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Meaning of “without” in the English Dictionary

"without" in British English

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withoutpreposition, adverb

uk   us   /wɪˈðaʊt/
A2 not having or doing something, or ​lacking something: I ​left without my ​umbrella. You ​looknice without ​make-up. He went without my ​knowledge. I couldn't have done it without you. She's ​strong without being ​bossy. Do ​start without me.formal He's not without (= he does have some) good ​qualities. This is without a ​doubt (= ​certainly) the ​bestChinesefood I've ​ever had. You shouldn't ​drive for more than three ​hours without taking a ​break. Without ​wanting to be ​rude (= I don't ​want to be ​rude, but), don't you ​think you need a ​haircut?
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(Definition of without from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"without" in American English

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withoutpreposition, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /wɪθˈɑʊt, wɪð-/
not having or doing (something), or not having the use or ​help of (someone or something): He came out without a ​coat. He ​looksyounger without the ​moustache. Thanks for ​yourhelp – I couldn’t have done it without you. You shouldn’t ​drive for more than three ​hours without taking a ​break. That was without (a) ​doubt/without ​question (= ​certainly) the ​bestvacation I’ve ​ever had. When you have no ​money, you just have to ​learn to do without.
(Definition of without from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “without”
in Korean -없이, (사람)-없이…
in Arabic بِدون, مِن غَيْر…
in Malaysian tanpa…
in French sans…
in Russian без, не делая чего-либо…
in Chinese (Traditional) 沒有, 無, 缺少…
in Italian senza…
in Turkish ...sız/siz, ...sızın/sizin, ...madan/maksızın…
in Polish bez…
in Spanish sin…
in Vietnamese không có cái gì, mà không…
in Portuguese sem…
in Thai โดยไม่มี…
in German ohne…
in Catalan sense…
in Japanese ~なしで(に), ~(し)ないで, (人)抜きで…
in Chinese (Simplified) 没有, 无, 缺少…
in Indonesian tanpa…
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