Definition of — as we know it in English:

— as we know it


  • As is familiar or customary in the present.

    ‘by the year 2000 management as we know it will not exist’
    • ‘We are witnessing the information revolution that will change the media as we know it.’
    • ‘Does the advent of downloading herald the demise of the album format as we know it - a tangible sequence of songs selected, ordered and packaged according to the intentions of the artist?’
    • ‘This level of remuneration did not result in the collapse of the book trade as we know it.’
    • ‘It's a fascinating, gritty look at the world as we know it.’
    • ‘If we do nothing, the world as we know it will grind to a halt.’
    • ‘For it is clear that should these ambitious plans come to fruition, then what emerges will be nothing like a hospital as we know it.’
    • ‘We would like to keep the fabric of the village together, but if these schemes go ahead it will spell the end of the village as we know it.’
    • ‘Without such pioneers putting their work into the public domain, the Internet as we know it would not exist.’
    • ‘If some radical predictions come true, the office as we know it could become something of a rarity in years to come.’
    • ‘We are just beginning to understand the legacy of pollution and toxic waste, just beginning to realize that, while the human race as we know it might be wiped out, life will resurface, life will adapt and change.’