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      conj   admitting, allowing, assuming, granting, in case, on condition that, on the assumption that, provided, providing, supposing, though, whenever, wherever, whether  
      n   condition, doubt, hesitation, stipulation, uncertainty  

make as if      , though  
act as if or though, affect, feign, feint, give the impression that, make a show of, pretend  
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Often pronounced ɪf at the beginning of the sentence.     
1       conj   You use if in conditional sentences to introduce the circumstances in which an event or situation might happen, might be happening, or might have happened.  
She gets very upset if I exclude her from anything..., You can go if you want..., If you went into town, you'd notice all the pubs have loud jukeboxes..., Do you have a knack for coming up with ideas? If so, we would love to hear from you.     
2       conj   You use if in indirect questions where the answer is either `yes' or `no'.   (=whether)  
He asked if I had left with you, and I said no..., I wonder if I might have a word with Mr Abbot?     
3       conj   You use if to suggest that something might be slightly different from what you are stating in the main part of the sentence, for example that there might be slightly more or less of a particular quality.  
with neg  
Sometimes, that standard is quite difficult, if not impossible, to achieve..., I'm working on my fitness and I will be ready in a couple of weeks, if not sooner...     
4       conj   You use if, usually with `can', `could', `may', or `might', at a point in a conversation when you are politely trying to make a point, change the subject, or interrupt another speaker.  
If I could just make another small point about the weightlifters in the Olympics...     
5       conj   You use if at or near the beginning of a clause when politely asking someone to do something.,   (politeness)    I wonder if you'd be kind enough to give us some information, please?     
6       conj   You use if to introduce a subordinate clause in which you admit a fact which you regard as less important than the statement in the main clause.  
If there was any disappointment it was probably temporary...     
7       phrase   You use if not in front of a word or phrase to indicate that your statement does not apply to that word or phrase, but to something closely related to it that you also mention.  
She understood his meaning, if not his words, and took his advice.     
8       phrase   You use if ever with past tenses when you are introducing a description of a person or thing, to emphasize how appropriate it is.,   (emphasis)    I became a distraught, worried mother, a useless role if ever there was one...     
9       phrase   You use if only with past tenses to introduce what you think is a fairly good reason for doing something, although you realize it may not be a very good one.  
She writes me often, if only to scold me because I haven't written to her...     
10       phrase   You use if only to express a wish or desire, especially one that cannot be fulfilled.,   (feelings)    If only you had told me that some time ago...     
11       phrase   You use as if when you are making a judgment about something that you see or notice. Your belief or impression might be correct, or it might be wrong.  
The whole room looks as if it has been lovingly put together over the years...     
12       phrase   You use as if to describe something or someone by comparing them with another thing or person.  
He points two fingers at his head, as if he were holding a gun...     
13       phrase   You use as if to emphasize that something is not true.  
SPOKEN, emphasis   Getting my work done! My God! As if it mattered.     
14    You use `if anything' to introduce something which strengthens or changes the meaning of the statement you have just made, but only in a small or unimportant way.  
if anything      phrase   PHR with cl  
Living together didn't harm our friendship. If anything it strengthened it...     
15    You use `It's not as if' to introduce a statement which, if it were true, might explain something puzzling, although in fact it is not true.  
it's not as if      phrase   V inflects  
I am surprised by the fuss she's making. It's not as if my personality has changed.     
16    You say `if I were you' to someone when you are giving them advice.  
if I were you      phrase   PHR with cl  
If I were you, Mrs Gretchen, I just wouldn't worry about it...     

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make as if, iffy, infer, infix

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underaged girl looking mature, that can thus bring somebody to jail if he is caught in a relationship with her
made with Jail and Bait
a person whose diet consists principally, if not only, of locally grown or produced food
Ex: Having concerns about ecological issues I became a locavore even if I have to make concessions for staples such as coffee, tea, salt or sugar which are difficult to find close to home
someone who re-posts a genuine online listing for a book at an inflated price on another website. If someone buys from the bookjacker, he buys the book from the original seller and provides him with the address of the customer. The bookjacker never sees or handles the book, but collects his margin.
[Bus.] Syn. dropshipper.
If something is contaminatedby dirt, chemicals, or radiation, they make it dirty or harmful.
Unique user’s identity on internet is simply is user life in cyberspace while if user leave no record or trace of his virtual life is virtual death.
verification conducted by police to find out if a person has a criminal record or not.
Usually requested by an individual for new employment, citizenship applications, name changes, etc.
if you can't be arsed to do something, you can't be bothered to do it (you are too lazy to do it)
colloquial, British, very common
is a test process that is performed after the software has been changed in order to verify if the changes didn't affect other software parts
expression used for pointing out that, if you love someone, you accept also things and people dear to the person you love
used for saying that you will be happy if more people come or take part in what you are doing
def.: if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are
if people live in each other's pocket, they spend a lot of time together
albeit although, even if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho' (U.S. or poetic) though <You use albeit to introduce a fact or comment which reduces the force or significance of what you have just said. FORMAL adv ADV with cl/group (=although)
Charles's letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.
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