al·​to·​geth·​er | \ ˌȯl-tə-ˈge-t͟hər How to pronounce altogether (audio) \

Definition of altogether

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : wholly, completely an altogether different problem stopped raining altogether
2 : in all : all told spent a hundred dollars altogether
3 : on the whole Altogether their efforts were successful.



Definition of altogether (Entry 2 of 2)

: nude used with the posed in the altogether

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Examples of altogether in a Sentence


They had an altogether new idea. If we don't do something now, the forests may disappear altogether. It's best to avoid the situation altogether. Altogether, their efforts were successful.


had never posed in the altogether for a photographer before
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

On Wednesday, the council is expected to eliminate the option altogether. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Looking to opt out of street work? In St. Paul, you may be out of luck," 11 June 2019 Barring eliminating the treads altogether—which might mean spinning out on a misting of morning dew—the best move is to make sure the treads don’t trap air. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Bridgestone's New Tire Makes Driving Electric as Quiet as It Should Be," 5 June 2019 There are members of Parliament who want to find a way to stop Brexit altogether, and approving the would mean giving up that dream. Jen Kirby, Vox, "British Prime Minister Theresa May survives no-confidence vote," 12 Dec. 2018 Aerojet, meanwhile, began spending less of its own money on AR1 development and stopped internal funding of the engine altogether this spring. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Amazon’s Jeff Bezos will now sell rocket engines, too," 27 Sep. 2018 Although pragmatic Brexiteers and Remainers may back her, hardliners may be tempted to hold out for either a harder deal or for stopping Brexit altogether. The Economist, "A new Brexit plan creates fresh depths of chaos," 12 July 2018 Now, the host of small banks that continued dealing with the Islamic Republic are either restricting trades with Iran or stopping them altogether. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "King Dollar Tightens Noose on Iranian Economy," 25 June 2018 Exports consequently dropped off between 2012 and 2013, a trend that continued until last year, when the world’s biggest buyer warned its scrap plastic purchases would stop altogether. Fortune, "China Just Handed the World a 111 Million Ton Trash Problem," 20 June 2018 Chu's ultimate goal is to stop the clock change altogether. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "End of daylight saving time inches closer in California," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to my calculations, the White House methodology yields the absurd conclusion that eliminating the corporate tax altogether would boost annual household wages by up to $20,000. Jason Furman, WSJ, "No, the GOP Tax Plan Won’t Give You a $9,000 Raise," 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of altogether


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for altogether

Adverb and Noun

Middle English altogedere, from al all + togedere together

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The first known use of altogether was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of altogether

: completely and fully
: with everything added together : when everything is added up
: in a general way : when everything is considered


al·​to·​geth·​er | \ ˌȯl-tə-ˈge-t͟hər How to pronounce altogether (audio) \

Kids Definition of altogether

1 : completely I'm not altogether sure.
2 : with everything taken into consideration Altogether our school is one of the best.
3 : when everything is added together How much rain will we get altogether?

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