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Meaning of without

with•out

Pronunciation: (wi-out', with-), [key]
— prep.
  1. with the absence, omission, or avoidance of; not with; with no or none of; lacking: without help; without shoes; without her helping me; without him to help.
  2. free from; excluding: a world without hunger.
  3. not accompanied by: Don't go without me.
  4. at, on, or to the outside of; outside of: both within and without the house or the city.
  5. beyond the compass, limits, range, or scope of (now used chiefly in opposition to within): whether within or without the law.
—adv.
  1. in or into an exterior or outer place; outside.
  2. outside a house, building, etc.: The carriage awaits without.
  3. lacking something implied or understood: We must take this or go without.
  4. as regards the outside; externally.
—n.
  1. the outside of a place, region, area, room, etc.
—conj.
  1. unless.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.