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preposition with·out \wi-ˈthau̇t, -ˈthau̇t\

Definition of without

  1. 1 :  outside

  2. 2 —used as a function word to indicate the absence or lack of something or someone <fight without fear> <left without him> <looks without seeing>

Examples of without in a sentence

  1. Do you take your coffee with or without sugar?

  2. Don't leave home without your wallet.

  3. Without water, there would be no life on Earth.

  4. I can't imagine life without a car.

  5. It happened suddenly and without warning.

  6. The prisoner will be held without bail until his trial.

  7. These cookies are made without flour.

  8. Try doing the math without a calculator.

  9. I can't see you without my glasses.

Origin and Etymology of without

Middle English withoute, from Old English withūtan, from with + ūtan outside, from ūt out — more at out


First Known Use: before 12th century


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without

adverb with·out

Definition of without

  1. 1 :  on the outside :  externally

  2. 2 :  with something lacking or absent <has learned to do without>

Examples of without in a sentence

  1. Do you take your coffee with sugar or without?

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of without

before 12th century


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without

conjunction with·out

Definition of without

chiefly dialectal

  1. :  unless <you don't know about me without you have read a book — Mark Twain>

14th Century

First Known Use of without

14th century


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without

noun with·out

Definition of without

  1. :  an outer place or area <came from without>

15th Century

First Known Use of without

15th century


WITHOUT Defined for English Language Learners

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without

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preposition with·out \wi-ˈthau̇t, -ˈthau̇t\

Definition of without for English Language Learners

  • : not having or including (something)

  • —used to say that someone is not with or is not involved with another person or group

  • : not using (something specified)


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without

adverb with·out

Definition of without for English Language Learners

  • : not having something


WITHOUT Defined for Kids

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without

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preposition with·out \with-ˈau̇t, with-\

Definition of without for Students

  1. 1 :  not accompanied by or showing <Don't leave without your key.> <He spoke without thinking.>

  2. 2 :  completely lacking <They're without hope.>

  3. 3 :  4outside 1 <They stood without the castle gates.>

  4. 4 :  not using something <Do the math without a calculator.>


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without

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adverb with·out

Definition of without for Students

  1. 1 :  on the outside

  2. 2 :  not having something <You need to learn to do without.>



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