as adv. & conj.
1. Denoting equality or likeness in kind, degree, or manner; like; similar to; in the same manner with or in which; in accordance with; in proportion to; to the extent or degree in which or to which; equally; no less than; as, ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil; you will reap as you sow; do as you are bidden.
His spiritual attendants adjured him, as he loved his soul, to emancipate his brethren. --Macaulay.
Note: ☞ As is often preceded by one of the antecedent or correlative words such, same, so, or as, in expressing an equality or comparison; as, give us such things as you please, and so long as you please, or as long as you please; he is not so brave as Cato; she is as amiable as she is handsome; come as quickly as possible. “Bees appear fortunately to prefer the same colors as we do.” --Lubbock. As, in a preceding part of a sentence, has such or so to answer correlatively to it; as with the people, so with the priest.
2. In the idea, character, or condition of, -- limiting the view to certain attributes or relations; as, virtue considered as virtue; this actor will appear as Hamlet.
The beggar is greater as a man, than is the man merely as a king. --Dewey.
3. While; during or at the same time that; when; as, he trembled as he spoke.
As I return I will fetch off these justices. --Shak.
4. Because; since; it being the case that.
As the population of Scotland had been generally trained to arms . . . they were not indifferently prepared. --Sir W. Scott.
[See Synonym under Because.]
5. Expressing concession. (Often approaching though in meaning).
We wish, however, to avail ourselves of the interest, transient as it may be, which this work has excited. --Macaulay.
6. That, introducing or expressing a result or consequence, after the correlatives so and such. [Obs.]
I can place thee in such abject state, as help shall never find thee. --Rowe.
So as, so that. [Obs.]
The relations are so uncertain as they require a great deal of examination. --Bacon.
7. As if; as though. [Obs. or Poetic]
He lies, as he his bliss did know. --Waller.
8. For instance; by way of example; thus; -- used to introduce illustrative phrases, sentences, or citations.
9. Than. [Obs. & R.]
The king was not more forward to bestow favors on them as they free to deal affronts to others their superiors. --Fuller.
10. Expressing a wish. [Obs.] “As have,”
Note: i. e., may he have.
As . . as. See So . . as, under So.
As far as, to the extent or degree. “As far as can be ascertained.” --Macaulay.
As far forth as, as far as. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
As for, or As to, in regard to; with respect to.
As good as, not less than; not falling short of.
As good as one's word, faithful to a promise.
As if, or As though, of the same kind, or in the same condition or manner, that it would be if.
As it were (as if it were), a qualifying phrase used to apologize for or to relieve some expression which might be regarded as inappropriate or incongruous; in a manner.
As now, just now. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
As swythe, as quickly as possible. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
As well, also; too; besides. --Addison.
As well as, equally with, no less than. “I have understanding as well as you.” --Job xii. 3.
As yet, until now; up to or at the present time; still; now.
As n. An ace. [Obs.]
Ambes-as, double aces.
As n.; pl. Asses
1. A Roman weight, answering to the libra or pound, equal to nearly eleven ounces Troy weight. It was divided into twelve ounces.
2. A Roman copper coin, originally of a pound weight (12 oz.); but reduced, after the first Punic war, to two ounces; in the second Punic war, to one ounce; and afterwards to half an ounce.
n 1: a very poisonous metallic element that has three allotropic
forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as
herbicides and insecticides and various alloys; found in
arsenopyrite and orpiment and realgar [syn: arsenic, atomic
2: a United States territory on the eastern part of the island
of Samoa [syn: American Samoa, Eastern Samoa]
adv : to the same degree (often followed by `as'); "they were
equally beautiful"; "birds were singing and the child
sang as sweetly"; "sang as sweetly as a nightingale";
"he is every bit as mean as she is" [syn: equally, every