Definition of with in English:

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with

Pronunciation: /wiT͟H/
Pronunciation: /wiTH/

preposition

1Accompanied by (another person or thing): a nice steak with a bottle of red wine
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  • It is accompanied with a golden vest and hair ornament hanging down to the shoulder.
  • The tamarind provides a novel change to lemon as an accompaniment with the prawn.
  • Stumped for a good red wine capable of accompanying duck served with a bitter cherry sauce?
Synonyms
accompanied by, escorted by, in the company of
1.1In the same direction as: marine mammals generally swim with the current
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  • Our boat drifts with the gentle current for an hour or so before gently motoring over to San Toribo reef.
1.2Along with (with reference to time): wisdom comes with age
1.3In proportion to: the form of the light curve changes with period in a systematic way
2Possessing (something) as a feature or accompaniment: a flower-sprigged blouse with a white collar
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  • The Firth of Tay glittered like crumpled silver foil, and the city shone with an inner light.
  • The house was fitted with a smoke alarm at the top of the stairs but the battery had run out.
  • He was wearing dark trousers and a white shirt with a collar, which he wore unbuttoned.
2.1Marked by or wearing: a tall dark man with a scar on one cheek a small man with thick glasses
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  • He was a slight man wearing owl glasses, with thin brown hair that left a bald spot on the back of his head.
  • Thinly built, with thick glasses and K-Mart clothes, Lee is as cheery as he is modest.
  • She was a bit taller than Dai with short thick curly hair and tanned skin, much like his own.
3Indicating the instrument used to perform an action: cut it with a knife treatment with acid before analysis
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  • He had a seat belt on and we cut it with a knife and tried to pull him out but we couldn't.
  • They set to work on the oxhide with the knives and cut it into a single thin strip.
  • Quarter the apples, then peel and cut away the core with a small paring knife.
3.1Indicating the material used for some purpose: fill the bowl with water
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  • On the table was a vase of plastic wildflowers in a vase partly filled with plastic water.
  • The tin bath was hung on a nail on the back yard wall, was brought indoors on bath days, filled with hot water.
  • We filled it with water and added blue dye, so that if it leaked then we could tell easily.
4In opposition to: we started fighting with each other
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  • So much information has come up since my fight with Shirley and none of it is good.
  • Teachers learned about the incident when Kyle was spotted fighting with the boy.
  • He shows a teenage mother fighting with the father of her child about his failings as a parent.
5Indicating the manner or attitude of the person doing something: with great reluctance
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  • She came to his studio with attitude, but cradled his face in her hands to kiss him before she left.
  • Large checks, iridescent fabrics and decadent velvet are all worn with attitude.
  • It meant that down the years we would collide always with the same pleasure.
6Indicating responsibility: leave it with me
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  • The final sentence, however, rests with the judge and Beaney may still be put behind bars.
  • The final decision on that rests with the trade and industry secretary.
  • In libel the burden of proof rests with the defendant, and there is no entitlement to legal aid.
7In relation to: my father will be angry with me
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  • Other times, he will say that he is angry with us, and that we have to be sad.
  • She was a master of tuning him out when she was angry with him and it drove him nuts.
  • There are a lot of people in power wanting to make it real easy to be angry with America.
8Employed by: she’s with IBM now
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  • If he'd still been employed with us we would have suspended him immediately, but he was retired.
8.1As a member or employee of: he plays with the Cincinnati Cyclones
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  • In August, the future started to look brighter after he secured a job with another removal firm.
8.2Using the services of: I bank with the TSB
9Affected by (a particular fact or condition): with no hope in bed with lumbago
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  • I've been laid up in bed with a nasty flu the last few days, and time is warping on me.
  • Blue and yellow are not distinguished by those with this condition, and may be seen as white or grey.
  • It is the largest clinical trial to be carried out in patients with early ovarian cancer.
9.1Indicating the cause of an action or condition: trembling with fear the paper was yellow with age
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  • She just stood there; the look of terror on her face increased and she began to tremble with the fear.
10Indicating separation or removal from something: to part with one’s dearest possessions their jobs could be dispensed with
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  • The mansions formerly lining the High Street were replaced with retail premises.

Phrases

1

away (or off or out, etc.) with

Used in exhortations to take or send someone or something away, in, out, etc. off with his head away with poverty!
2

be with someone

1Agree with or support someone: we’re all with you on this one
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  • The president stated emphatically that though he had asked Powell to be with him and support him in a war, ‘I didn't need his permission.’
  • In a state like Iowa, the winner is probably only going to have 30, 35 percent of the vote, which means about two-thirds of Tom Harkin supporters are going to be with somebody else.
  • For those of you who've been with me from the beginning, thanks for the support and so long.
2 informal Follow someone’s meaning: I’m not with you
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  • While we may think the prospect is with us, or understands what we are explaining, it is often difficult for the listener to grasp the logic of our ‘argument’.
3

with it

1Knowledgeable about and following modern ideas and fashions: a young, with-it film buyer
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  • They're aimed at young people wanting to be seen as hip and with it.
2 [usually with negative] Alert and comprehending: I’m not really with it this morning
4

with that

At that point; immediately after saying or doing something dramatic: with that, she flounced out of the room

Origin

Old English, probably a shortening of a Germanic preposition related to obsolete English wither 'adverse, opposite'.

Words that rhyme with with

forthwith, herewith, therewith, wherewith

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Syllabification: with

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