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Verb

Infinitive
to do without

Third person singular
does without

Simple past
done without

Past participle
-

Present participle
doing without

to do without (third-person singular simple present does without, present participle doing without, simple past and past participle done without)
  1. To manage despite the lack of something.
    If you are prepared to do without a break in summer, we could have a really good skiing holiday in winter.

Usage notes

  • There is a special idiomatic use with the modal can. See can do without, and could do without.
  • The negative is normally formed using can't. I can't do without my summer break. Other modal verbs can be used for different intonations of the negative aspect.

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