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at
American English: /æt/
, /ət/
British English: /at/
, /ət/

Translation of at in Spanish:

preposition

  • 1 (indicating location, position) she was waiting at the door/restaurant
    estaba esperando en la puerta/el restaurante
    at Daniel's
    en casa de Daniel
    donde Daniel
    en lo de Daniel (River Plate area)
    I stayed at a hotel
    me quedé en un hotel
    we were at church
    estábamos en la iglesia
    to be at the table o [formal]at table
    estar sentados a la mesa
    don't call me at the office
    no me llames a la oficina
    at the back o rear of the house
    al fondo de la casa
    who was at the wedding?
    ¿quién estuvo en la boda?
    where we're/they're/it's at [colloquial]I want some figures that'll tell us exactly where we're at
    quiero cifras que nos digan exactamente cómo andamos
    Example sentences
    • Responsibility for providing services at the airport is shared between the airport and the airline.
    • She went back to her job as a teacher while I stayed at home with Louise.
    • He made his first professional stage appearance in George Bernard Shaw's ‘The Devil's Disciple’ at the Gaiety Theatre.
  • 3 (indicating direction) See examples: to point at something/somebody
    señalar algo/a alguien
    she aimed the gun at him
    le apuntó con la pistola
    look out, someone's shooting at us!
    ¡cuidado, nos están disparando!
    they were throwing stones at him
    le estaban tirando piedras
    he smiled at me/her
    me/le sonrió
    she was screaming at me to come back
    me estaba gritando que volviera
    he banged at the door with his fists
    aporreó la puerta con los puños
    Example sentences
    • As he entered the clubhouse he glanced at the pictures of famous yachts that hang on the walls.
    • How old was your baby when she smiled at you for the first time?
    • At the same moment, they shone a torch at me to identify me.
  • 4 (indicating time) See examples: at 6 o'clock
    a las seis
    you can't call at this time!
    ¡no puedes llamar a esta hora or a estas horas!
    at noon/nightfall
    a mediodía/al anochecer
    at Christmas
    por Navidades (Spain)
    at night
    por la noche
    at this stage in the game
    a esta altura del partido
    at that very moment
    en ese mismo momento
    at a later date
    en fecha posterior [formal]
    at the last count
    en el último recuento
    where did you go at lunchtime?
    ¿dónde fuiste a la hora de comer?
    at your age
    a tu edad
    he left home at the age of 20
    se fue de casa a los 20 años
    Example sentences
    • In the United States, more than 10,000 retailers across the country are opening their doors at midnight tonight solely to sell copies of the game and accessories.
    • William appeared at half-past twelve.
    • There will be a complete blackout tonight at eleven o'clock.
    Example sentences
    • At Christmas we're always surrounded by lots of lovely food and drink.
    • Schools should lock children in at lunchtime to boost take-up of canteen meals, a catering expert claimed yesterday.
    • If you know of someone who is thinking of purchasing a rabbit at Easter, let them know it's a bad idea.
  • 5 5.1 (indicating state) See examples: at a disadvantage
    en desventaja
    at war/peace
    en guerra/paz
    he wasn't at ease in her presence
    no se sentía a gusto en su presencia
    traffic in town is at a standstill
    el tráfico de la ciudad está paralizado
    at the mercy of the weather
    a merced del tiempo
    at your disposal/command
    a su disposición/sus órdenes
    5.2 (occupied with) See examples: people at work
    gente trabajando
    children at play
    niños jugando
    she's at dinner
    está cenando
    what are you at?
    ¿qué haces?
    ¿en qué andas? [colloquial]
    to be at it [colloquial]she's been hard at it studying all morning
    ha estado toda la mañana dale que dale or (in Spain also) dale que te pego estudiando [colloquial]
    the neighbors are hard at it again!
    ¡ya están otra vez los vecinos dale que dale or (in Spain also) dale que te pego!
    the children are at it again!
    ¡los niños han vuelto a empezar!
    while you're at it you can wipe the table
    ya que estás (en ello) pásale un trapo a la mesa
    to be at somethingI know she's been at my things
    sé que ha estado hurgando en mis cosas
    Joe's been at the brandy again
    Joe le ha vuelto a dar al brandy [colloquial]
    to be (on) at somebody
    darle la lata a alguien [colloquial]
    his wife's been on at him to stop smoking
    su mujer le ha estado dando la lata para que deje de fumar
    Example sentences
    • I could not be really happy or be at peace living like that.
    • That way I can record shows and listen to them at my leisure.
    • Candidates with exposure to international trade and two years of editorial/writing experience in the electronics/computer industry would be at an advantage.
  • 6 6.1 (with measurements, numbers, rates etc) See examples: I'd put the crowd at 2,000
    yo diría que habría unas 2.000 personas
    they sell them at around $80/at half price
    las venden a alrededor de $80/a mitad de precio
    three at a time
    de tres en tres
    we sold it at a higher price
    lo vendimos más caro
    at 80 mph/100 degrees
    a 80 mph/100 grados
    to do something at a run
    hacer algo corriendo
    at a trot at high temperatures
    a altas temperaturas
    at a staggering seven foot two inches, she is the country's tallest woman athlete
    con la asombrosa estatura de siete pies y dos pulgadas, es la atleta más alta del país
    at a depth of 200m
    a una profundidad de 200m
    6.2 (with superlative) See examples: at worst I'll have to give up my job
    lo peor que puede pasar es que tenga que dejar el trabajo
    at the soonest
    como muy pronto
    at the latest he was at his most amusing
    estuvo más divertido que nunca or de lo más divertido
    bureaucracy at its most exasperating
    la burocracia en su forma más exasperante
    French cooking at its best
    lo mejor de la cocina francesa
    abstract art at its best
    el arte abstracto en su expresión más depurada
    Example sentences
    • Prices start at £145 for 3 nights for 2 people for our winter weekends in Keeper's Cottage.
    • Water boils at one hundred degrees Celsius and at this point changes phase to become a gas, or steam.
    • Electrons move at a speed of a few kilometres per second through a circuit, whereas light travels at nearly 300,000 kilometres per second.
  • 7 (because of) See examples: he was surprised at the decision
    le sorprendió la decisión
    she smiled at their antics
    sus travesuras le hicieron gracia
    no one laughed at the joke
    nadie se rió con el chiste
    don't laugh at me!
    ¡no te rías de mí!
    they cried at the news
    lloraron al enterarse de la noticia
    they fled at the sound of footsteps
    huyeron al oír pasos
    I faint at the sight of blood
    me desmayo al ver sangre or cuando veo sangre
    at somebody's request
    a petición or (in Latin America also) a pedido de alguien
    I did it at his insistence
    lo hice porque él insistió
    his spirits rose at the thought of …
    se le levantaba el ánimo al pensar …
  • 8 (concerning) See examples: she's good at her job
    hace bien su trabajo
    she's hopeless at anything practical
    es absolutamente negada para las cosas prácticas
    she's poor at French/Physics
    no es muy buena en francés/física
    he's terrible at making speeches
    es un pésimo orador
    I'm bad at organizing things
    no sirvo para organizar cosas
    he's upset someone else now — yes, he's good at that
    ha vuelto a disgustar a alguien — sí, se especializa en eso or (Southern Cone) para eso es mandado a hacer
    Example sentences
    • Women are said to be poor at reading maps.
    • I was never any good at sports.
    • You're still going to need to be really good at what you do just to accomplish that.

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