- [[t]æz[/t]] unstressed [[t]əz[/t]]adv.1) to the same degree or extent; equally:It's not as hot today[/ex]2) for example:spring flowers, as the tulip[/ex]3) thought or considered to be:the square as distinct from the rectangle[/ex]4) in the manner indicated:She sang as promised[/ex]5) fun to the same degree or extent that:to run quick as a rabbit[/ex]6) fun in the degree, manner, etc., of or that:Do as we do[/ex]7) fun at the same time that; while; when:Pay as you enter[/ex]8) fun since; because:As you are leaving last, lock the door[/ex]9) fun though:Strange as it seems, it is so[/ex]10) fun that the result or effect was:His voice was so loud as to make everyone stare[/ex]11) +inf Informal. that:I don't know as I do[/ex]12) fun that; who; which (usu. prec. by such or the same):I have the same trouble as you had[/ex]13) fun a fact that:She spoke the truth, as can be proved[/ex]14) in the role, function, or status of:to act as leader[/ex]•Etymology: bef. 1000; OE alswā, ealswā all so (see also), quite so, quite as, as; c. MD alse, OHG alsō usage: As a conjunction, one sense of as is “because”: As she was bored, Sue left the room. as also has an equally common use in the sense “while, when”: As the parade passed by, the crowd cheered. These two senses sometimes result in ambiguity: As the gates were closed, he walked away. (When? Because?) as … as is standard in both positive and negative constructions: as happy as a lark; not as humid today as it was yesterday. so … as is sometimes used in negative constructions (not so humid as it was) and in questions (“What is so rare as a day in June?”). The phrase as far as generally introduces a clause: As far as money is concerned, the council has exhausted all its resources. In some informal speech and writing, as far as is treated as a preposition and followed only by an object: As far as money, the council has exhausted all its resources. as to as a compound preposition has long been standard: As to your salary, that too will be reviewed. This is occasionally criticized as a vague substitute for about or concerning, which can certainly be substituted. See also all, farther, like IIas[[t]æs[/t]] n. pl. as•ses [[t]ˈæs ɪz, -iz[/t]]1) num a copper coin of ancient Rome2) wam an ancient Roman unit of weight, equal to about 12 ounces•Etymology: 1595–1605; < L
From formal English to slang. 2014.