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at

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preposition \ ət , ˈat \

Definition of at

1 used as a function word to indicate presence or occurrence in, on, or near
  • staying at a hotel
  • at a party
  • sick at heart
2 used as a function word to indicate the goal of an indicated or implied action or motion
  • aim at the target
  • creditors are at him again
3 used as a function word to indicate that with which one is occupied or employed
  • at work
  • at the controls
  • good at chess
4 used as a function word to indicate situation in an active or passive state or condition
  • at liberty
  • at rest
5 used as a function word to indicate the means, cause, or manner
  • sold at auction
  • laughed at my joke
  • act at your own discretion
6 a used as a function word to indicate the rate, degree, or position in a scale or series
  • the temperature at 90
  • at first
b used as a function word to indicate age or position in time
  • will retire at 65

Origin and Etymology of at

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


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noun \ ˈät \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of at

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

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Origin and Etymology of at

Lao


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at

abbreviation

Definition of at

1 airtight
2 atmosphere
3 atomic

At

symbol

Definition of At

astatine

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


AT

abbreviation

Definition of AT

1 air temperature
2 ampere-turn
3 automatic transmission

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


at-

Definition of at-

— see ad-

AT Defined for English Language Learners

at

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preposition

Definition of at for English Language Learners

  • —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


AT Defined for Kids

at

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preposition \ ət , at \

Definition of at for Students

1 used to indicate a particular place or time
  • They'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 aimed
  • swinging at the ball
  • laughed at me
3 used to indicate position or condition
  • at rest
4 used to tell how or why
  • sold at auction
  • angry at his answer
5 used to indicate time, age, or position on a scale
  • ate at noon
  • temperate at 90 degrees

Medical Dictionary

at

abbreviation

medical Definition of at

airtight

At

symbol

medical Definition of At

astatine

AT

abbreviation

medical Definition of AT

1 assistive technology
2 usually A-T ataxia-telangiectasia

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