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Definition of "without" []

  • On the outside: a sturdy structure within and without. (adverb)
  • With something absent or lacking: had to do without. (adverb)
  • Not having; lacking: a family without a car. (preposition)
  • Not accompanied by; in the absence of: volunteered without hesitation; spoke without thinking. (preposition)
  • At, on, to, or toward the outside or exterior of: standing without the door. (preposition)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "without" in a sentence
  • ""What did I tell you," he said, without looking up, "would happen the next time you spoke without&""
  • "The projector, therefore, without mentioning the offers that have been made to him by a foreign maritime power, and _without courting_ the suffrages of British merchants in support of this plan, has it in contemplation, (_provided no attention is paid to it in England_,) to lay this eligible scheme open to a foreign power."
  • "Sherman was gone, could do all that might be necessary to remove the difficulties which seemed to them so serious, the terms as written by me were agreed to, as General Sherman says, "without hesitation," and General Johnston, "without difficulty," and after being copied _without alteration_ were signed by the two commanders."