with the absence, omission, or avoidance of; not with; with no or none of; lacking: without help; without shoes; without her helping me; without him to help.
free from; excluding: a world without hunger.
not accompanied by: Don't go without me.
at, on, or to the outside of; outside of: both within and without the house or the city.
beyond the compass, limits, range, or scope of (now used chiefly in opposition to within): whether within or without the law.
in or into an exterior or outer place; outside.
outside a house, building, etc.: The carriage awaits without.
lacking something implied or understood: We must take this or go without.
as regards the outside; externally.
the outside of a place, region, area, room, etc.
Midland and Southern U.S. unless.
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How to use without in a sentence
without it, they say, the disease would surely kill her within two years.
Most often, the doctrine is invoked by minors seeking an abortion without parental consent.
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Then they came up against a police patrol on mountain bicycles, which again led to more shooting, without injuries.
I remember all our music appeared on Spotify overnight, without anybody asking us.
He held it, but it was without pressure; without recognizance of the delight with which he once grasped it.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Sol laughed out of his whiskers, with a big, loose-rolling sound, and sat on the porch without waiting to be asked.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
She had listened—she had listened intently, looking straight out of the window and without moving.Confidence | Henry James
without preface, he abruptly asked, what had been told him of the Duke of Wharton's behaviour the preceding night.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Nevertheless the evening and the night passed away without incident.
British Dictionary definitions for without
not having: a traveller without much money
not accompanied by: he came without his wife
not making use of: it is not easy to undo screws without a screwdriver
(foll by a verbal noun or noun phrase) not, while not, or after not: she can sing for two minutes without drawing breath
archaic on the outside of
formal outside; outwardly
not standard unless: don't come without you have some money
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Other Idioms and Phrases with without
In addition to the idioms beginning with without
- without a leg to stand on
- without a stitch on
- without batting an eye
- without doubt
- without fail
- without further ado
- without question
- without so much as
- absent without leave
- do without
- get along without
- go without saying
- no smoke without fire
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