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UK [wɪðˈaʊt] / US adverb, preposition

Without can be used in the following ways: - as a preposition (followed by a noun): I can't see without my glasses. (followed by the "-ing" form of a verb): She walked past without saying anything. - as an adverb (without a following noun): There isn't any butter left, so we'll have to manage without.
1) not having something used for saying what someone or something does not have

the ability to do mathematics without a calculator

They had endured three days without food or water.

a dress without sleeves

do/manage/go without (= continue your life or work in spite of not having something):

I can't afford new trainers, so I'll have to do without.

2) when someone is not with you used for saying that you do not have someone with you

I can't live without you – I want to marry you.

If the others don't want to come, we'll go without them.

3) not doing something or not happening
a) used for saying what you do not do when you do something else

Normally I would accept your offer without hesitation.

without doing something:

Liz closed the door without making a sound.

without so much as (= not even doing something that is normally expected):

He walked off and left me without so much as a backward glance.

b) used for saying what does not happen or has not happened when something else happens

The operation proceeded without any major problems.

an attack that came without any warning

without someone doing something:

Could these men have walked out of the prison without anyone noticing?

4) in a particular way used for saying that you do not have a particular feeling, or you do not show a particular quality when you do something

We began our search, but without much hope of finding anything.

Stephens was fined £200 for driving without due care and attention.

5) outside an old word meaning "outside"

without wishing/wanting to do something — mainly spoken used when you are going to say something that someone may not like

Without wishing to sound ungrateful, I should like to point out that you only did what you were paid to do.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Without — With*out , adv. 1. On or art the outside; not on the inside; not within; outwardly; externally. [1913 Webster] Without were fightings, within were fears. 2 Cor. vii. 5. [1913 Webster] 2. Outside of the house; out of doors. [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Without — With*out , conj. Unless; except; introducing a clause. [1913 Webster] You will never live to my age without you keep yourselves in breath with exercise, and in heart with joyfulness. Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] Note: Now rarely used by good… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • without — O.E. wiðutan, lit. against the outside (opposite of within), see WITH (Cf. with) + OUT (Cf. out). As a word expressing lack or want of something (opposite of with), attested from c.1200. In use by late 14c. as a conjunction, short for without… …   Etymology dictionary

  • without — ► PREPOSITION 1) not accompanied by or having the use of. 2) in which the action mentioned does not happen. 3) archaic or literary outside. ► ADVERB archaic or literary ▪ outside. ► CONJUNCTION archaic or dialect 1) …   English terms dictionary

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