a really tip-top man, with all his wrongheadedness—H. J. Laski
: except for
finds that, with one group of omissions and one important addition, they reflect that curriculum—Gilbert Highet
: in the direction of
with the wind
with the grain
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you end a sentence with with?
You may end a sentence with "with," provided you are willing to listen to people tell you that you should not have ended it with a preposition. There is nothing inherently wrong about ending a sentence with a preposition, and never has been.
Is with a preposition?
Yes, with is a preposition ("a function word that typically combines with a noun phrase to form a phrase which usually expresses a modification or predication"). Although with previously functioned as an adverb and a conjunction, it has not done so for many centuries, and these uses are now quite obsolete.
Can you begin a sentence with with?
One occasionally hears that sentences should not begin with with. There have been many attempts to categorize many words in English as improper to place at the beginning of a sentence. These "rules" are simply a matter of individual preference, not of grammatical correctness. You may begin a sentence with with.
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.
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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 the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
The first known use of with was
before the 12th century