altogether

adverb
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.

altogether

noun

Definition of altogether (Entry 2 of 2)

informal
: nude used with the posed in the altogether

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Examples of altogether in a Sentence

Adverb

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.

Noun

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

These include another referendum to revoke the exit altogether, a general election or a sudden breakaway from the EU. ... Jason Douglas, WSJ, "May’s Brexit Deal Is Rejected for a Third Time by Lawmakers," 29 Mar. 2019 Other than ditching foundation altogether, British makeup artist Sam Chapman of Real Techniques recently introduced me to an unexpected-yet-easy solution: Swap out my dense foundation brush for a fluffy one. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Game-Changing Power of Applying Your Foundation With a Highlighter Brush," 22 Mar. 2019 This could allow the crew to race to pile on (or avoid altogether) an otherwise unseen enemy force. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Crazy Ad for an Israeli Future Tank Is Something Else," 12 Mar. 2019 By paying the debt in full Cersei has allowed Tycho to wash his hands of the Lannisters altogether. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Season 8: 18 Fan Theories to Know," 18 Mar. 2019 Sleep apnea involves snoring and irregular breathing, even to the point breathing stops altogether for a moment. Danielle Corcione, Teen Vogue, "How to Tell if You Have a Sleep Disorder," 14 Mar. 2019 Many rallied that the NBC show cut the feature altogether. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coaches Are Getting Serious Heat for How They're Treating John Legend," 26 Feb. 2019 This doesn’t, however, expose the failure of gun control altogether, but rather the limits of leaving gun policies to a patchwork of local and state laws. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 Leave the rest of your look neutral, and feel free to skip on any other eye makeup altogether. Zoë Weiner, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Wore Green Negative-Space Eye Makeup to the People’s Choice Awards," 13 Nov. 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

Adverb

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

Noun

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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altogether

adverb

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

altogether

adverb
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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