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I've got nothing against selling out, but just let me do it for something that matters. Not so I can be Number One With a Bullet, as it were, but so I can leave this world feeling like I made a difference.
Harry Chapin

Meaning of "as it were" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF AS IT WERE

as it were play
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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE AS IT WERE

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 if
as is
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
as one man
as opposed to sth

WORDS THAT END LIKE AS IT WERE

amakwerekwere
anywhere
arriere
as you were
atmosphere
bere
elsewhere
everywhere
here
mere
nowhere
out there
premiere
severe
so there
somewhere
sphere
there
were
where

Synonyms and antonyms of as it were in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «AS IT WERE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «as it were» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of as it were

Translation of «as it were» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF AS IT WERE

Find out the translation of as it were to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of as it were 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 it were» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

因为它是
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

por así decirlo
570 millions of speakers

English

as it were
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

यह थे
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كما انها كانت
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

как это было
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

como se fosse
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

এটি যেমন ছিল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pour ainsi dire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Seperti yang berlaku
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

sozusagen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

言わば
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

그것은 말하자면
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kaya mangkene
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

vì nó là
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அது போல
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

ते होते म्हणून
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sanki
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

così dire
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

niejako
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

як це було
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ca să zicem așa
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

όπως ήταν
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

soos dit was
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

så att säga
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

likesom
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of as it were

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «AS IT WERE»

The term «as it were» is very widely used and occupies the 909 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «AS IT WERE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «as it were» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «as it were» 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 it were

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10 QUOTES WITH «AS IT WERE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word as it were.
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Louis Agassiz
The glacier was God's great plough set at work ages ago to grind, furrow, and knead over, as it were, the surface of the earth.
2
Archibald Alexander
None can less afford to delay than the aged sinner. Now is the time. Now or never. You have, as it were, one foot already in the grave. Your opportunities will soon be over. Strive, then, I entreat you, to enter in at the strait gate.
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Dante Alighieri
Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.
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Peter Bichsel
It is strange, how quickly people want to obligate their poets, as it were, on the exile.
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Thomas Browne
Charity But how shall we expect charity towards others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves? Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner.
6
Kate Burton
I know from growing up in the spotlight, as it were, that the most important thing is your family.
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Margaret Cavendish
My other brother, the Lord Lucas, who was heir to my father's estate, and as it were the father to take care of us all, is not less valiant than they were, although his skill in the discipline of war was not so much, not being bred therein.
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Harry Chapin
I've got nothing against selling out, but just let me do it for something that matters. Not so I can be Number One With a Bullet, as it were, but so I can leave this world feeling like I made a difference.
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Marcus Tullius Cicero
A friend is, as it were, a second self.
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Rachel Cusk
An eating disorder epidemic suggests that love and disgust are being jointly marketed, as it were; that wherever the proposition might first have come from, the unacceptability of the female body has been disseminated culturally.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «AS IT WERE»

Discover the use of as it were in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to as it were and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Last Gold Diggers: Being, as it Were, an Account of a ...
Shortlisted for the Smarties award. 6-8 years.
‎1998
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As If It Were Glory: Robert Beecham's Civil War from the ...
Standing upon the tower on the crest of Culp's Hill I see the fair city under my feet, as it were, to the northwest. Northward are woodland, field, orchard, garden and meadow; eastward is the broken gorge and the wild valley of Rock Creek; ...
Michael E. Stevens, 2007
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A Beginner's Guide to Creating Reality: An Introduction to ...
Pilgrimage to Onai Now during my time when the pilgrimage, as it were indeed, was set and there would be that which is termed slums in Onai, it took a long time , as it were indeed, from this that I have told you to take into proper operation.
Ramtha, Ramtha (the enlightened one (Spirit)), 2004
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Studies in Philology
1 Cor. 14:19. ' 10. “As it were”, “ifit were”. The subjunctive mood appears repeatedly in the clause “as it were". apparently with a limiting significance or a toning down of an exaggerated or figurative expression. "It were" could usually be omitted ...
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Corpus Linguistics II: New Studies in the Analysis and ...
as it 'were // with / Shakespeare s WORK // 3.5 291 b) between VP and NP VI ^1 / didn't ":REALI2E as it 'were // - a a/buut 'Northern IRELAN0 // 2.8 168 ^ V71 PRETEN0ING //. as it /WERE / that // he d : always hald them // 1.6 436 As it were in ...
Jan M. G. Aarts, Willem Meijs, 1986
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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: First Series Volume I - the ...
For when I learned them, I gave not credit to the heart of another man, but perceived them in my own ; and I approved them as true, and committed them to it, laying them up, as it were, whence I might fetch them when I willed. There, then , they ...
Philip Schaff, 2007
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An Historical Syntax of the English Language
In the collocation 'as it were'. No Old English instances have been found. OE Chron. an. 1 135, Uuard pe sunne suilc als it uuare thre niht aid mone. | C1205 Layamon 25302, per beoS pa knihtes, swulc hit weoren kinges | 13. . Guy Warw.
Frederik Theodor Visser, 1963
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THE SCOTTISH CHRISTIAN HERALD
The next mention of quails, in Numbers xi 31, 32, is much more full: " And there went forth a wind from the Lord, and brought quails (selavim) from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a ...
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Biblical commentary on the New Testament: Translated from ...
Calvin, Cas- tellio, Beza, Schlichting, Grotius, Limborch, Kuinoel, Bleek, etc., take napa&oXri in the well-known signification figure, but then refer iv napa(3okq to oQev, and obtain the sense : " thence as it were, namely, as it were, i* vexpuv, as  ...
Hermann Olshausen, 1866
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Harper's Monthly Magazine
“Does your office want to prosecute, as it were, a twelve-year-old girl with pink cheeks and black pigtails—what?” inquired the sleuth, sarcastically. . “Wasn't there any one back of her? Wasn't there an older person? Why don't you make the ...
Henry Mills Alden, Thomas Bucklin Wells, Lee Foster Hartman, 1912

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «AS IT WERE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term as it were is used in the context of the following news items.
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Lenovo LaVie Z series review: super light, super compromised
Before I get into the nuts and bolts (or ports and slots, as it were), it's worth talking a bit about the LaVie Z series' history. These laptops are ... «Engadget, Jul 15»
2
'I'm low maintenance. Life isn't about possessions'
“This isn't a money-making venture although obviously we'd prefer not to make a loss; if we can just get the festival to wash its face, as it were, ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
3
Song Of The Sea: how an animated treat was made
I've realised that it's been a liberation for traditional animation, to be marginalised, as it were... All the potential that traditional animation always ... «Den Of Geek, Jul 15»
4
Joshua Cohen's Book of Numbers Is Brilliant and Nearly Unbearable
Despite allowing for literature's infiltration by tech, yoking it to his plow as it were, Cohen is clearly interested in defending the novel as object, ... «Slate Magazine, Jul 15»
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Second Temple-era catacomb Beit She'arim declared UNESCO …
It was Judah the Prince's death and interment in the city that caused the town to become a magnet-cemetery, as it were. Inscriptions discovered ... «Haaretz, Jul 15»
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When foreign customers are charged double
In general I am referring to a foreign visitor realizing that he or she was taken for a ride, and an expensive one, as it were. It is not only the ... «Today's Zaman, Jul 15»
7
New book spotlights long-forgotten boxing champion
But as it were, he had the misfortune of following Louis, and Louis was revered in America in the 1930s and '40s. He was, in fact, Charles' idol. «MyCentralJersey.com, Jul 15»
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OPINION: Ageing US nuclear bombers not fit for a superpower
It might be nice to have a few dozen squadrons of pricey, fifth-generation fighters, but the ability to deliver “shock and awe”, as it were, is vital. «Flightglobal, Jul 15»
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Pastor Douglas Wilson: Sodomy is worse than slavery
While everyone knows what happens in the beginning, as it were, all I can remember from my Torah portion is that eunuchs are excluded from ... «AMERICAblog, Jul 15»
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LOOT Interactive at E3: Mind-bending puzzlers enroute to PS4
As such, each level is on a timer as it were, complete with the possibility of Bob overshooting a ledge and falling to his premature demise. «PlayStation Universe, Jul 15»

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