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Definition of "as" [as]

  • To the same extent or degree; equally: The child sang as sweetly as a nightingale. (adverb)
  • For instance: large carnivores, as the bear or lion. (adverb)
  • When taken into consideration in a specified relation or form: this definition as distinguished from the second one. (adverb)
  • To the same degree or quantity that. Often used as a correlative after so or as: You are as sweet as sugar. The situation is not so bad as you suggest. (conjunction)
  • In the same manner or way that: Think as I think. (conjunction)
  • While; when; at the time that (conjunction)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • In the way that (conjunction)
  • That which; what (conjunction)
  • (of) which fact, event, etc (referring to the previous statement) (conjunction)
  • Since; seeing that (conjunction)
  • In the same way that (conjunction)
  • In spite of the extent to which (conjunction)
  • For instance (conjunction)
  • Used correlatively before an adjective or adverb and before a noun phrase or a clause to indicate identity of extent, amount, etc (conjunction)
  • Used with this sense after a noun phrase introduced by the same (conjunction)
  • In the role of; being (preposition)

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Use "as" in a sentence
  • ""Very good," interrupted Jack; "but the words 'when' and 'as soon as' imply a great deal; _when_, or _as soon as_, we know anything, the mystery of course disappears."
  • "In all of our countries women have been in the� forefront of the struggle for freedom and liberation, not� only for themselves but for others, as well as� themselves, to create democracies instead of� hypocrisies which seek to deny them equality."
  • "But one of the main problems with criticism in general is that as an obligatory gesture it has to take whatever its object is *as* itself."