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Meaning of as in English
 
as
adverb
UK  strong /æz/ weak /əz/ US  strong /æz/ weak /əz/
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used in comparisons to refer to the degree of something:
She'll soon be as tall as her mother.
I can't run as fast as you.
skin as soft as a baby's
It's not as good as it used to be.
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Feel my toes - they're as cold as ice.
Country life isn't always as peaceful as city-dwellers think.
I don't think he's been watering these plants - the soil is as dry as a bone.
She can't run as fast as she used to.
The apple pie was as good as the one my grandmother used to make.
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Grammar
As … as
We use as + adjective/adverb + as to make comparisons when the things we are comparing are equal in some way: …
Not as … as
We use not as … as to make comparisons between things which aren’t equal: …
As … as + possibility
We often use expressions of possibility or ability after as … as: …
As much as, as many as
When we want to make comparisons referring to quantity, we use as much as with uncountable nouns and as many as with plural nouns: …
Comparison: comparisons of equality (as tall as his father)
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as
preposition
UK  strong /æz/ weak /əz/ US  strong /æz/ weak /əz/
 
A1
used to describe the purpose or quality of someone or something:
use as The people in the crowd rolled up their programs and used them as bullhorns.
work as She works as a waitress.
It could be used as evidence against him.
The news came as quite a shock to us.
I meant it as a joke.
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Grammar
As
As is a preposition or a conjunction. …
As as a preposition
We use as with a noun to refer to the role or purpose of a person or thing: …
As as a conjunction
The conjunction as has several different meanings. We use as when one event happens while another is in progress (‘during the time that’). In this case the verb after is often in the continuous form: …
The same as
We use as with the same to talk about identical things: …
As: simultaneous changes
We use as to introduce two events happening at the same time. After as with this meaning, we usually use a simple (rather than continuous) form of the verb: …
As or like?
As and like are prepositions or conjunctions. The prepositions as and like have different meanings. As + noun means ‘in the role of’, like + noun means ‘similar to’ or ‘in the same way as’. …
 
as
conjunction
UK  strong /æz/ weak /əz/ US  strong /æz/ weak /əz/
as conjunction (BECAUSE)
 
A2
because:
As it was getting late, I decided to book into a hotel.
You can go first as you're the oldest.
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as conjunction (WHILE)
 
B1
during the time that:
I saw him as I was coming into the building.
He gets more attractive as he gets older.
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as conjunction (LIKE)
 
B1
in the same way:
as I was saying As I was just saying, I think the proposal needs further consideration.
as is the case As is often the case with children, Amy was completely better by the time the doctor arrived.
He got divorced, just as his parents had done years before.
This year, as in previous years, tickets sold very quickly.
Knowing him as I do, I can't believe he would do such a thing.
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as conjunction (ALTHOUGH)
 
although:
Angry as he was, he couldn't help smiling.
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Grammar
As
As is a preposition or a conjunction. …
As as a preposition
We use as with a noun to refer to the role or purpose of a person or thing: …
As as a conjunction
The conjunction as has several different meanings. We use as when one event happens while another is in progress (‘during the time that’). In this case the verb after is often in the continuous form: …
The same as
We use as with the same to talk about identical things: …
As: simultaneous changes
We use as to introduce two events happening at the same time. After as with this meaning, we usually use a simple (rather than continuous) form of the verb: …
As, because or since?
As, because and since are conjunctions. As, because and since all introduce subordinate clauses. They connect the result of something with its reason. …
Because
Because is more common than as and since, both in writing and speaking. When we use because, we are focusing on the reason: …
As and since
We often use as and since when we want to focus more on the result than the reason. As and since are more formal than because. We usually put a comma before since after the main clause: …
As, when or while?
As, when and while are conjunctions. In some uses as, when and while can mean the same, but they can also have slightly different meanings. We use them to introduce subordinate clauses. …
As
We can use as to introduce two events happening at the same time. After as, we can use a simple or continuous form of the verb. The continous form emphasises an action that interrupts or occurs during the progress of another action: …
When
We can use when to introduce a single completed event that takes place in the middle of a longer activity or event. In these cases, we usually use a continuous verb in the main clause to describe the background event: …
While and as
We can use while or as to talk about two longer events or activities happening at the same time. We can use either simple or continuous verb forms: …
When and while without a subject
We can use when and while without a verb, or without a subject + auxiliary verb be: …
As or like?
As and like are prepositions or conjunctions. The prepositions as and like have different meanings. As + noun means ‘in the role of’, like + noun means ‘similar to’ or ‘in the same way as’. …
As if and as though
As if and as though are conjunctions. …
Idioms
as and whenas for someone/somethingas if!as if/thoughas isas it isas it wereas of/fromas toas to/for
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(Definition of as from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
as | AMERICAN DICTIONARY
as
preposition, conjunction, adverb [ not gradable ]
US  /æz, əz/
as preposition, conjunction, adverb [not gradable] (COMPARISON)
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used in expressions that compare two things, persons, groups, or qualities:
This jacket costs twice as much as that one.
They live in the same town as my parents.
She’ll soon be as tall as her mother.
Idioms
as a matter of factas a (general) ruleas American as apple pieas followsas foras ifas if/as thoughas isas it isas long as
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as
preposition
US  /æz, əz/
as preposition (BEING)
 
appearing to be, or being:
He went to the costume party dressed as a banana.
As a child, Miriam had lived in India.
The news came as no surprise.
 
as
conjunction
US  /æz, əz/
as conjunction (BECAUSE)
 
because:
As it was getting late, I decided to stop at a motel.
as conjunction (WHEN)
 
while; during the time that:
As I was getting out of the car, my heel caught on something and I fell.
as conjunction (ALTHOUGH)
 
although:
Angry as he was, he had to smile.
as conjunction (THE SAME WAY)
 
in the way that; like:
Do exactly as I say.
As is often the case with children, Aimee was completely better by the time the doctor arrived.
Just as I thought, Derrick was to blame.
Use your coat as a blanket.
(Definition of as from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
as | BUSINESS ENGLISH
as
adverb
UK  /æzˌ əz/ US 
 as at
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ACCOUNTING
at a particular date or time:
All rates correct as at March 1 2011.
 as from
 
from a particular date or time:
As from April 6, your pension payments will increase.
 as is (UK also as seen)
 
COMMERCE
used to state that something is being sold in its present condition, and to say that the person selling it is not responsible for anything that might be wrong with it:
This guarantee does not cover products sold "as is".
 as is, where is
 
COMMERCE
used to state that something is being sold in its present condition and at the place where it is at present, and to say that the person selling it is not responsible for anything that might be wrong with it:
This item is being sold as is, where is, with no warranty, written or implied.
 as of
 
at a particular date or time:
The data is correct as of May 13.
This issue may need attention later but, as of now, we are happy with the decision that we have taken.
 
ACCOUNTING
from a particular date or time:
The tax consequences of this sort of transaction will change as of October 1.
 as per
 
according to what has been agreed or stated:
They made payments of $1,000 a year, as per agreement.
We shall proceed as per your instructions.
 as seen
 
UK also
→  as is :
We sold the car with a receipt saying 'sold as seen'.
(Definition of as from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of as?
 
Translations of as
in Chinese (Traditional)
(用於比較)像…(一樣),和…(一樣), 以…的身份, 作為…
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in Chinese (Simplified)
(用于比较)像…(一样),和…(一样), 以…的身份, 作为…
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in Spanish
tan… como…, de, puesto que…
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in Portuguese
tão… como..., tanto… como..., como…
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