at least


    Definition of at least in English Dictionary

  • Preposition
    1. (focus) At the least; at a minimum or lower limit.
      1. I couldn't count them all, but I think there must have been at least 500 people in attendance.
    2. In any event; anyway.
    3. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • I had no concept of the secret truth of stepparenting: that you must win their hearts again and again, every morning, every night, for at least the first five years.
        • Admiral Buzby’s report describes an array of digital video recorders used to capture “activities” — it does not specify whether interrogations are included — in at least four subcamps at Guantánamo.
        • Miss Thorn began digging up the turf with her lofter: it was a painful moment for me. ¶ “You might at least have tried me, Mrs. Cooke,” I said.
      2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
        • At least he didn't suffer when he died in the car crash. ‎
        • At least it is accepted that the traditional view is not fully and universally accepted. There are still rooms for doubt.
        • At least the entry set of Stately Wayne Manor was tweaked slightly to make it more moviesque. And the cast visits the real house for the only time.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Phrases
        • Prepositional phrases
        • Adverbs
          • Focus adverbs
          • Prepositions
            • Prepositional phrases

          Other Vocabulary

          Look-Alike Words
          1. en at last
          2. en at rest
          3. en at best
          4. en at ease
          5. en at heart
          Source: Wiktionary
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          Meaning of at least for the defined word.

          Grammatically, this idiom "at least" is a phrase, more specifically, a prepositional phrase. It's also an adverb, more specifically, a focus adverb. It's also a preposition, more specifically, a prepositional phrase.
          Definiteness: Level 6
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