at
Pronunciation
  • (stressed) enPR: ăt, IPA: /æt/
  • (unstressed) IPA: /ət/
Preposition
  1. In, near, or in the general vicinity of a particular place.
    Caesar was at Rome;  at the corner of Fourth Street and Vine;  at Jim’s house
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
    • 1919, Plutarch, [http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Plutarch/Lives/Cicero*.html Parallel Lives, "The Life of Cicero"], 43 (Bernadotte Perrin, trans.)
      "Hirtius and Pansa, who were good men and admirers of Cicero, begged him not to desert them, and undertook to put down Antony if Cicero would remain at Rome."
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 4:
      (b) sporophyte with foot reduced, the entire sporophyte enveloped by the calyptra, which is ± stipitate at the base.
    • 2016, [https://web.archive.org/web/20170930001420/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-5-where-are-you/3168971.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Today my friend Marsha is at her friend's house.
  2. (indicating time) Indicating occurrence in an instant of time or a period of time relatively short in context or from the speaker's perspective.
    at six o’clock;  at closing time;  at night.
    • 1838, The Family Magazine
      Lafayette was major-general in the American army at the age of 18 […]
    • 2016, [https://web.archive.org/web/20171030003034/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/lets-learn-english-lesson-8-are-you-busy/3253185.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Hi, Anne. Are you busy? — Hi, Anna. Yes. At 10 a.m. I am writing.
  3. In the direction of (often in an unfocused or uncaring manner).
    He threw the ball at me.  He shouted at her.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
  4. Denotes a price.
    3 apples at 2¢ (each)   The offer was at $30,000 before negotiations.
  5. Occupied in (activity).
    men at work
  6. In a state of.
    She is at sixes and sevens with him.  They are at loggerheads over how best to tackle the fiscal cliff.  The city was at the mercy of the occupying forces.
  7. Indicates a position on a scale or in a series.
    Sell at 90.  Tiger finished the round at tenth, seven strokes behind the leaders.  I'm offering it—just to select customers—at cost.
  8. Because of.
    to laugh at a joke   mad at their comments
  9. Indicates a means, method, or manner.
  10. Holding a given speed or rate#English|rate.
    It is growing at the rate of 3% a year.  Cruising along at fifty miles per hour.
  11. (used for skills (including in activities) or areas of knowledge) On the subject of; regarding.
    The twins were both bad at chemistry.
    He slipped at marksmanship over his extended vacation.
    • 2015, Sanyan Stories: Favorites from a Ming Dynasty Collection ISBN 0295805692, page 157:
      She's good at playing musical instruments, singing and dancing, chess, calligraphy, and painting.
  12. (Ireland, stressed pronunciation) Bothering, irritating, causing discomfort to
    • 1995 Keith Wood, quoted in David Hughes, "Wood odds-on to take one against the head ↗", in The Independent (London) 18 January:
      I think `Jesus, my back is at me'. Then I get the ball. Off you go for 10 yards and you don't feel a thing. Then you stop and think: `Jesus, it's at me again'[.]
    • 2014 Marian Keyes "[https://web.archive.org/web/20140203045758/http://www.mariankeyes.com/newsletter/January2014-2?forumboardid=26&forumtopicid=26 Antarctic Diary - Part 2]" personal website (January 2014):
      He seems to be saying. “Ah, go on, you’re making the other lads feel bad.” But the 4th fella says, “No. Don’t be ‘at’ me. I’m just not in the form right now, I’ll stay where I am, thanks.”
Translations Translations
  • French: à
  • German: um
  • Italian: a (+ definite article)
  • Portuguese: a
  • Russian: в
  • Spanish: a
Translations
  • French: vers
  • German: nach, zu
  • Italian: a
  • Portuguese: a
  • Russian: в
  • Spanish: a
Translations
  • French: à
  • Italian: a, di
  • Spanish: a
Translations
  • French: à
  • Italian: a
Noun

at (plural ats)

  1. The at sign (@).
Pronoun
  1. (Northern England, rare, possibly, obsolete) Alternative form of 'at (relative pronoun; reduced form of "that")
    • 1860, Robert Gordon Latham, Song of Solomon, as spoken in Durham [by Thomas Moore], in A hand-book of the English language:
      Tak us t' foxes, t' little foxes at spoils t' veynes: fer our veynes hev tender grapes.
Noun

at (plural ats)

  1. Alternative form of att#English|att Laos currency unit

AT
Noun

at

  1. (software) Initialism of assistive technology
  2. (US, Navy) Initialism of auxiliary tugboat
  3. (US, sports) Initialism of anaerobic threshold
  4. (fan fiction) Initialism of alternate#English|alternate timeline#English|timeline.
  5. (aviation, navigation) Initialism of aerotriangulation
  6. Initialism of appropriate technology#English|appropriate technology.
  7. (firefighting, aviation) Abbreviation of airtanker#English|airtanker. waterbomber
Adjective

at

  1. (military) Initialism of anti-tank



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