at

1
[ at; unstressed uh t, it ]
/ æt; unstressed ət, ɪt /

preposition

Idioms

    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 at

1
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, Greek a- (< a pre-Hellenic IE substratum language), Oscan, Old Irish, Gaulish, Phrygian ad-

Definition for where it's at (2 of 2)

Origin of where

before 900; Middle English quher, wher, Old English hwǣr; cognate with Dutch waar, Old High German hwār; akin to Old Norse hvar, Gothic hwar
Can be confusedwe're were wherewhere wherefore (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

Whereat ( Where was he at? ) and whereto ( Where is this leading to? ) are often criticized as redundant because neither at nor to adds anything to the meaning of where, and sentences like the preceding ones are perfectly clear and standard without the final at or to. This criticism does not apply to wherefrom, which is fully standard: Where does the money come from? The constructions whereat and whereto occur in the speech of educated people but are rare in formal speech and edited writing.
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British Dictionary definitions for where it's at (1 of 6)

At


the chemical symbol for

astatine

symbol for

Also: A ampere-turn

British Dictionary definitions for where it's at (2 of 6)

AT


abbreviation for

attainment target

British Dictionary definitions for where it's at (3 of 6)

at

1
/ (æt) /

preposition

Word Origin for at

Old English æt; related to Old Norse at to, Latin ad to

British Dictionary definitions for where it's at (4 of 6)

at

2
/ (ɑːt, æt) /

noun plural at

a Laotian monetary unit worth one hundredth of a kip

Word Origin for at

from Thai

British Dictionary definitions for where it's at (5 of 6)

at

3

the internet domain name for

Austria

British Dictionary definitions for where it's at (6 of 6)

where

/ (wɛə) /

adverb

  1. in, at, or to what place, point, or position?where are you going?
  2. (used in indirect questions)I don't know where they are
in, at, or to which (place)the hotel where we spent our honeymoon
(subordinating) in the place at whichwhere we live it's always raining

noun

(usually plural) a question as to the position, direction, or destination of something

Word Origin for where

Old English hwǣr, hwār (a); related to Old Frisian hwēr, Old Saxon, Old High German hwār, Old Norse, Gothic hvar

usage

It was formerly considered incorrect to use where as a substitute for in which after a noun which did not refer to a place or position, but this use has now become acceptable: we now have a situation where/in which no further action is needed
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Medicine definitions for where it's at

At


The symbol for the elementastatine
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Science definitions for where it's at

At


The symbol for astatine.
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Idioms and Phrases with where it's at (1 of 2)

where it's at


Also, where the action is. The key center of activity; where important things are happening. For example, He decided to set up his store here, convinced that this is where it's at, or I'm going into the brokerage business; that's where the action is these days. The action or activity in this phrase can relate to just about anything—financial, political, social, or commercial. [Slang; c. 1960]

Idioms and Phrases with where it's at (2 of 2)

where


In addition to the idioms beginning with where

  • where do we go from here
  • where it's at
  • where one is coming from
  • where one lives
  • where there's a will, there's a way
  • where there's smoke

also see:

  • close to home (hit where one lives)
  • fools rush in where angels fear to tread
  • give credit (where credit is due)
  • know where one stands
  • let the chips fall where they may
  • not know where to turn
  • put one's money where one's mouth is
  • take up where one left off
  • tell someone where to get off
  • this is where I came in
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