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People are so docile right now. It is almost as if good government means when the politicians lie to us for our own good, for the public good, and bad government is when politicians lie for their own selfish interests.
James Bovard

Meaning of "as if" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF AS IF

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WHAT DOES AS IF MEAN IN ENGLISH?

As if

As if or As If may refer to: ▪ As If, a British television series ▪ As If, an American television series based upon the British series of the same name ▪ As If, extended play by Sky Ferreira ▪ "As If", a song by Sara Evans ▪ "As If," a song by R&B trio Blaque from the Bring It On soundtrack ▪ The former, short-lived name of alternative rock band Our Lady Peace ▪ The Philosophy of 'As If', a work by German philosopher Hans Vaihinger ▪ The phrase "as if", an example of Valleyspeak ▪ As-if rule, a rule governing translation of computer programs in the C and C++ programming languages...

Definition of as if in the English dictionary

The definition of as if in the dictionary is as it would be if.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AS IF

as dull as ditchwater
as far as
as far as I can see
as for
as from
as good as
as good as gold
as good as one´s word
as hell
as how
as is
as it were
as large as life
AS level
as likely as not
as long as
as much
as near as damn it
as often as not
as old as the hills

WORDS THAT END LIKE AS IF

alif
aperitif
calif
if
kaif
kif
massif
motif
only if
positif
reif
Rif
sans serif
serif
sharif
sherif
sif
sportif
what if
what-if

Synonyms and antonyms of as if in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «as if» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AS IF

Find out the translation of as if to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of as if from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «as if» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

好像
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

como si
570 millions of speakers

English

as if
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

मानो
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كما لو
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

как если бы
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

como se
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

যেন
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

comme si
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Seolah-olah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

als
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ているかのように
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

마치
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

kaya
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

như
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

என
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

जसं की
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sanki
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

come se
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

jakby
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

неначебто
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ca în cazul
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ως εάν
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

asof
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

som om
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

som om
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of as if

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AS IF»

The term «as if» is very widely used and occupies the 6.945 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AS IF» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «as if» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «as if» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about as if

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10 QUOTES WITH «AS IF»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word as if.
1
Amy Adams
When I died my hair red the first time, I felt as if it was what nature intended. I have been accused of being a bit of a spitfire, so in that way, I absolutely live up to the stereotype. The red hair suits my personality. I was a terrible blonde!
2
Danny Aiello
My father was never around. It was almost as if he didn't exist. I would tell my friends he was in Cleveland, on business. Sometimes, every six months or so, he would come by for dinner.
3
Tom Baker
We have newsreaders behaving like actors, lowering their voices if it's a sad story, as if we didn't know it's a sad story. There isn't a single cool newsreader.
4
Jorge Luis Borges
Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone.
5
Carole Bouquet
I'm attached to my land in Pantelleria as if I'd inherited it. Acting is my job, Pantelleria is my home.
6
James Bovard
People are so docile right now. It is almost as if good government means when the politicians lie to us for our own good, for the public good, and bad government is when politicians lie for their own selfish interests.
7
Carrie Brownstein
I'll admit that I'm not quite certain how to sum up an entire year in music anymore; not when music has become so temporal, so specific and personal, as if we each have our own weather system and what we listen to is our individual forecast.
8
William Jennings Bryan
Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.
9
Wilfred Burchett
Hiroshima does not look like a bombed city. It looks as if a monster steamroller had passed over it and squashed it out of existence.
10
Judith Butler
We act as if that being of a man or that being of a woman is actually an internal reality or something that is simply true about us, a fact about us, but actually it's a phenomenon that is being produced all the time and reproduced all the time, so to say gender is performative is to say that nobody really is a gender from the start.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AS IF»

Discover the use of as if in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to as if and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The As If Principle: The Radically New Approach to Changing ...
Bringing to the table a dazzling array of firsthand experiments, surprising histories, and psychological case studies, Wiseman illustrates in brilliant detail how we can apply this principle in our daily lives: —Smile to become measurably ...
Richard Wiseman, 2013
2
As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of ...
A history of imaginary worlds from the late nineteenth century to the present, from Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes to the virtual worlds of computer games.
Michael T. Saler, 2012
3
As If
In the wake of this brutal crime, came one of the most public and shocking trials in living memory. Written in Morrison’s supple, beautiful prose As If is a passionate, first-hand testimony of the Bulger case.
Blake Morrison, 2012
4
Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
Small Is Beautiful is Oxford-trained economist E. F. Schumacher’s classic call for the end of excessive consumption.
E. F. Schumacher, 2010
5
The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered
Nature-centered economics for the age of peak oil
John Michael Greer, 2013
6
Housing as If People Mattered: Site Design Guidelines for ...
This book is a collection of guidelines for the site design of low-rise, high-density family housing.
Clare Cooper Marcus, 1986
7
Capitalism as if the World Matters
First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Jonathon Porritt, 2012
8
Cinderella (As If You Didn't Already Know the Story)
And don't miss the companion book to this fairy-tale reboot: Thumbelina, Tiny Runaway Bride. From the Hardcover edition.
Barbara Ensor, 2011
9
"Sensations as If -": A Repertory of Subjective Symptoms
A Repertory Of Subjective Symptoms. You Will Be Surprised About Things You Will Find In It.
Herbert A. Roberts, 2002
10
Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in ...
This book's short chapters, sidebar material, and concluding prayers fit well with readers' busy lives without sacrificing quality and depth of content. "James Wilhoit has written a book of special urgency for our times. . .
James C. Wilhoit, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AS IF»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term as if is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Walker office operating as if proposed open records exemptions are …
While Scott Walker says he's opposing the change in open records policy, he so far hasn't altered his claim that he can withhold records that ... «Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jul 15»
2
China and Greece: What next?
As if having to be representative by default of global investment sentiment to the Greek vote wasn't going to be bad enough, we also had our ... «Herald Sun, Jul 15»
3
Tapper Zaps Whiny Libs on Twitter: 'Can't Help It If Entire Democratic …
The other, Tweedledum, as if on cue, chimed in about an hour later: "the problem is these shows set the agenda and guest lists are way ... «NewsBusters, Jul 15»
4
Bill Trzeciak: Democratic socialism is capitalism as if people mattered
Bernie Sanders said “Socialism is a word that scares older people.” He's right about that. Most of us older people in America have been given a ... «The Union of Grass Valley, Jul 15»
5
HOUSEL: Why it might feel as if we are falling behind
Wilbur and Orville Wright's airplane flew for the first time in December 1903. It was one of the most important innovations of human history, ... «Herald Zeitung, Jul 15»
6
Russell Brand says he'll move to Syria if someone buys him a first …
Zoë Kirk-Robinson said: 'As if Syria doesn't have enough problems, here comes Russell Brand!' Graham Eden tweeted: 'I'm off to Syria'. «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
7
Chk Chk Chk (!!!) Want to Make Pop Music Weird on New Album 'As If'
“I don't think people expect anything of us anymore,” Nic Offer, frontman for dance-punk stalwarts !!! (pronounced “Chk Chk Chk”), says about ... «SPIN, Jul 15»
8
“They played in asbestos piles as if they were sandpits”
"I am told that children played in asbestos piles as if they were sandpits," Ms Barham said. "Many of those people have died or are unwell, and ... «Central Telegraph, Jul 15»
9
Clueless? As if! This is the best fashion film ever made
Stacey Dash as Dionne and Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Clueless. Check mates: Stacey Dash as Dionne and Alicia Silverstone as Cher in ... «The Guardian, Jun 15»
10
Karim Rashid: Let's reinvent clothes 'as if the world hadn't existed …
(CNN) Karim Rashid's clothes don't fit. When the 54-year-old design demi-god pulls on his trademark candy-coloured suit-combos, they're ... «CNN, Jun 15»

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