: decisions as to which patients receive treatment
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  • Postwatch will also listen to local concerns as to why the offices should not close.
  • I have only one spare bed, so had to make a tricky decision as to who had to sleep on the floor.
  • We had different views as to how a political interviewer should go about his job.

as well

see well1.

as yet

[usually with negative] Until now or a particular time in the past: the damage is as yet undetermined
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  • They may be on the verge of an appointment but there's no sign of an announcement as yet.
  • Some of the leaves at the base of the plant are almost black but newer foliage shows no sign of this colouring as yet.
  • There is little sign as yet of the opposition movement forcing the US to alter its policies.
so far, thus far, yet, still, up till now, up to now


Middle English: reduced form of Old English alswā 'similarly' (see also).

Words that rhyme with as

Abkhaz, Baz, has, jazz, pizzazz, razz, whereas

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Pronunciation: /as/

noun (plural asses)

An ancient Roman copper coin.
Example sentences
  • The asses and denarii minted by C. Marcius Censorinus show him in profile as a bearded and diademed man.
  • Meanwhile bronze asses dropped in weight from about 280g to about 60g.


Latin, literally 'a unit'.

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The chemical element arsenic.

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4Associate in Science.

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