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

Definition of at

 (Entry 1 of 7)

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 This is not supposed to happen at this time of year. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 For Arizona businesses, the land border reopening in November will come at an opportune time. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, 14 Oct. 2021 Zaporozhets at the time was working from his house in Ukraine that lacked running water. Devon Pendleton, Fortune, 14 Oct. 2021 The requirement comes at a pivotal time for BART, which has seen ridership steadily come back, particularly on weekends, as pandemic restrictions have been lifted and vaccine rates increase across the region. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 King wasn't in the home at the time of the shooting. Arkansas Online, 14 Oct. 2021 Align your campaign with individual needs to build stronger relationships and deliver the right message at the right time. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Kristin Smallwood Henderson, 35, was nine months pregnant with Henderson’s child at the time of the killings. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 14 Oct. 2021 There were also two drivers in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 14 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His 22 hits this month match his output from June in just over half the at-bats. Mike Mavredakis, courant.com, 19 July 2021 Those who want their Ryzen 5000 CPU in a stylish, lightweight package should add HP's new Pavilion Aero 13 to their look-at list. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 29 June 2021 His first and second at-bats in Thursday's early game produced a 105.1 mph exit velocity (line out to shortstop) and 108.7 mph exit velocity (double), respectively. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 29 Apr. 2021 Singer hired Gelbman for the at-will position, but Sheen terminated his employment a month later, the documents state, prompting the mayoral candidate’s lawsuit. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 27 Apr. 2021 All the at-bats in that inning to get me into that situation really speaks a lot of our team there. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2021 In addition, the at-will employee structure lends to adjuncts’ disposability. Janice Gassam Asare, Forbes, 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, 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, 11 Sep. 2020

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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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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 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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