with
preposition Etymology: Middle English, against, from, with, from Old English; akin to Old English wither against, Old High German widar against, back, Sanskrit vi apart Date: before 12th century 1. a. in opposition to ; against <
had a fight with his brother
>
b. so as to be separated or detached from <
broke with her family
>
2. a. — used as a function word to indicate a participant in an action, transaction, or arrangement <
works with his father
>
<
a talk with a friend
>
<
got into an accident with the car
>
b. — used as a function word to indicate the object of attention, behavior, or feeling <
get tough with him
>
<
angry with her
>
c. in respect to ; so far as concerns <
on friendly terms with all nations
>
d. — used to indicate the object of an adverbial expression of imperative force <
off with his head
>
e. over, on <
no longer has any influence with them
>
f. in the performance, operation, or use of <
the trouble with this machine
>
3. a. — used as a function word to indicate the object of a statement of comparison or equality <
a dress identical with her hostess's
>
b. — used as a function word to express agreement or sympathy <
must conclude, with you, that the painting is a forgery
>
c. on the side of ; for <
if he's for lower taxes, I'm with him
>
d. as well as <
can pitch with the best of them
>
4. a. — used as a function word to indicate combination, accompaniment, presence, or addition <
heat milk with honey
>
<
went there with her
>
<
his money, with his wife's, comes to a million
>
b. inclusive of <
costs $5 with the tax
>
5. a. in the judgment or estimation of <
stood well with her classmates
>
b. in or according to the experience or practice of <
with many of us, our ideas seem to fall by the wayside — W. J. Reilly
>
6. a. — used as a function word to indicate the means, cause, agent, or instrumentality <
hit him with a rock
>
<
pale with anger
>
<
threatened with tuberculosis
>
<
he amused the crowd with his antics
>
b. archaic by the direct act of 7. a. — used as a function word to indicate manner of action <
ran with effort
>
<
acknowledge your contribution with thanks
>
b. — used as a function word to indicate an attendant fact or circumstance <
stood there with his hat on
>
c. — used as a function word to indicate a result attendant on a specified action <
got off with a light sentence
>
8. a. (1) in possession of ; having <
came with good news
>
(2) in the possession or care of <
left the money with her mother
>
b. characterized or distinguished by <
a person with a sharp nose
>
9. a. — used as a function word to indicate a close association in time <
with the outbreak of war they went home
>
<
mellows with time
>
b. in proportion to <
the pressure varies with the depth
>
10. a. in spite of ; notwithstanding <
a really tip-top man, with all his wrongheadedness — H. J. Laski
>
b. except for <
finds that, with one group of omissions and one important addition, they reflect that curriculum — Gilbert Highet
>
11. in the direction of <
with the wind
>
<
with the grain
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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