Definition of without preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɪˈðaʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪˈðaʊt//
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  1. 1  not having, experiencing or showing something They had gone two days without food. He found the place without difficulty. She spoke without much enthusiasm.
  2. 2  not in the company of somebody Don't go without me.
  3. 3  not using or taking something Can you see without your glasses? Don't go out without your coat.
  4. 4  not doing the action mentioned without doing something He left without saying goodbye. You can't make an omelette 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 organized without her knowing anything about it.
  5. Word OriginOld English withūtan ‘on the outside’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: without