A2 not having or doing something, or lacking something:
He went without my knowledge.
I couldn't have done it without you.
Do start without me.
formal He's not without (= he does have some) good qualities.
- A long wool coat is a classic no wardrobe should be without.
- You can't work continuously for six hours without a break!
- They had been debating for several hours without reaching a conclusion.
- I don't know how it's possible for a person to disappear without trace.
- He never goes out without his security men in attendance .
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