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English definition of “at”


preposition (PLACE)    weak /ət/ strong /æt/
A1 used to show an exact position or particular place : We'll meet you at the entrance . That bit at the beginning of the film was brilliant . She's sitting at the table in the corner . She was standing at the top of the stairs . The dog came and lay down at (= next to) my feet . There's someone at the door (= someone is outside and wants to come in). We spent the afternoon at a football match . I enjoyed my three years at university . I called her but she was at lunch (= away, eating her lunch ).In and at Grammar:AtAt is a preposition. We use at to refer to time or place. We also use it to refer to activities.Grammar:At: timeWe use at to talk about points in time, ages and some periods of time:Grammar:At: placeWe use at to describe a position or location seen as a point:Grammar:At: group activitiesWe use at to refer to activities which involve a group of people:Grammar:Good at, bad atWe use adjective + at to talk about things that we do well or badly:Grammar:At: numbersIn specific contexts, we use at with numbers.Grammar:At: directionWe use at after a verb when we are talking about directing something towards another person or thing, often with verbs of perception and communication (smile at, shout at, wave at):Grammar:At or at theWhen we talk about buildings, we often use at the to refer to the building itself. When we refer to the activity that happens in the building, we don’t use the after at or in:Grammar:At: typical errorsGrammar:At, in and to (movement)We use to when we are talking about movement in the direction of a point, place, or position:Grammar:At, on and in (place)We use at:
(Definition of at preposition (PLACE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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