[ with, with ]
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  1. accompanied by; accompanying: I will go with you. He fought with his brother against the enemy.

  2. in some particular relation to (especially implying interaction, company, association, conjunction, or connection): I dealt with the problem. She agreed with me.

  1. characterized by or having: a person with initiative.

  2. (of means or instrument) by the use of; using: to line a coat with silk; to cut with a knife.

  3. (of manner) using or showing: to work with diligence.

  4. in correspondence, comparison, or proportion to: Their power increased with their number. How does their plan compare with ours?

  5. in regard to: to be pleased with a gift.

  6. (of cause) owing to: to die with pneumonia; to pale with fear.

  7. in the region, sphere, or view of: It is day with us while it is night with the Chinese.

  8. (of separation) from: to part with a thing.

  9. against, as in opposition or competition: He fought with his brother over the inheritance.

  10. in the keeping or service of: to leave something with a friend.

  11. in affecting the judgment, estimation, or consideration of: Her argument carried a lot of weight with the trustees.

  12. at the same time as or immediately after; upon: And with that last remark, she turned and left.

  13. of the same opinion or conviction as: Are you with me or against me?

  14. in proximity to or in the same household as: He lives with his parents.

  15. (used as a function word to specify an additional circumstance or condition): We climbed the hill, with Jeff following behind.

Idioms about with

  1. in with. in (def. 35).

  2. with child, pregnant.

  1. with it, Slang.

    • knowledgeable about, sympathetic to, or partaking of the most up-to-date trends, fashions, art, etc.

    • representing or characterized by the most up-to-date trends, fashions, art, etc.

  2. with that. that (def. 19).

Origin of with

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English: “opposite, against” (cognate with Old Norse vith ), apparently short variant of Old English wither “against”; cognate with Old Saxon withar, Old High German widar, Old Norse vithr, Gothic withra

synonym study For with

4. See by.

Words that may be confused with with

Other definitions for with- (2 of 2)


  1. a combining form of with, having a separative or opposing force: withstand; withdraw.

Origin of with-

Middle English, Old English. See with

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How to use with in a sentence

  • The little shoe, whose silken laces had become loose in walking, lay in the road covered-with dust.

    Honey-Bee | Anatole France
  • This garrison arrived at the moment when the insurgents, confiding on the Governor's promise, were with-drawing.

    The Border Rifles | Gustave Aimard
  • So late home to supper and to bed, weary-with walking so long to no purpose in the Park to-day.

  • And yet—can you understand it?with a tender smile and a tear, And a half-compassionate yearning,I felt her grown more dear.

    Separation and Service | James Hudson Taylor
  • But America had given the world a new form of transportation, trains that run without rails and with-out coal.

    The Iron Puddler | James J. Davis

British Dictionary definitions for with


/ (wɪð, wɪθ) /

  1. using; by means of: he killed her with an axe

  2. accompanying; in the company of: the lady you were with

  1. possessing; having: a man with a red moustache

  2. concerning or regarding: be patient with her

  3. in spite of: with all his talents, he was still humble

  4. used to indicate a time or distance by which something is away from something else: with three miles to go, he collapsed

  5. in a manner characterized by: writing with abandon

  6. caused or prompted by: shaking with rage

  7. often used with a verb indicating a reciprocal action or relation between the subject and the preposition's object: agreeing with me; chatting with the troops

  8. not with you informal not able to grasp or follow what you are saying

  9. with it informal

    • fashionable; in style

    • comprehending what is happening or being said

  10. with that after that; having said or done that

Origin of with

Old English; related to Old Norse vith, Gothic withra, Latin vitricus stepfather, Sanskrit vitarám wider

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Other Idioms and Phrases with with


In addition to the idioms beginning with with

  • with a grain of salt
  • with all due respect
  • with all one's heart
  • with an eye to
  • with a vengeance
  • with a view to
  • with a will
  • with bad grace
  • with bated breath
  • with bells on
  • with flying colors, pass with
  • with good grace
  • with half a heart
  • within an ace of
  • within bounds
  • within call
  • within reach
  • within reason
  • with interest
  • with it, be
  • with one arm tied behind one's back
  • with one's eyes open
  • with one's pants down
  • with one voice
  • with open arms
  • with reason
  • with reference to
  • with the best of them
  • with the best will in the world
  • with the exception of
  • with the gloves off

also see:

  • alive with
  • all over with
  • all right with
  • all up (with)
  • along with
  • at home (with)
  • at odds (with)
  • at one (with)
  • bear with
  • born with a silver spoon
  • both barrels, with
  • bound up in (with)
  • break with
  • burst with
  • can do with
  • can't do anything with
  • cast one's lot with
  • caught with one's pants down
  • charge with
  • clear with
  • come down with
  • come out with
  • come to grips with
  • come to terms with
  • come up with
  • come with the territory
  • cook with gas
  • damn with faint praise
  • deal with
  • die with one's boots on
  • dispense with
  • do away with
  • down with
  • fall in with
  • fence with
  • fight fire with fire
  • fit in (with)
  • fix up with
  • get along with
  • get an in with
  • get away with
  • get involved with
  • get in with
  • get on (with it)
  • get over (with)
  • get together (with)
  • get tough with
  • go along (with)
  • go halves with
  • go hard with
  • gone with the wind
  • go out (with)
  • go through (with)
  • go to bed with
  • go with
  • go with the flow
  • green with envy
  • handle with gloves
  • have a brush with
  • have a way with
  • have a word with
  • have done (with)
  • have no truck with
  • have pull with
  • have to do with
  • have words with
  • hold with
  • in bad with
  • in good with
  • in league with
  • in (with) regard to
  • in trouble with
  • in with
  • it's all over with
  • keep up with
  • kill with kindness
  • laugh and the world laughs with you
  • lead with one's chin
  • learn to live with
  • level with
  • lie with
  • like a chicken with its head cut off
  • over and done with
  • over with
  • pal around with
  • part with
  • play ball (with)
  • play the devil with
  • play with fire
  • put up with
  • reckon with
  • roll with the punches
  • rub elbows with
  • run around (with)
  • run away with
  • run off with
  • run with
  • saddle someone with
  • see with half an eye
  • settle with
  • shake hands with
  • shake with laughter
  • side with
  • sign on with
  • sit well with
  • sleep with
  • spar with
  • square with
  • stand up with
  • stay with
  • stick with
  • stuck with
  • swim with the tide
  • take issue with
  • taken with
  • take the bitter with the sweet
  • take the rough with the smooth
  • take up with
  • tamper with
  • tarred with the same brush
  • tax with
  • team up with
  • tinker with
  • together with
  • to hell with
  • top off (with)
  • to start with
  • toy with
  • trouble one's head with
  • vote with one's feet
  • walk off with
  • what's with
  • what with
  • you can't take it with you

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