noun (plural As or A's)
from A to B
- From one’s starting point to one’s destination: most road atlases will get you from A to BMore example sentences
- The drivers are not concentrating and just going from A to B to distribute the goods.
- She said: ‘People will still be able to get from A to B - it may just take them that bit longer.’
- We need to put all the other things to one side and get from A to B safely at the appropriate speed.
from A to Z
- Over the entire range; completely: make sure you understand the subject from A to ZMore example sentences
- The person has to fit from A to Z or else they're just not wanted.
- Most of my work has been in the comedy genre, so it's a dream role to get a chance to play a character that has a trajectory from A to Z.
- They moved in with a heavy barrage of speculation from A to Z.
- One’s original plan or strategy: plan A having gone horribly wrong, Ferguson used the interval to change his formation Compare with plan B.
- 1Used when referring to someone or something for the first time in a text or conversation: a man came out of the room it has been an honor to have you we need people with a knowledge of languages Compare with the.More example sentences
- Bob's conducting a three-year internet romance with a girl he's never met.
- He has also written an opera and translated Dante's Inferno in order to produce an illustrated book of it.
- Children need a place for their computer equipment, and parents need closet space for their clothing.
- 1.1Used with units of measurement to mean one such unit: a hundred a quarter of an hourMore example sentences
- I sent off an e-mail, just an hour ago, and he's already got me back online.
- About a mile further down the road, another dog ran out in front of the taxi.
- I stopped to pick up a gallon of milk on my way home from work.
- 1.2 [with negative] One single; any: I simply haven’t a thing to wearMore example sentences
- Incensed at the fiasco, I went back to the website to try and find a telephone number to call - not a thing!
- I think there's not a person born that doesn't have a gift to offer in some way.
- I had to own up to the fact that I'd never read a word by Crofts.
- 1.3Used when mentioning the name of someone not known to the speaker: a Mr. Smith telephonedMore example sentences
- She was born in about 1670, the daughter of a Mr Freeman of Holbeach in Lincolnshire.
- He was sent two poems from a Miss Ethel Malley, who wrote saying they were found among her brother's possessions after his death.
- Does anyone know a Mr Daeller?
- 1.4Someone like (the name specified): you’re no better than a HitlerMore example sentences
- Called a Judas by his countrymen, he received an elbow from another player, and left the pitch injured.
- What he lacks is the charisma of an Olivier, whose epochal Coriolanus is dazzlingly evoked in two pages of Kenneth Tynan's Curtains.
- You need the methods of a Roosevelt.
- 2Used to indicate membership of a class of people or things: he is a lawyer this car is a BMWMore example sentences
- She's a banker, married to a stockbroker, and they have a daughter about the same age as Amy.
- My mom's a pharmacist and my dad's a realtor.
- Lilly is a Siamese cat who survived a two-week cross-country move while stuck in a drawer.
- 3Used when expressing rates or ratios; in, to, or for each; per: typing 60 words a minute cost as much as eight dollars a dozenMore example sentences
- The truckers are angry at the rise in diesel prices, which currently average 81.3p a litre.
- The price of gold rose last week to $309 an ounce - and at one point was $312, its highest for two years.
- You can't drive over five miles an hour down any street in New York.
Middle English: weak form of Old English ān 'one'.
1 The article a can be pronounced either /ā/, when stressed (“He gave you a flower?”—that is, only one flower), or /ə/, when unstressed (“He gave you a flower?”—that is, the emphasis is on flower, not on the number of flowers). The form an is used before words beginning with a vowel sound. 2 On the question of using a or an before words beginning with h, see also an (usage).
More definitions of ADefinition of a in:
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