Definition of with
1a : in opposition to : against had a fight with his brotherb : so as to be separated or detached from broke with her family
2a —used as a function word to indicate a participant in an action, transaction, or arrangement works with his father a talk with a friend got into an accident with the carb —used as a function word to indicate the object of attention, behavior, or feeling get tough with him angry with herc : in respect to : so far as concerns on friendly terms with all nationsd —used to indicate the object of an adverbial expression of imperative force off with his heade : over, on no longer has any influence with themf : in the performance, operation, or use of the trouble with this machine
3a —used as a function word to indicate the object of a statement of comparison or equality a dress identical with her hostess'sb —used as a function word to express agreement or sympathy must conclude, with you, that the painting is a forgeryc : on the side of : for if he's for lower taxes, I'm with himd : as well as can pitch with the best of them
4a —used as a function word to indicate combination, accompaniment, presence, or addition heat milk with honey went there with her his money, with his wife's, comes to a millionb : inclusive of costs $5 with the tax
5a : in the judgment or estimation of stood well with her classmatesb : in or according to the experience or practice of with many of us, our ideas seem to fall by the wayside — W. J. Reilly
6a —used as a function word to indicate the means, cause, agent, or instrumentality hit him with a rock pale with anger threatened with tuberculosis he amused the crowd with his anticsb archaic : by the direct act of
7a —used as a function word to indicate manner of action ran with effort acknowledge your contribution with thanksb —used as a function word to indicate an attendant fact or circumstance stood there with his hat onc —used as a function word to indicate a result attendant on a specified action got off with a light sentence
8a (1) : in possession of : having came with good news (2) : in the possession or care of left the money with her motherb : characterized or distinguished by a person with a sharp nose
Examples of with in a Sentence
He wants to marry someone with a lot of money.
You will be competing against people with more experience than you.
They graduated from college with honors.
Origin and Etymology of with
Middle English, against, from, with, from Old English; akin to Old English wither against, Old High German widar against, back, Sanskrit vi apart
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
WITH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of with for English Language Learners
—used to say that people or things are together in one place
—used to say that two or more people or things are doing something together or are involved in something
: having (a particular characteristic, possession, etc.)
WITH Defined for Kids
Definition of with for Students
1 : in the company of I went to the show with a friend.
2 : by the use of I measured with a ruler.
3 : having in or as part of it coffee with cream
4 : in regard to He is patient with children.
5 : in possession of animals with horns Dad arrived with good news.
6 : against 1 The boy fought with his brother.
7 : in shared relation to I like to talk with friends.
8 : compared to This sock is identical with the rest.
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