Definition of with in English:



  • 1Accompanied by (another person or thing)

    ‘a nice steak with a bottle of red wine’
    • ‘Stumped for a good red wine capable of accompanying duck served with a bitter cherry sauce?’
    • ‘It allows me to have a bit of a flirt and a bit of a laugh with some very nice girls.’
    • ‘Contents insurance can be bought separately, with building cover or in a joint policy.’
    • ‘She grew up in a small house in Brixton, sharing a bedroom with three brothers.’
    • ‘And when it got dark he came in and played hurling games in the bedroom with his brothers.’
    • ‘I went for a nice meal with my parents yesterday before having to catch the train home.’
    • ‘It is accompanied with a golden vest and hair ornament hanging down to the shoulder.’
    • ‘John is just a lovely man and the rest of the cast, I mean you couldn't ask to work with nicer people.’
    • ‘Place the polenta, flour and baking powder in a bowl with the salt and sugar.’
    • ‘The truffle taste was strong and earthy and worked in nice harmony with the risotto.’
    • ‘The same could not be said of my fillet steak with a Stilton and red wine sauce.’
    • ‘She hooked up with a nice couple in England, and now they exchange occasional letters.’
    • ‘He thought I was going to force him to sit in a corner and drink a bottle of wine with me.’
    • ‘Lunch would be stew or steak and kidney pud with potatoes and boiled green vegetables.’
    • ‘The tamarind provides a novel change to lemon as an accompaniment with the prawn.’
    • ‘It takes me right back to the bedroom I shared with my brothers back in the early seventies.’
    • ‘Apparently, we are going to be able to put plastic in with our cans and bottles.’
    • ‘She picked up her make up bag and left the wash room, heading to the bedroom she shared with her best friend.’
    • ‘She trained at the Royal Ballet School and performed briefly with the Royal Ballet.’
    • ‘I need a nice early night with my boy and hopefully a tiny bit of a lie in!’
    accompanied by, in the company of, escorted by
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    1. 1.1In the same direction as.
      ‘marine mammals generally swim with the current’
      • ‘Our boat drifts with the gentle current for an hour or so before gently motoring over to San Toribo reef.’
    2. 1.2Along with (with reference to time)
      ‘wisdom comes with age’
    3. 1.3In proportion to.
      ‘the form of the light curve changes with period in a systematic way’
  • 2Possessing (something) as a feature or accompaniment.

    ‘a flower-sprigged blouse with a white collar’
    • ‘The lake is an official recreation area with all sorts of water activities plus hiking and camping.’
    • ‘When she vanished Sammy was wearing navy tracksuit bottoms with a white stripe down both legs.’
    • ‘In fact it does not permit entry to people with relatively minor criminal records.’
    • ‘On the first floor are four large doubles bedrooms with en suites as well as a single room.’
    • ‘At least if I play things right I can slip out at the end into a nice public sector job with a pension.’
    • ‘Her eyes were alight, her hair flaxen, her golden skin shining with more than just the glow of youth.’
    • ‘The house was fitted with a smoke alarm at the top of the stairs but the battery had run out.’
    • ‘I'm not one of those that laments the old thick dimpled beer tankards with handles on the side.’
    • ‘He is still best known as a financier with a reputation that carries weight in the City and beyond.’
    • ‘The pint-sized bottles with the green labels were called screw tops and were a powerful icon to me.’
    • ‘Its website is really nice, with lots of old articles and a complete cover gallery.’
    • ‘The modern bathroom is fitted with a white three-piece suite including a corner bath.’
    • ‘Upstairs is the huge master bedroom with a pitched-pine floor and vaulted ceilings.’
    • ‘The Firth of Tay glittered like crumpled silver foil, and the city shone with an inner light.’
    • ‘He was wearing dark trousers and a white shirt with a collar, which he wore unbuttoned.’
    • ‘It was narrow but tall, with dark red curtains hanging at each side and trailing on the floor.’
    • ‘He appeared drunk and was wearing a white sweatshirt with blue writing in the centre.’
    • ‘He is also a keen violinist, with vast experience performing in various countries.’
    • ‘After all, people with money and status employ other people to clean up after them.’
    • ‘He wore a black beanie hat with a white stripe, jeans, and a black, padded, hooded jacket.’
    1. 2.1Marked by or wearing.
      ‘a tall dark man with a scar on one cheek’
      ‘a small man with thick glasses’
      • ‘He accompanies me back, with some tools, which prove not to be any help whatsoever.’
      • ‘On a bad-takings day, he'd show up with dark glasses and a white stick and blow his harmonica.’
      • ‘The victim is white and stocky, with brown eyes, a square jaw and a pointed nose.’
      • ‘The woman is described as white, young, with brown hair and is believed to be called Debbie.’
      • ‘Thinly built, with thick glasses and K-Mart clothes, Lee is as cheery as he is modest.’
      • ‘Joanne is described as white, with light blonde hair worn just below her shoulders.’
      • ‘Will I get in trouble for trawling the streets of Torquay with a can of Stella in my hand?’
      • ‘The man with the white beard rose to his feet and strode over to the baby weeping on the ground.’
      • ‘Mr Massow was on television this morning again, with his rather alarming new haircut.’
      • ‘After a short wait, a tall man with cropped dark hair and warm green eyes opened the door.’
      • ‘He was a slight man wearing owl glasses, with thin brown hair that left a bald spot on the back of his head.’
      • ‘He was wearing dark blue jeans, with a dark blue hooded jacket and a blue plastic coat.’
      • ‘She is also five feet five inches tall with a scar under her nose and brown hair.’
      • ‘She was a bit taller than Dai with short thick curly hair and tanned skin, much like his own.’
  • 3Indicating the instrument used to perform an action.

    ‘cut it with a knife’
    ‘treatment with acid before analysis’
    • ‘He believes the problem started when someone armed with a Stanley knife took to cutting tyres.’
    • ‘Anything with a crust, between two slices of bread or poured into a bowl and eaten with a spoon is allowed.’
    • ‘Cut off the top of the heads with a serrated knife and squeeze out the garlic pulp.’
    • ‘Swimming and fishing with home-made rods was still very popular when he was growing up.’
    • ‘She had been struck three times across the back of the head with a blunt instrument, believed to be a hammer.’
    • ‘All I achieved was to bang a hole in my bedroom wall with the heel of my foot.’
    • ‘It need not be so thick you could cut it with a knife, but it should be well on the way.’
    • ‘The lever couldn't be removed without undoing the nut so I decided to cut it with my hacksaw.’
    • ‘She cuts the potato into chip shapes with a knife, puts them in a pan full of cold oil and turns on the gas.’
    • ‘A motorist who stopped in a lay-by was hit over the head with a bottle and robbed.’
    • ‘When I cut through it with my saw, the centre was rotten, so it's just as well it was coming out.’
    • ‘He had a seat belt on and we cut it with a knife and tried to pull him out but we couldn't.’
    • ‘The proposal would also make it an offence to hit a child with an instrument, such as a belt or a cane.’
    • ‘Dissolve the glucose and water together, and with an electric whisk add this to the egg mix.’
    • ‘They set to work on the oxhide with the knives and cut it into a single thin strip.’
    • ‘One of them steps forward and with his knife cuts the burden free and it falls to the bottom of the ravine.’
    • ‘My throat felt rather like it had been scraped with a sharp metal instrument.’
    • ‘He attacked him with a bottle in the town centre after asking him for money.’
    • ‘Quarter the apples, then peel and cut away the core with a small paring knife.’
    • ‘I grabbed the knife to try and stop him, but somebody behind me hit me on the head with a bottle.’
    1. 3.1Indicating the material used for some purpose.
      ‘fill the bowl with water’
      • ‘Put the potatoes into a saucepan, cover with cold water, add salt and cook until tender.’
      • ‘Brush the pastry with egg and cut two holes in the top to let the steam out.’
      • ‘Moisten the edges of the pastry with water and then wrap it around the meat, pressing the joins well to seal.’
      • ‘I'd also suggest you eat porridge in the morning, making it with water instead of milk.’
      • ‘I have a memory of being splattered with holy water but I might have made that up.’
      • ‘Fill your bath with hot water, and add a generous amount of bath oil or gel for that touch of luxury.’
      • ‘He said it took the two crews ten minutes to fight the fire with foam and ten minutes to damp the car down with water.’
      • ‘The tin bath was hung on a nail on the back yard wall, was brought indoors on bath days, filled with hot water.’
      • ‘Is it me, or is it also missing the fact that you'll need to get up to fill the kettle with water in the first place?’
      • ‘She took the kettle out of its cradle and filled it with water before setting it to boil.’
      • ‘Usually the barrel is merely rinsed or filled with cold water to check for leaks.’
      • ‘We filled it with water and added blue dye, so that if it leaked then we could tell easily.’
      • ‘She watched him as he grabbed a glass from the draining board and filled it with water.’
      • ‘Rub the monk fish tail with the garlic and dill and lay it an oven-proof dish.’
      • ‘On the table was a vase of plastic wildflowers in a vase partly filled with plastic water.’
      • ‘He returned a few moments later with white clothes and a mug filled with sweet water.’
      • ‘Cover with a cut piece of greased paper and then wrap well in several layers of protective foil.’
      • ‘Place the salad in a bowl and top with the tomatoes, feta and warm aubergine.’
      • ‘Using a slotted spoon, fill the lined bowl with the fruit to about a centimetre below the top.’
      • ‘Shake a few gravy granules, or break a stock cube over the top and fill the dish with water.’
  • 4In opposition to.

    ‘we started fighting with each other’
    • ‘One night, after a fight with the man, she took an unknown dose of sleeping pills.’
    • ‘James goes off to fight with the Pretender, and is reported to have been killed at Culloden.’
    • ‘He only fought with real men who deserved it, not little boys who taunted and teased.’
    • ‘He even claimed to have fought with him in the hills and he threatened to show us his wound.’
    • ‘She has a fight with Queenie in a ladies loo, which gets seriously out of hand.’
    • ‘Three years ago he was convicted of actual bodily harm, after a fight with a neighbour.’
    • ‘It was easy to fight with Livi sometimes, but it was also hard trying to stay mad at her for very long.’
    • ‘I met one man who had quit his job after a row with his boss and had terrible difficulty finding another.’
    • ‘He became involved in a fight with some other children and his left elbow was dislocated.’
    • ‘So much information has come up since my fight with Shirley and none of it is good.’
    • ‘You go to him and tell him that Ramacandra does not have any intention to fight with him.’
    • ‘He was apparently angry after arguing with his girlfriend and took out that anger on the dog.’
    • ‘Fights with the riot police erupted every time people tried to reach the US embassy.’
    • ‘There is no way that they want to enter a fight with millions of workers this close to an election.’
    • ‘A guy who was part of the sanitation police was there and he started fighting with them.’
    • ‘Edwards' next major contribution was to have a fight with Patel which earned both a yellow card.’
    • ‘Teachers learned about the incident when Kyle was spotted fighting with the boy.’
    • ‘He shows a teenage mother fighting with the father of her child about his failings as a parent.’
    • ‘I told her about the fight Kip had with Nathanial, and she and Rio were as shocked as I was.’
    • ‘To do this meant a fight with the old London County Council and the government about money.’
  • 5Indicating the manner or attitude of the person doing something.

    ‘with great reluctance’
    • ‘Every person has a responsibility to behave with integrity, honesty and fairness.’
    • ‘She came to his studio with attitude, but cradled his face in her hands to kiss him before she left.’
    • ‘I pulled the chain on the shade of my bedroom window with a certain mournful sense of ceremony.’
    • ‘Many of those who voted in favour did so with a reluctance somewhat aside from the military arguments.’
    • ‘Large checks, iridescent fabrics and decadent velvet are all worn with attitude.’
    • ‘It meant that down the years we would collide always with the same pleasure.’
    • ‘It is a juggling act he accomplished with some aplomb during his first half-season in charge.’
    • ‘The link is the instruments for which they are written, performed with great skill and feeling.’
  • 6Indicating responsibility.

    ‘leave it with me’
    • ‘The final decision on that rests with the trade and industry secretary.’
    • ‘The hopes for the future of any local community rest largely with its young people.’
    • ‘In libel the burden of proof rests with the defendant, and there is no entitlement to legal aid.’
    • ‘The final sentence, however, rests with the judge and Beaney may still be put behind bars.’
  • 7In relation to.

    ‘my father will be angry with me’
    • ‘They feel betrayed and are as angry with Bush and Blair as those who always opposed the war.’
    • ‘There are a lot of people in power wanting to make it real easy to be angry with America.’
    • ‘She was a master of tuning him out when she was angry with him and it drove him nuts.’
    • ‘I was about to turn and talk to Rachel but remembered that she was angry with me.’
    • ‘She wasn't sure if Jadrien was angry with her or just James, but she didn't want to find out.’
    • ‘I felt angry with them for being so upbeat and pretending that nothing had happened.’
    • ‘Don't try this exercise when either of you is feeling angry or hurt with the other.’
    • ‘You were angry with the monks for deciding this, but afraid that this would come true.’
    • ‘She had tried desperately to be angry with William Ingalls, but all she wanted to do was die.’
    • ‘Was she so angry with me that she was ignoring me or did she really not care about what happened?’
    • ‘Two of his children had died and they said it was because the gods were angry with him.’
    • ‘He said that then he tore my drawing up and threw it in the fire because he was angry with me.’
    • ‘Many people in the Labour Party are angry with Smith because of his support for the war.’
    • ‘Should this change be accepted everyone who is angry with his brother may be judged.’
    • ‘Brown was so angry with his players that he could barely bring himself to talk to them.’
    • ‘After all, in the other sins God was angry with people who were hurting other people.’
    • ‘Other times, he will say that he is angry with us, and that we have to be sad.’
    • ‘He tried to get me to stop, obviously, but I just got more and more angry with him.’
    • ‘I am getting very angry with teams bringing it to us and us being slow starters.’
    • ‘She knew it was a childish action but she found that she was not angry with him anymore.’
  • 8Employed by.

    ‘she's with IBM now’
    • ‘If he'd still been employed with us we would have suspended him immediately, but he was retired.’
    1. 8.1As a member or employee of.
      ‘he plays with the Cincinnati Cyclones’
      • ‘In August, the future started to look brighter after he secured a job with another removal firm.’
    2. 8.2Using the services of.
      ‘I bank with the TSB’
  • 9Affected by (a particular fact or condition)

    ‘with no hope’
    ‘in bed with lumbago’
    • ‘It is the largest clinical trial to be carried out in patients with early ovarian cancer.’
    • ‘A high proportion of women with osteoarthritis of the hip also have low bone density.’
    • ‘I've been laid up in bed with a nasty flu the last few days, and time is warping on me.’
    • ‘Blue and yellow are not distinguished by those with this condition, and may be seen as white or grey.’
    1. 9.1Indicating the cause of an action or condition.
      ‘trembling with fear’
      ‘the paper was yellow with age’
      • ‘She just stood there; the look of terror on her face increased and she began to tremble with the fear.’
  • 10Indicating separation or removal from something.

    ‘to part with one's dearest possessions’
    ‘their jobs could be dispensed with’
    • ‘The mansions formerly lining the High Street were replaced with retail premises.’


  • away (or off or out, etc.) with

    • Used in exhortations to take or send someone or something away, in, out, etc.

      ‘off with his head’
      ‘away with poverty!’
  • be with someone

    • 1Agree with or support someone.

      ‘we're all with you on this one’
      • ‘The president stated emphatically that though he had asked Powell to be with him and support him in a war, ‘I didn't need his permission.’’
      • ‘It was during times like these that he missed having Julie by his side; she would support him in this career change and she would've been with him in success and in failure.’
      • ‘Paul Flannery said he was especially happy at the support of Bank of Ireland who had been with him all the way.’
      • ‘Either you were with us or you weren't.’
      • ‘At the close of the season it is timely to thank our sponsors and supporters, many of whom have been with us since Norpa's inception in 1993.’
      • ‘For those of you who've been with me from the beginning, thanks for the support and so long.’
      • ‘In a state like Iowa, the winner is probably only going to have 30, 35 percent of the vote, which means about two-thirds of Tom Harkin supporters are going to be with somebody else.’
      • ‘We knew that there were people against it but we thought most were with us.’
    • 2Follow someone's meaning.

      ‘I'm not with you’
      • ‘While we may think the prospect is with us, or understands what we are explaining, it is often difficult for the listener to grasp the logic of our ‘argument’.’
  • with it

    • 1Knowledgeable about and following modern ideas and fashions.

      ‘a young, with-it film buyer’
      • ‘They're aimed at young people wanting to be seen as hip and with it.’
      in fashion, in vogue, voguish, popular, up to the minute, modern, all the rage, modish, trendsetting
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    • 2[usually with negative]Alert and comprehending.

      ‘I'm not really with it this morning’
      quick-witted, sharp, bright, quick, keen, perceptive, wide awake, responsive, agile, acute, astute
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  • with that

    • At that point; immediately after saying or doing something dramatic.

      ‘with that, she flounced out of the room’


Old English, probably a shortening of a Germanic preposition related to obsolete English wither adverse, opposite.