at Definition

  • 1expressing location or arrival in a particular place or position
  • 2expressing the time when an event takes place
  • 3used to indicate the person or thing to whom something is ascribed or with whom something is associated

Using at: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "at" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm at the store.

  • Example

    The party starts at 8 pm.

  • Example

    The painting is by Van Gogh at the museum.

Phrases with at

  • responsible for a mistake or problem


    The driver was found to be at fault for the accident.

  • in danger of harm or loss


    The company's financial situation put it at risk of bankruptcy.

  • relaxed and comfortable


    He felt more at ease after talking to his friend.

Origins of at

from Old English 'æt'


Summary: at in Brief

'At' [æt] is a preposition used to express location, time, or association. It is commonly used in phrases like 'at fault,' meaning responsible for a mistake, 'at risk,' meaning in danger, and 'at ease,' meaning relaxed. Examples include 'I'm at the store' and 'The party starts at 8 pm.'

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