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 Some can ask for changes to their compensation, title or job description—but others may leave their overstuffed roles altogether. Krithika Varagur, WSJ, "Did Your Job Description Go Out the Window During the Pandemic?," 28 Mar. 2021 After Trump was elected, many young evangelicals began to leave their churches altogether. Stephanie Russell-kraft, The New Republic, "Can Religion Give You PTSD?," 23 Mar. 2021 The Mighty Sound of Maryland Marching Band stopped playing the song in 2017, while the Maryland Jockey Club, which switched to only the song’s least-offensive third verse that year, decided to skip it altogether for the most recent Preakness. Bryn Stole, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland General Assembly votes to trash state’s pro-Confederate official state song," 19 Mar. 2021 This time around, anyone who was planning to catch up on shows in spring 2020 will likely have to skip some categories altogether. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "What Ever Happened to the Tonys?," 12 Mar. 2021 David West, a former N.B.A. player, has started the Professional Collegiate League, and the N.B.A.’s development league has recently begun courting top 18-year-olds who want to skip college altogether on their way to the N.B.A. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "A New League’s Shot at the N.C.A.A.: $100,000 Salaries for High School Players," 4 Mar. 2021 Elle and her fiance would have preferred to skip this whole ordeal altogether and just get married at the courthouse. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Pared down wedding invites exclude disabled sister’s husband," 12 Jan. 2021 Elle and her fiance would have preferred to skip this whole ordeal altogether and just get married at the courthouse. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My daughter doesn’t want to invite her brother-in-law to her wedding," 12 Jan. 2021 Some, including Marcus Morris, wanted to skip the game altogether. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Draymond Green: Pro-Trump Capitol siege ‘a f— you’ to Black Americans," 7 Jan. 2021 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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Time Traveler for altogether

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

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31 Mar 2021

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“Altogether.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/altogether. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for altogether

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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