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3 definitions found
 for As it were
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  as \as\ ([a^]z), adv. & conj. [OE. as, als, alse, also, al swa,
     AS. eal sw[=a], lit. all so; hence, quite so, quite as: cf.
     G. als as, than, also so, then. See Also.]
     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.
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              His spiritual attendants adjured him, as he loved
              his soul, to emancipate his brethren. --Macaulay.
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     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.
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     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.
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              The beggar is greater as a man, than is the man
              merely as a king.                     --Dewey.
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     3. While; during or at the same time that; when; as, he
        trembled as he spoke.
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              As I return I will fetch off these justices. --Shak.
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     4. Because; since; it being the case that.
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              As the population of Scotland had been generally
              trained to arms . . . they were not indifferently
              prepared.                             --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     5. Expressing concession. (Often approaching though in
        meaning).
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              We wish, however, to avail ourselves of the
              interest, transient as it may be, which this work
              has excited.                          --Macaulay.
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     6. That, introducing or expressing a result or consequence,
        after the correlatives so and such. [Obs.]
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              I can place thee in such abject state, as help shall
              never find thee.                      --Rowe.
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     So as, so that. [Obs.]
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              The relations are so uncertain as they require a
              great deal of examination.            --Bacon.
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     7. As if; as though. [Obs. or Poetic]
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              He lies, as he his bliss did know.    --Waller.
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     8. For instance; by way of example; thus; -- used to
        introduce illustrative phrases, sentences, or citations.
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     9. Than. [Obs. & R.]
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              The king was not more forward to bestow favors on
              them as they free to deal affronts to others their
              superiors.                            --Fuller.
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     10. Expressing a wish. [Obs.] "As have,"
  
     Note: i. e., may he have. --Chaucer.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  as it were
      adv 1: as if it were really so; "she lives here, as it were"
             [syn: as it were, so to speak]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  24 Moby Thesaurus words for "as it were":
     assumably, assumedly, assumptively, figuratively,
     figuratively speaking, in a manner, in a way, in seeming, kind of,
     metaphorically, presumably, presumedly, presumptively, quasi,
     reputedly, seemingly, so to say, so to speak, sort of, supposably,
     supposedly, suppositionally, supposititiously, symbolically
  
  

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