\ ət, ˈat How to pronounce at (audio) \

Definition of at

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1 used as a function word to indicate presence or occurrence in, on, or nearstaying at a hotelat a partysick at heart
2 used as a function word to indicate the goal of an indicated or implied action or motionaim at the targetcreditors are at him again
3 used as a function word to indicate that with which one is occupied or employedat workat the controlsgood at chess
4 used as a function word to indicate situation in an active or passive state or conditionat libertyat rest
5 used as a function word to indicate the means, cause, or mannersold at auctionlaughed at my jokeact at your own discretion
6a used as a function word to indicate the rate, degree, or position in a scale or seriesthe temperature at 90at first
b used as a function word to indicate age or position in timewill retire at 65


\ ˈät How to pronounce at (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
plural at also att

Definition of at (Entry 2 of 7)

: a monetary subunit of the kip — see kip at Money Table

Definition of at (Entry 3 of 7)

1 airtight
2 atmosphere
3 atomic



Definition of at (Entry 4 of 7)

less common spelling of @ entry 2

transitive verb

: to respond to, challenge, or disparage the claim or opinion of (someone) usually used in the phrase don't @ meIt goes without saying that Lucille Ball's comedic timing is unmatched—don't @ me, you'll be wrong.— Matt BrennanI'll cut right to the chase: Men should be able to wear makeup, don't at me.— Carine Green

Definition of At (Entry 5 of 7)


Definition of AT (Entry 6 of 7)

1 air temperature
2 ampere-turn
3 usually A-T ataxia-telangiectasia … joined the fight to find a cure for ataxia-telangiectasia, also known as A-T, a rare but deadly genetic disease that currently afflicts about 600 U.S. children, causing neurological deterioration and usually proving fatal by their 20s.— Thomas Fields-Meyer
4 automatic transmission



Definition of at- (Entry 7 of 7)

— see ad-

Examples of at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition The rolling seven-day average of new cases now stands at 1,534 per day, down from Wednesday’s record of 1,568. Andres Picon, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio breaks COVID-19 hospitalization record for third time this week," 7 Jan. 2021 An official who answered the phone at the academy Tuesday afternoon declined to comment on the incident. Kaylee Remington, cleveland, "East Cleveland police officers shoot and kill man during pursuit that ended in car fire, chief says," 6 Jan. 2021 Both programs will now last at least an additional 11 weeks, from Dec. 27 through March 14, which means the 39-week benefit limit for PEUC has been increased to 50 weeks. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "When will the extra $300 in unemployment benefits start? These states are already paying the bonus," 6 Jan. 2021 The vacancy rate for those property owners stands at 16.3%, although some landlords have more than 25% of their portfolio vacant. J.k. Dineen, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus pandemic keeping San Francisco apartments empty, rents low," 5 Jan. 2021 Forward Jeremy Ebobisse and midfielder Eryk Williamson of the Portland Timbers have been called up by the Under-23 U.S. men’s national team for a two-week camp from Jan. 9-24 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers’ Jeremy Ebobisse, Eryk Williamson called up to U-23 U.S. men’s national team camp," 5 Jan. 2021 Meanwhile, the powers that be over at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are said to be considering an in-person Oscars, which have also been postponed to the end of April. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "The 2021 Oscars: All Your Questions, Answered," 5 Jan. 2021 The lockdown is expected to last through at least mid-February. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Harry Potter Actress Jessie Cave's 11-Week-Old Son Is Hospitalized with COVID-19," 5 Jan. 2021 No matter how skilled the teacher, and how clever the lesson plans, most kids would find at least some academic work utter drudgery. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "How to remotivate kids for more distant learning," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is because every state except Montana is an at-will state, meaning employers can fire workers for any reason that isn't protected by anti-discrimination provisions or other exceptions. Robert Kuznia, CNN, "Lawsuits reveal just how fraught the workplace has become in the age of Covid-19," 11 Sep. 2020 Batjer said Stebbins’ future as an at-will employee was based on the findings of the SPB report. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "California utilities commission fires its executive director," 31 Aug. 2020 Both have posted on their Instagram feed photos of them roaming the Parisian streets and sitting front-row at shows like Ralph And Russo, Lanvin, Alyx Studio and more. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade Make A Stop At Paris Fashion Week For #WadeWorldTour," 22 Jan. 2020 However, there will be a bit of mix and match at play as well. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor: Winners at War will feature all classic challenges from the past," 18 Jan. 2020 The employer may also benefit from terminating the employee under employment at will or for loss of confidence or lack of trust, phrases less volatile than theft. Anchorage Daily News, "My boss told me to admit to something I didn’t do — or quit. I resigned, and I’m struggling to move on.," 13 Jan. 2020 Grab a seat at the bar along with a plate of pommes dauphine stuffed with trout roe and then order at will. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette Offers a Tasting Menu for the Climate-Conscious Era," 7 Nov. 2019 Think of at is a fashionable, exercise-free version of the polar swim. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The $225 Outdoor Shower Designers Are Obsessed With," 26 Apr. 2019 After learning the at was leased to the nearby Windmill Dinner Theatre, police asked the theater’s manager, Ed Beck, to identify the corpse. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "The tragic, unsolved murder of Hogan's Heroes star Bob Crane," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of at


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for at


Middle English, from Old English æt; akin to Old High German az at, Latin ad



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“At.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of at

used to indicate the place where someone or something is
used to indicate the person or thing toward which an action, motion, or feeling is directed or aimed
used to indicate something that is being tried or attempted
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Kids Definition of at

1 used to indicate a particular place or timeThey're at the door.Be here at six.
2 used to indicate the person or thing toward which an action, motion, or feeling is directed or aimedswinging at the balllaughed at me
3 used to indicate position or conditionat rest
4 used to tell how or whysold at auctionangry at his answer
5 used to indicate time, age, or position on a scaleate at noontemperate at 90 degrees

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Medical Definition of AT (Entry 3 of 3)

1 assistive technology
2 usually A-T ataxia-telangiectasia

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