- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]BecauseBecause
- 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.]
- 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.]
- As if; as though.(Obs. or Poetic)"He lies, as he his bliss did know." [Waller.]
- For instance; by way of example; thus; -- used to introduce illustrative phrases, sentences, or citations.
- 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.]
- Expressing a wish.(Obs)" Ashave,"
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.
Note: i. e., may he have.
Etymology: OE. as als alse also al swa, AS. eal swā, lit. all so; hence, quite so, quite as: cf. G. als as, than, also so, then. See Also