\ 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 near staying at a hotelat a partysick at heart
2 used as a function word to indicate the goal of an indicated or implied action or motion aim at the targetcreditors are at him again
3 used as a function word to indicate that with which one is occupied or employed at workat the controlsgood at chess
4 used as a function word to indicate situation in an active or passive state or condition at libertyat rest
5 used as a function word to indicate the means, cause, or manner sold 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 series the temperature at 90at first
b used as a function word to indicate age or position in time will 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 @ me It 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 A year ago at this time, he was still considered the front-runner to succeed to current Los Angeles Rams player as OSU’s starter. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Can Josh Proctor bring Ohio State football the free safety stability it needs?," 5 Apr. 2021 More:Readers say laminating your COVID-19 vaccination card may not be best idea: Here's why This comes at a time when the state is a hotbed for COVID-19 cases. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Replay: Mayor Duggan update on Detroit's COVID-19 response," 5 Apr. 2021 No arrests have been made, although police are urging the people who were in the park at the time of the shooting to come forward. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "One killed and four children shot during Alabama park Easter shootout," 5 Apr. 2021 Bestiality didn’t concern me: men and bears, at the time, equally inhabited the realm of myth. Claire Cameron, The New Yorker, "“Bear” Is About Much More Than Having Sex with a Bear," 5 Apr. 2021 Minneapolis police Inspector Katie Blackwell, commander of the training division at the time of Floyd’s death, also took the stand Monday. Amy Forliti, Anchorage Daily News, "Officer’s kneeling on George Floyd’s neck violated department policy, Minneapolis police chief says," 5 Apr. 2021 About 150 people were in the park at the time of the shooting, Buckner said. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, "Man shot and killed after basketball game at Grassy Creek Park," 5 Apr. 2021 The Long Beach facility, which has 400,000 square feet of space, would ramp up to hold as many as 1,000 children at a time. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, "Long Beach Convention Center tapped to hold 1,000 migrant children," 5 Apr. 2021 Seven people in the group were hooked on heroin at the time. Mandy Oaklander, Time, "Inside Ibogaine, One of the Most Promising and Perilous Psychedelics for Addiction," 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition, the at-will employee structure lends to adjuncts’ disposability. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, "Academia Is Not Doing Enough To Support Black Professors: A Black Queer Non-Binary Femme’s Story Of Being Pushed Out Of The Ivory Tower," 26 Feb. 2021 Low-level employees bear the brunt of the at-will doctrine, here in Minnesota and elsewhere, especially during the pandemic, as furloughs, layoffs and job terminations have moved them from the workplace into the ranks of the unemployed. Star Tribune, "COVID sparks more job protection for workers," 17 Jan. 2021 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

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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 10 Apr. 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
\ ət How to pronounce at (audio) , at \

Kids Definition of at

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 balllaughed at me
3 used to indicate position or condition at rest
4 used to tell how or why sold at auctionangry at his answer
5 used to indicate time, age, or position on a scale ate 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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