Meaning of “at” - Learner’s Dictionary


preposition uk us strong /æt/ weak /ət/

A1 used to show the place or position of something or someone:

We met at the station.
She was sitting at the table.
She's at the library.

A1 used to show the time something happens:

The meeting starts at three.

A1 towards or in the direction of:

She threw the ball at him.
He's always shouting at the children.

B1 used after an adjective to show a person's ability to do something:

He's good at making friends.
I've always been useless at tennis.

A2 used to show the cause of something, especially a feeling:

We were surprised at the news.

B2 used to show the price, speed, level, etc of something:


used to show a state or activity:

She was hard at work when I arrived.
a country at war

A1 the @ symbol, used in email addresses to separate the name of a person, department, etc from the name of the organization or company

(Definition of “at” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)