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Definition of with preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//wɪð//
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  1. 1For 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. in the company or presence of someone or something She lives with her parents. I have a client with me right now. a nice steak with a bottle of red wine
  2. 2having 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 the flu. a man with a suitcase
  3. 3using something Cut it with a knife. It is treated with acid before being analyzed.
  4. 4used to say what fills, covers, etc. something The bag was stuffed with dirty clothes. Sprinkle the dish with salt.
  5. 5in opposition to someone or something; against someone or something to fight with someone to play tennis with someone at war with a neighboring country I had an argument with my boss.
  6. 6concerning; 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. 7used 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. 8including The meal with wine came to $20 each. With all the lesson preparation I have to do, I work 12 hours a day.
  9. 9used to show the way in which someone does something He behaved with great dignity. She sleeps with the window open. Don't stand with your hands in your pockets.
  10. 10because of; as a result of She blushed with embarrassment. His fingers were numb with cold.
  11. 11because 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. 13used to show who has possession of or responsibility for something The keys are with reception. Leave it with me.
  14. 14employed by; using the services of She acted with a touring company for three years. I bank with HSBC.
  15. 15showing separation from something or someone I could never part with this ring. Can we dispense with the formalities?
  16. 16despite something Even with all her faults, I still love her.
  17. 17used in exclamations Off with her head! Down with school!
  18. Idioms
    be with somebody (on something)
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    to support someone and agree with what they say We're all with you on this one.
    be with me/you (informal)
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    to be able to understand what someone is talking about Are you with me? I'm afraid I'm not quite with you.
      with it (informal)
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    1. 1understanding what is happening around you synonym alert You don't seem very with it today.
    2. 2knowing about current fashions and ideas synonym trendy Don't you have anything more with it to wear?
    straight after that; then He muttered a few words of apology and with that he left.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: with