see also: AS, As
  • (stressed) IPA: /æz/
  • (unstressed) IPA: /əz/

as (not comparable)

  1. To such an extent or degree; to the same extent or degree.
    You’re not as tall as I am.
    It's not as well made, but it's twice as expensive.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
  2. Considered to be, in relation to something else; in the relation (specified).
    • 1865, The Act of Suicide as Distinct from the Crime of Self-Murder: A Sermon
    • 1937, Tobias Matthay, On Colouring as Distinct from Tone-inflection: A Lecture (London: Oxford University Press)
  3. (dated) For example; for instance. (Compare such as.)
    • 1913, "Aboriginal", in Webster's Unabridged Dictionary:
      First; original; indigenous; primitive; native; as, the aboriginal tribes of America.
  • French: aussi
  • German: so ... wie
  • Italian: tanto
  • Portuguese: tão, tanto
  • Russian: как
  • Spanish: tan ... como
  1. In the (same) way or manner that; to the (same) degree that.
    Do as I say!
    I'm under a lot of pressure, as you know.
    As you wish, my lord!
    The kidnappers released him as agreed.
    • 2001, Jason Manning, Mountain Honor, Signet Book (ISBN 9780451204806):
      "But he's good as dead, and I ain't about to waste a bullet."
    1. Used after so or as to introduce a comparison.
      She's twice as strong as I was two years ago.
      It's not so complicated as I expected.
    2. Used to introduce a result: with the result that it is.
      • 1868, Proceedings and Debates of the [New York] Constitutional Convention Held in 1867 and 1868 in the City of Albany, page 2853:
        [...] that the Board of Regents had fallen into disrepute; that intelligent men inquired what the board was; he said that it was a quiet body, and kept out of the newspapers — and so quiet as to lead many to suppose tho board had ceased to exist.
      • 2006, Eric Manasse, The Twenty-First Man, iUniverse (ISBN 9780595391288), page 7:
        It was a talent he had developed; he could actually be so quiet as to be practically invisible. In class, he was rarely called upon to answer any questions. In the crowded hallways, he could slip in and out without offending any of the local bullies ...
      • 2011, Herwig C. H. Hofmann, Gerard C. Rowe, Alexander H. Türk, Administrative Law and Policy of the European Union, Oxford University Press (ISBN 9780199286485), page 507:
        Under most circumstances, it will be possible to draw a distinction sufficiently clear as to allow an unambiguous allocation to one or other category.
    3. Expressing concession: though.
      • 1843 (first published), Thomas Babington Macaulay, Essays
        We wish, however, to avail ourselves of the interest, transient as it may be, which this work has excited.
      • 2009, Matthew Friedman, Laurie B. Slone, J Friedman, After the War Zone (ISBN 9780786731954):
        If this happens, be patient and, difficult as it may be, try not to take these reactions personally.
  2. At the time that; during the time when:
    1. At the same instant or moment that: when.
      As I came in, she fled.
    2. At the same time that, during the same time when: while.
      He sleeps as the rain falls.
    3. Varying through time in the same proportion that.
      As my fear grew, so did my legs become heavy.
      As she grew older, she grew wiser.
  3. Being that, considering that, because, since.
    As it’s too late, I quit.
  4. (dated) Introducing a comparison with a hypothetical state (+ subjunctive, or with the verb elided): as though, as if. [to 19th century]
    • I start as from some dreadful dream.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Acts 2:
      And sodenly there cam a sounde from heven as it had bene the commynge off a myghty wynde […]
    • c. 1616, William Shakespeare, King Henry VI part 2, First Folio 1623, I.1:
      Oft haue I seene the haughty Cardinall, / More like a Souldier then a man o'th' Church, / As stout and proud as he were Lord of all […]
  5. Functioning as a relative conjunction, and sometimes like a relative pronoun: that, which, who. (See usage notes.) [from 14th c.]
    He had the same problem as she did getting the lock open.
    • circa 1595 William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet:
      Now will he sit under a medlar tree,
      And wish his mistress were that kind of fruit,
      As maids call medlars, when they laugh alone.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section 5, member 1, subsection v:
      the temper is to be altered and amended, with such things as fortify and strengthen the heart and brain {{...}
    • 1854 Charles Dickens, Hard Times, Book I, Chapter II:
      ‘Sissy is not a name,’ said Mr. Gradgrind. ‘Don’t call yourself Sissy. Call yourself Cecilia.’
      ‘It’s father as calls me Sissy, sir,’ returned the young girl in a trembling voice, and with another curtsey.
    • 2016, Alan Moore, Jerusalem, Liveright 2016, page 99:
      “If I had, if I could hold me head up with the better folk, perhaps I'd think again, but I don't reckon as that's very likely now.”
  6. (rare, now, England, Midland US and Southern US, possibly, obsolete) Than.
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, The Church History of Britain
      The king was not more forward to bestow favours on them as they free to deal affronts to others their superiors.
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  • Russian: чем
  1. Introducing a basis of comparison, with an object in the objective case.
    You are not as tall as me.
    They're big as houses.
    • 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546 ↗; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], [1933], OCLC 2666860 ↗, page 0016 ↗:
      A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.
  2. In the role of.
    What is your opinion as a parent?
    He was never seen as the boss, but rather as a friend.
    • 2000, Tom Pendergast, Sara Pendergast, St. James encyclopedia of popular culture, volume 2, page 223:
      Directed by Howard Hawks, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes starred Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei and Jane Russell as Dorothy.
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as (plural ases)

  1. (unit of weight) A libra.
  2. Any of several coins of Rome, coined in bronze or later copper; or the equivalent value.
  • French: as
  • German: As
  • Portuguese: asse
  • Russian: асс
  • Spanish: as
Pronunciation Noun
  1. plural form of a
  • IPA: /ˈæz/ (never unstressed)

Proper noun
  1. Initialism of Anglo-Saxon#English|Anglo-Saxon.
  1. Initialism of Advanced Supplementary.
  2. Initialism of Advanced Subsidiary.
  3. (cardiology) Initialism of aortic stenosis
  4. (neurology) Initialism of Asperger's syndrome#English|Asperger's syndrome.
  5. (medicine) Initialism of ankylosing spondylitis#English|ankylosing spondylitis.
  6. (US, Navy) Initialism of auxiliary#English|auxiliary submarine#English|submarine: a naval tender, a submarine tender that tends to submarines

  1. plural form of A
    She went from getting Cs and Ds to earning straight As.

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