- as1 W1S1 [əz strong æz] prep, adv[: Old English; Origin: eallswa; ALSO]1.) used when you are comparing two people, things, situations etcas ... as▪ Tom's not as old as you, is he?▪ an old woman with hair as white as snow▪ Some of the doctors are paid almost twice as much as the nurses.▪ We work as hard as any other team in England.▪ Please let me know your decision as soon as possible (=as soon as you can) .▪ His last album sold half a million copies and we hope this one will be just as (=equally) popular.2.) used to say what job, duty, use, or appearance someone or something has▪ As a parent, I feel that more should be done to protect our children.▪ A large flat stone was used as a table.▪ Dad dressed up as Santa Claus.3.) used to say what someone thinks or says a person or thing is▪ The problem is regarded as serious.▪ The result of last week's election will be seen as a victory for the right-wing government.▪ He's described as being in his late teens, tall, and of slim build.4.) when someone was in a particular age group▪ As a young man, Eliot had studied art in Paris.▪ I'll take you to all the places I loved as a girl.→such as at ↑such→as one at ↑one2 (16)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬WORD CHOICE: as, like, as ifUse as in comparisons in the expression as ... as , with an adjective or adverb in between : Basketball is as popular as football here. | He can't read as well as his classmates .as is also used in the expressions not so .... as and the same (...) as : I wouldn't go so far as that. | He is the same age as me.Use like in comparisons followed by a noun : A movie is not like a book (NOT not as a book). |Like other people (NOT as other people), he values his privacy.Use as if followed by a clause to compare a real situation with an imaginary situation : He talked to them as if they were children.!! Some people use like in this sort of comparison : They act like they own the place. It is better not to do this as many people think it is incorrect.!! as if cannot be followed directly by a noun : You treat them as if they were your parents (NOT as if your parents).▬▬▬▬▬▬▬as 2as2 W1S1 conj1.) used in comparisonsas ... as▪ They want peace as much as we do.▪ Helen comes to visit me as often as she can.▪ I can't run as fast as I used to.2.) in the way that someone says or that something happens, or in the condition something is in▪ Do as I say!▪ We'd better leave things as they are until the police arrive.▪ The money was repaid, as promised.▪ He did not need to keep moving house, as his father had.▪ Roberta was late as usual (=in the way that she usually was) .3.) used to say that what you are saying is already known or has been stated before▪ David, as you know, has not been well lately.▪ As I explained on the phone, your request will be considered at the next meeting.▪ As Napoleon once said, attack is the best method of defence.4.) while or when▪ I saw Peter as I was getting off the bus.▪ As time passed, things seemed to get worse.▪ Just as the two men were leaving, a message arrived.5.) used to state why a particular situation exists or why someone does something▪ As it was getting late, I turned around to start for home.▪ We asked Philip to come with us, as he knew the road.6.) though▪ Unlikely as it might seem, I'm tired too.▪ Try as she might, Sue couldn't get the door open.▪ As popular as he is, the President hasn't always managed to have his own way.7.) as for sb/sthused when you are starting to talk about someone or something new that is connected with what you were talking about before▪ Kitty's got so thin. And as for Carl, he always seems to be ill.▪ You can ask the others, but as for myself, I'll be busy in the office.8.) as yet [used in negatives]until and including the present time - used to say that something has not happened although it may happen in the future▪ We've had no word from Colin as yet.9.) as if.../as though...a) in a way that makes it seem that something is true or that something is happening▪ It sounds as though she's been really ill.▪ Gary was behaving as though nothing had happened.▪ Mrs Crump looked as if she was going to explode.▪ Beckworth shook his head as if to say 'Don't trust her'.b) used to emphasize that something is not true or will not happen▪ She said she'd never speak to me again. As if I cared (=I do not care at all) .▪ 'Don't try any funny business, now.' 'As if I would.'As if!spoken informal▪ He asked if I'd go out with him. As if! (=it is extremely unlikely that I would go out with him)see usage note ↑as110.) it's not as ifused to say that something cannot be the explanation for a situation or someone's behaviour because it is not true▪ Why do they never go on holiday? I mean it's not as if they're poor is it?▪ I don't know why you're so frightened of her, it's not as if she's got any power over you.11.) as it isa) because of the situation that actually exists - used when that situation is different from what you expected or need▪ They hoped to finish the kitchen by Friday, but as it is they'll probably have to come back next week.b) already▪ Just keep quiet - you're in enough trouble as it is.12.) as from/of sthstarting from a particular time or date and continuing▪ As from today, you are in charge of the office.▪ As of now, there will be no more paid overtime.13.) as against sthin comparison with something▪ Profits this year are $2.5 million as against $4 million last year.14.) as to stha) concerning▪ Frank was very uncertain as to whether it was the right job for him.▪ advice as to which suppliers to approach▪ He kept his rivals guessing as to his real intentions.b) formal used when you are starting to talk about something new that is connected with what you were talking about before▪ As to our future plans, I think I need only say that the company intends to expand at a steady rate.15.) as it wereused when describing someone or something in a way that is not quite exact▪ Jim Radcliffe became our idol, as it were, the man we all wanted to be.16.) as is/was/does etcformal used to add that what you have said is also true of someone or something else▪ Eve's very tall, as was her mother.▪ I voted Labour, as did my wife.→not as such at ↑such, as well at ↑well1 (5), as well as at ↑well1 (6), might (just) as well at ↑might1 (9)→so as to do sth at ↑so2 (5)
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.