prepositions starting with A

A (prep.) In; on; at; by.

A (prep.) In process of; in the act of; into; to; -- used with verbal substantives in -ing which begin with a consonant. This is a shortened form of the preposition an (which was used before the vowel sound); as in a hunting, a building, a begging.

Abaft (prep.) Behind; toward the stern from; as, abaft the wheelhouse.

Aboard (prep.) On board of; as, to go aboard a ship.

Aboard (prep.) Across; athwart.

Aboon (prep.) and adv. Above.

About (prep.) Around; all round; on every side of.

About (prep.) In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).

About (prep.) Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.

About (prep.) Near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity.

About (prep.) In concern with; engaged in; intent on.

About (prep.) On the point or verge of; going; in act of.

About (prep.) Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching.

Above (prep.) In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; -- opposed to below or beneath.

Above (prep.) Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; beyond; higher in measure or degree than; as, things above comprehension; above mean actions; conduct above reproach.

Above (prep.) Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense. See Above, adv., 4.)

Adown (prep.) Down.

Afore (prep.) Before (in all its senses).

Afore (prep.) Before; in front of; farther forward than; as, afore the windlass.

Afront (prep.) In front of.

After (prep.) Behind in place; as, men in

After (prep.) Below in rank; next to in order.

After (prep.) Later in time; subsequent; as, after supper, after three days. It often precedes a clause. Formerly that was interposed between it and the clause.

After (prep.) Subsequent to and in consequence of; as, after what you have said, I shall be careful.

After (prep.) Subsequent to and notwithstanding; as, after all our advice, you took that course.

After (prep.) Moving toward from behind; following, in search of; in pursuit of.

After (prep.) Denoting the aim or object; concerning; in relation to; as, to look after workmen; to inquire after a friend; to thirst after righteousness.

After (prep.) In imitation of; in conformity with; after the manner of; as, to make a thing after a model; a picture after Rubens; the boy takes after his father.

After (prep.) According to; in accordance with; in conformity with the nature of; as, he acted after his kind.

After (prep.) According to the direction and influence of; in proportion to; befitting.

Again (prep.) Alt. of Agains

Agains (prep.) Against; also, towards (in order to meet).

Against (prep.) Abreast; opposite to; facing; towards; as, against the mouth of a river; -- in this sense often preceded by over.

Against (prep.) From an opposite direction so as to strike or come in contact with; in contact with; upon; as, hail beats against the roof.

Against (prep.) In opposition to, whether the opposition is of sentiment or of action; on the other side; counter to; in contrariety to; hence, adverse to; as, against reason; against law; to run a race against time.

Against (prep.) By of before the time that; in preparation for; so as to be ready for the time when.

Aloft (prep.) Above; on top of.

Along (prep.) By the length of, as distinguished from across.

Aloof (prep.) Away from; clear from.

Amid (prep.) See Amidst.

Amidst (prep.) Alt. of Amid

Amid (prep.) In the midst or middle of; surrounded or encompassed by; among.

Among (prep.) Alt. of Amongst

Amongst (prep.) Mixed or mingled; surrounded by.

Amongst (prep.) Conjoined, or associated with, or making part of the number of; in the number or class of.

Amongst (prep.) Expressing a relation of dispersion, distribution, etc.; also, a relation of reciprocal action.

Around (prep.) On all sides of; encircling; encompassing; so as to make the circuit of; about.

Around (prep.) From one part to another of; at random through; about; on another side of; as, to travel around the country; a house standing around the corner.

Aslant (prep.) In a slanting direction over; athwart.

At (prep.) Primarily, this word expresses the relations of presence, nearness in place or time, or direction toward; as, at the ninth hour; at the house; to aim at a mark. It is less definite than in or on; at the house may be in or near the house. From this original import are derived all the various uses of at.

At (prep.) A relation of proximity to, or of presence in or on, something; as, at the door; at your shop; at home; at school; at hand; at sea and on land.

At (prep.) The relation of some state or condition; as, at war; at peace; at ease; at your service; at fault; at liberty; at risk; at disadvantage.

At (prep.) The relation of some employment or action; occupied with; as, at engraving; at husbandry; at play; at work; at meat (eating); except at puns.

At (prep.) The relation of a point or position in a series, or of degree, rate, or value; as, with the thermometer at 80!; goods sold at a cheap price; a country estimated at 10,000 square miles; life is short at the longest.

At (prep.) The relations of time, age, or order; as, at ten o'clock; at twenty-one; at once; at first.

At (prep.) The relations of source, occasion, reason, consequence, or effect; as, at the sight; at this news; merry at anything; at this declaration; at his command; to demand, require, receive, deserve, endure at your hands.

At (prep.) Relation of direction toward an object or end; as, look at it; to point at one; to aim at a mark; to throw, strike, shoot, wink, mock, laugh at any one.

Atafter (prep.) After.

Athwart (prep.) Across; from side to side of.

Athwart (prep.) Across the direction or course of; as, a fleet standing athwart our course.

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