- 1not having, experiencing, or showing something They had gone two days without food. He found the place without difficulty. She spoke without much enthusiasm.
- 2not in the company of someone Don't go without me.
- 3not using or taking something Can you see without your glasses? Don't go out without your coat.
- 4 not doing the action mentioned without doing something He left without saying goodbye. You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. Without wanting to criticize, I think you could have done better. (= used before you make a critical comment) without somebody doing something The party was planned without her knowing anything about it.
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NAmE//wɪˈðaʊt//, NAmE//wɪˈθaʊt//(abbreviation w/o)