Definition of with preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɪð//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪð//
    ; BrE BrE//wɪθ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪθ//
    For the special uses of with in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example bear with somebody/something is in the phrasal verb section at bear.
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  1. 1  in the company or presence of somebody/something She lives with her parents. I have a client with me right now. a nice steak with a bottle of red wine
  2. 2  having or carrying something a girl with (= who has) red hair a jacket with a hood He looked at her with a hurt expression. They're both in bed with flu. a man with a suitcase
  3. 3  using something Cut it with a knife. It is treated with acid before being analysed.
  4. 4  used to say what fills, covers, etc. something The bag was stuffed with dirty clothes. Sprinkle the dish with salt.
  5. 5  in opposition to somebody/something; against somebody/something to fight with somebody to play tennis with somebody at war with a neighbouring country I had an argument with my boss.
  6. 6  concerning; in the case of Be careful with the glasses. Are you pleased with the result? Don't be angry with her. With these students it's pronunciation that's the problem.
  7. 7  used when considering one fact in relation to another She won't be able to help us with all the family commitments she has. It's much easier compared with last time.
  8. 8  including The meal with wine came to $20 each. With all the lesson preparation I have to do I work 12 hours a day.
  9. 9  used to show the way in which somebody does something He behaved with great dignity. She sleeps with the window open. Don't stand with your hands in your pockets.
  10. 10  because of; as a result of She blushed with embarrassment. His fingers were numb with cold.
  11. 11  because of something and as it happens The shadows lengthened with the approach of sunset. Skill comes with practice.
  12. 12in the same direction as something Marine mammals generally swim with the current.
  13. 13  used to show who has possession of or responsibility for something The keys are with reception. Leave it with me.
  14. 14  employed by; using the services of She acted with a touring company for three years. I bank with HSBC.
  15. 15showing separation from something/somebody I could never part with this ring. Can we dispense with the formalities?
  16. 16despite something With all her faults I still love her.
  17. 17used in exclamations Off to bed with you! Down with school!
  18. Word OriginOld English, probably a shortening of a Germanic preposition related to obsolete English wither ‘adverse, opposite’.Idioms
    be with somebody (on something)
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    to support somebody and agree with what they say We're all with you on this one.
    (informal) to be able to understand what somebody is talking about Are you with me? I'm afraid I'm not quite with you.
    1. 1knowing about current fashions and ideas synonym trendy Don't you have anything more with it to wear?
    2. 2understanding what is happening around you synonym alert You don't seem very with it today.
    straight after that; then He muttered a few words of apology and with that he left.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: with