Meaning of “do without (sth)” in the English Dictionary

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"do without (sth)" in British English

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do without (sth)

phrasal verb with do uk // /du/ /duː/ us // /du/ /duː/ verb did, done

B2 to manage without having something:

There's no mayonnaise left, so you'll just have to do without.
Thank you, Kate, we can do without language like that (= we don't want to hear your offensive language).

More examples

  • Being on the committee is one involvement I could do without.
  • He's an integral part of the team and we can't do without him.
  • I don't know what I'd have done without Lizzie when I was ill - she was an absolute treasure.
  • We can't afford to fix the car this month, so I guess we'll need to do without it for a few weeks.
  • Surely you can do without television for a week?

(Definition of “do without (sth)” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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