with·​out | \ wi-ˈt͟hau̇t How to pronounce without (audio) , -ˈthau̇t How to pronounce without (audio) \

Definition of without

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : outside
2 used as a function word to indicate the absence or lack of something or someone fight without fearleft without himlooks without seeing



Definition of without (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : on the outside : externally
2 : with something lacking or absent has learned to do without



Definition of without (Entry 3 of 4)

chiefly dialectal
: unless you don't know about me without you have read a book— Mark Twain



Definition of without (Entry 4 of 4)

: an outer place or area came from without

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Synonyms for without

Synonyms: Preposition

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Examples of without in a Sentence

Preposition Do you take your coffee with or without sugar? Don't leave home without your wallet. Without water, there would be no life on Earth. I can't imagine life without a car. It happened suddenly and without warning. The prisoner will be held without bail until his trial. These cookies are made without flour. Try doing the math without a calculator. I can't see you without my glasses. Adverb Do you take your coffee with sugar or without?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition Ida cut a deadly path through the region, destroying businesses and neighborhoods and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Aya Elamroussi And Rebekah Riess, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 Biden acknowledged the Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved vaccines for children under 12, leaving a large swath of the population without the choice to be vaccinated. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 10 Sep. 2021 The redemptions are leaving SPAC managers without the money needed to complete the acquisitions. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 The Category 4 storm slammed into the Louisiana coast last week, leaving over 1 million residents without power. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 9 Sep. 2021 The last few months have disproved that theory, leaving investors without an obvious playbook. Gregor Stuart Hunter, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2021 The hurricane initially made landfall in Louisiana, causing major damage and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power. Andrew Mark Miller, Fox News, 8 Sep. 2021 The power was slowly flickering back on across the city a week after Hurricane Ida dealt a catastrophic blow to the energy grid, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power, but Nettie needed help. Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 Leaving styling products on your scalp for too long without washing can also be irritating and lead to itching and flakes. Beth Weinhouse, Health.com, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of without


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for without


Middle English withoute, from Old English withūtan, from with + ūtan outside, from ūt out — more at out entry 1

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The first known use of without was before the 12th century

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with open arms


without (a) doubt

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12 Sep 2021

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“Without.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/without. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of without

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)



English Language Learners Definition of without (Entry 2 of 2)

: not having something


with·​out | \ wit͟h-ˈau̇t How to pronounce without (audio) , with- \

Kids Definition of without

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not accompanied by or showing Don't leave without your key. He spoke without thinking.
2 : completely lacking They're without hope.
3 : outside entry 4 sense 1 They stood without the castle gates.
4 : not using something Do the math without a calculator.



Kids Definition of without (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : on the outside
2 : not having something You need to learn to do without.

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