[ at; unstressed uht, it ]
/ æt; unstressed ət, ɪt /
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(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 noon;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.
@, a symbol that is used in email addresses to link a username to a domain name, used at the beginning of Twitter handles, and in other identifying designations on the internet.
verb (used with object) @ed or at-ed;@ing or at-ing.
(on social media)
- to tag an account that begins with the symbol @, resulting in a link to that account’s profile and a notification to the user that their account has been explicitly mentioned in someone else’s post: One big celebrity at-ed the restaurant, and suddenly reservations were booked for the next six weeks.
- to include or involve someone, or to call a person out, especially when that person does not want to be involved or singled out: My opinions are my own, so please don’t at my employer about the stuff I write on this site.
- to argue with someone, or dispute someone’s stated views, especially on social media: The sequel was better than the original—don’t at me!
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Idioms about at
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.
Origin of at1
First recorded before 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, Oscan ad-, Umbrian ař-, Old Irish, Gaulish, Phrygian ad-
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[ aht, at ]
/ ɑt, æt /
noun, plural at or ats.
a money of account of Laos, one 100th of a kip.
Origin of at2
First recorded in 1950–55; from Lao; compare Thai ʔàt formerly, a copper coin worth one eighth of a füang, ultimately from Pali aṭṭha eight
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variant of ad- before t: attend.
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How to use at in a sentence
Y a-t-il de plus sal, que la plupart des traits qui se trouvent dans la Thologie portative?Baron d'Holbach|Max Pearson Cushing
Well, she says he did n't say nothin' for a minute an' then he said 'Wh-a-t?'Susan Clegg and a Man in the House|Anne Warner
I think I hear that odious shake on the word "ba-a-t-tle," as it rhymes to "rat—tie," in old Dan's song.Paul Gosslett's Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service|Charles James Lever
Whoever heard of a first-class loafer who did not e-a-t the weed or burn it, or both?
"The passengers' store-room, I bes a-t'inkin'," said another.The Harbor Master|Theodore Goodridge Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for at (1 of 6)
/ (æt) /
used to indicate location or positionare they at the table?; staying at a small hotel
towards; in the direction oflooking at television; throwing stones at windows
used to indicate position in timecome 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 forit's selling at four pounds
used to indicate the object of an emotionangry at the driver; shocked at his behaviour
where it's at slang the real place of action
Word Origin for at
Old English æt; related to Old Norse at to, Latin ad to
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/ (ɑːt, æt) /
noun plural at
a Laotian monetary unit worth one hundredth of a kip
Word Origin for at
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the internet domain name for
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the chemical symbol for
Also: A ampere-turn
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Also: atm atmosphere (unit of pressure)
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Scientific definitions for at
The symbol for astatine.
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