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[with-awl, with-] /wɪðˈɔl, wɪθ-/
with it all; as well; besides.
in spite of all; nevertheless.
Archaic. with that; therewith.
with (used after its object).
Origin of withal
1150-1200; Middle English phrase with al(le); replacing Old English mid ealle, mid eallum. See with, all Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for withal
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  • I would seek but leave, and withal grace, to spend my love upon Him.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • And she was so human, so full of life, so ignorant, and withal so pure in reality.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • And withal she poured upon him such a torrent of questions that Philip did not know what to do.

    Uncle Joe's Stories Edward Hugessen Knatchbull-Hugesson, First Baron Brabourne
  • And his instinct told him withal that he must ignore her mood if he would win her from it.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • It is a powerful fish, and withal a very game one, being a swift swimmer, and must be handled very carefully when hooked.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • It seemed to her the embodiment of evil, yet withal of wisdom, too.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • They are remarkably free from the vice he charges them withal—and have been admitted to be so by the most captious critics.

  • And withal, he laid the blue eagle on his lance at the feet of Yolande.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Nigel, even as a prophet of woe, was a very human person and withal a philosopher.

    The Great Prince Shan E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He is a man of initiative and push, and withal he is a man of sincerity and tact.

British Dictionary definitions for withal


(literary) as well; likewise
(literary) nevertheless
(archaic) therewith
(postpositive) an archaic word for with
Word Origin
C12: from with + all
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for withal

"in addition," late 14c., from Middle English with alle (c.1200), superseding Old English mid ealle "wholly" (see with).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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