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with O.E. wið "against, opposite, toward," a shortened form related to wiðer, from P.Gmc. *withro- "against" (Cf. O.S. withar "against," O.N. viðr "against, with, toward, at," M.Du., Du. weder, Du. weer "again," Goth. wiþra "against, opposite"), from PIE *wi-tero-, lit. "more apart," from root *wi- "separation" (Cf. Skt. vi, Avestan vi- "asunder," Skt. vitaram "further, farther," O.C.S. vutoru "other, second"). In M.E., sense shifted to denote association, combination, and union, partly by influence of O.N. vidh, and also perhaps by L. cum "with" (as in pugnare cum "fight with"). In this sense, it replaced O.E. mid "with," which survives only as a prefix (e.g. MIDWIFE (Cf. midwife)). Original sense of "against, in opposition" is retained in compounds such as WITHHOLD (Cf. withhold), WITHDRAW (Cf. withdraw), WITHSTAND (Cf. withstand). Often treated as a conjunction by ungrammatical writers and used where and would be correct. First record of with child "pregnant" is recorded from c.1200. With it "cool" is black slang, recorded by 1931.

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  • 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • with — Accredit Ac*cred it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Accredited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Accrediting}.] [F. accr[ e]diter; [ a] (L. ad) + cr[ e]dit credit. See {Credit}.] 1. To put or bring into credit; to invest with credit or authority; to sanction. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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