- used to indicate location or position: are they at the table?, staying at a small hotel
- towards; in the direction of: looking at television, throwing stones at windows
- used to indicate position in time: come at three o'clock
- engaged in; in a state of (being): children at play, stand at ease, he is at his most charming today
- (in expressions concerned with habitual activity) during the passing of (esp in the phrase at night): he used to work at night
- for; in exchange for: it's selling at four pounds
- used to indicate the object of an emotion: angry at the driver, shocked at his behaviour
- where it's at ⇒ slang the real place of action
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
- (used to indicate a point, place, or location, as an address):We met at the library.
- (used to indicate a point of time):It happened at midnight.
- (used to indicate a location or position on a scale, or in order):The temperature is at zero.
- (used to indicate an occurrence or when something happens):At low tide the waves aren't dangerous.
- (used to indicate amount, degree, or rate):went at great speed.
- (used to indicate a direction, goal, or an attempt to do something or reach something):Look at that; aimed at the target.
- (used to indicate occupation or involvement):watching the children at play.
- (used to indicate a state or condition):at peace with the world.
- (used to indicate how something is done or accomplished):They held me up at gunpoint.
- (used to indicate a cause or source):amazed at his skill.
- (used to indicate relative quality or value):I'll sell it to you at cost.
- (used to indicate a point or place occupied in space);
in, on, or near:to stand at the door; at the bottom of the barrel.
- (used to indicate a location or position, as in time, on a scale, or in order):at zero; at age 65;at the end;at the lowest point.
- (used to indicate presence or location):at home; at hand.
- (used to indicate amount, degree, or rate):at great speed; at high altitudes.
- (used to indicate a direction, goal, or objective);
toward:Aim at the mark. Look at that.
- (used to indicate occupation or involvement):at work; at play.
- (used to indicate a state or condition):at ease; at peace.
- (used to indicate a cause or source):She was annoyed at his stupidity.
- (used to indicate a method or manner):He spoke at length.
- (used to indicate relative quality or value):at one's best; at cost.
- be at (someone), to be sexually aggressive toward (a person):She's pregnant again because he's at her morning, noon, and night.
- where it's at, [Informal.]the place where the most interesting or exciting things happen:Emma says that Rome is definitely where it's at now.
- a pre-Hellenic Indo-European substratum language), Oscan, Old Irish, Gaulish, Phrygian ad-
- bef. 900; Middle English; Old English æt; cognate with Old Frisian et, Old Norse, Old Saxon, Gothic at, Old High German az, Latin, Old Welsh, Old Breton ad, Greek a- (
at2 (ät, at),USA pronunciation n.
- Pali aṭṭha eight
- Lao; compare Thai ʔàt formerly, a copper coin worth one eighth of a füang, ultimately
- achievement test.
At, [Symbol, Chem.]
- attainment target
- Also: atm atmosphere (unit of pressure)