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Meaning of WITH

Pronunciation:  widh

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \With\, n.
    See {Withe}.
  2. \With\, prep. [OE. with, AS. wi? with, against; akin to AS.
    wi?er against, OFries. with, OS. wi?, wi?ar, D. weder,
    we[^e]r (in comp.), G. wider against, wieder gain, OHG. widar
    again, against, Icel. vi? against, with, by, at, Sw. vid at,
    by, Dan. ved, Goth. wipra against, Skr. vi asunder. Cf.
    {Withdraw}, {Withers}, {Withstand}.]
    With denotes or expresses some situation or relation of
    nearness, proximity, association, connection, or the like. It
    is used especially:
    1. To denote a close or direct relation of opposition or
       hostility; -- equivalent to against.
             Thy servant will . . . fight with this Philistine.
                                                   --1 Sam. xvii.
    Note: In this sense, common in Old English, it is now
          obsolete except in a few compounds; as, withhold;
          withstand; and after the verbs fight, contend,
          struggle, and the like.
    2. To denote association in respect of situation or
       environment; hence, among; in the company of.
             I will buy with you, talk with you, walk with you,
             and so following; but I will not eat with you, drink
             with you, nor pray with you.          --Shak.
             Pity your own, or pity our estate, Nor twist our
             fortunes with your sinking fate.      --Dryden.
             See where on earth the flowery glories lie; With her
             they flourished, and with her they die. --Pope.
             There is no living with thee nor without thee.
             Such arguments had invincible force with those pagan
             philosophers.                         --Addison.
    3. To denote a connection of friendship, support, alliance,
       assistance, countenance, etc.; hence, on the side of.
             Fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee.
                                                   --Gen. xxvi.
    4. To denote the accomplishment of cause, means, instrument,
       etc; -- sometimes equivalent to by.
             That with these fowls I be all to-rent. --Chaucer.
             Thou wilt be like a lover presently, And tire the
             hearer with a book of words.          --Shak.
             [He] entertained a coffeehouse with the following
             narrative.                            --Addison.
             With receiving your friends within and amusing them
             without, you lead a good, pleasant, bustling life of
             it.                                   --Goldsmith.
    5. To denote association in thought, as for comparison or
             Can blazing carbuncles with her compare. --Sandys.
    6. To denote simultaneous happening, or immediate succession
       or consequence.
             With that she told me . . . that she would hide no
             truth from me.                        --Sir P.
             With her they flourished, and with her they die.
             With this he pointed to his face.     --Dryden.
    7. To denote having as a possession or an appendage; as, the
       firmament with its stars; a bride with a large fortune.
       ``A maid with clean hands.'' --Shak.
    Note: With and by are closely allied in many of their uses,
          and it is not easy to lay down a rule by which to
          distinguish their uses. See the Note under {By}.