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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theydo without
he/she/itdoes without
present participledoing without
past tensedid without
past participledone without
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  1. 1
    do without someone/something to succeed in living or working without someone or something
    There’s no more milk, so I guess we’ll just have to do without.
    Now that they have a regular income, they should be able to do without any help from us.
    You’ll be gone for six days? I think we can do without you for that long.
  2. 2
    can/could do without something spoken used for saying that something is annoying you and causing problems for you
    I could do without all these interruptions.
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