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- 1.1 In the process of (an activity):‘a-hunting’
- 1.2 In a specified state:‘aflutter’
- 1.3 On:‘afoot’
- 1.4 In:‘nowadays’
- 1.1 In the process of (an activity):
Old English, unstressed form of on.
- variant spelling of ad- assimilated before sc, sp, and st (as in ascend, aspire, and astringent)
Sense 1 is an unstressed form of of; sense 2 is from Anglo-Norman French a- ( Old French e-, es-), from Latin ex.
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