Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “as”

See all translations

as

preposition, conjunction, adverb [not gradable]  /æz, əz/ us  

as

preposition  /æz, əz/ us  

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  /æz, əz/ us  

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)
What is the pronunciation of as?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “as” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shampoo

a liquid used for washing hair, or for washing particular objects or materials

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More