Definition of without in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /wɪðˈaʊt/


1In the absence of: he went to Sweden without her
More example sentences
  • This allegation has been denied by the club but in the absence of smoke without fire, it must be considered a possibility.
  • I believe there is no smoke without fire.
  • In that case there was smoke without fire, and in May he walked free from court.
unaccompanied by, unescorted by;
in the absence of
1.1 [often with verbal noun] In circumstances in which the action mentioned does not happen: they sat looking at each other without speaking
More example sentences
  • I can't finish this piece without making a special mention of the lighting.
  • Hardly a day goes by without some mention in the media of a new sporting deal.
  • His second wife, Bettye, tied the knot without mentioning that she'd been married before.
2Not having the use or benefit of: the first person to make the ascent without oxygen
More example sentences
  • True, it is hard for a monk not to touch money and to live without the comforts of this world.
  • They live in rented accommodation without a car and are saving money, for a better life back home.
  • This may seem like a simple proposition, but to a man it's like you have asked him to scale Mount Everest without oxygen.
lacking, in need of, wanting for, needing, requiring, short of;
deprived of, destitute of
3 archaic or literary Outside: the barbarians without the gates


archaic or literary
Outside: the enemy without


archaic or dialect
1Without it being the case that: he won’t be able to go without we know it
1.1Unless: I’d never have known you without you spoke to me


Old English withūtan 'on the outside'.

Words that rhyme with without

about, bout, clout, devout, doubt, down-and-out, drought, flout, gout, grout, knout, lout, mahout, misdoubt, nowt, out, out-and-out, owt, pout, Prout, right about, rout, scout, shout, snout, spout, sprout, stout, thereabout, thereout, throughout, timeout, tout, trout, way-out

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: with|out

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.