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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adverb and conjunction as
  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.]
  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.]BecauseBecause
  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.]
  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)" 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

noun As
An ace.

Etymology: See Ace

noun As
the chemical symbol for arsenic.
noun As
  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.

Etymology: L. as. See Ace

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A United States territory on the eastern part of the island of Samoa
  2. 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
  3. To the same degree (often followed by `as') ("birds were singing and the child sang as sweetly", "sang as sweetly as a nightingale", and "he is every bit as mean as she is")

From Middle English as, ase, als, alse, also, alsa, alswa, from from Old English eallswā (“just so; as”), thus representing a reduced form of also, equivalent to all +‎ so. Cognate with Saterland Frisian as (“as”), West Frisian as (“as”), Low German as (“as”), Dutch als, as (“as”), German als (“as”). More at also.

Borrowing from Latin as.

  1. (unit of weight) A libra.
  2. Any of several coins of Rome, coined in bronze or later copper; or the equivalent value.

a +‎ -s.

  1. plural of a

Shortening of as hell.

    as was also found in the following language(s): Translingual, Achumawi, Aragonese, Catalan, Cimbrian, Danish, Dutch, Fala, Finnish, French, Friulian, Galician, Icelandic, Irish, Latin, Manx, Navajo, Norman, Old French, Old Irish, Old Prussian, Old Saxon, Polish, Portuguese, Saterland Frisian, Scottish Gaelic, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tok Pisin, Turkish, Volapük, West Frisian, and Wolof

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    Naomi was born on July 26th, 1983 in The Hague.


    Berit Ås is a Member of the Parliament of Norway, Leader of the Socialist Left Party, Member of theParliament of Norway, and Leader of theSocialist Left Party. Berit was given the name Berit Skarpaas on April 10th, 1928 in Fredrikstad.


    Gerard was born on November 12th, 1944.



    Filip was born in 1966 in Den Helder.


    Fun Facts about the name As

    • When was the first name As first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name As is Saturday, May 9th, 1891.
    • How unique is the name As? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name As. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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