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 theposed 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 Twitter, for example, banned some political ads altogether and is limiting targeting for other ads that focus on social issues. Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg, Time, "Facebook Still Won’t Fact-Check Political Ads Headed Into Election Season," 9 Jan. 2020 In that time, Twitter banned political ads altogether, while Google announced changes to how ads can be microtargeted to users. NBC News, "Facebook's final word on political ads: No changes to microtargeting but more control for users," 9 Jan. 2020 The French government took the drastic step of banning surfing and swimming on the island’s coast altogether, but the deaths have continued all the same. Rowan Moore Gerety, New York Times, "Why Hiking Beats Surfing on Réunion Island (Hint: Sharks!)," 28 Dec. 2019 Some are even pushing for possibly banning political ads altogether, the Journal reports. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Trump leverages Facebook's powerful ad tools to push anti-impeachment message," 18 Dec. 2019 Some of them, like Twitter and TikTok, banned political advertising altogether. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Each platform’s approach to political ads in one table," 13 Dec. 2019 That might involve giving the government veto power on whether tours can be operated on a day-to-day basis, or banning visits of these sorts altogether. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "After the White Island volcano tragedy, can visitors trust New Zealand’s adventure tourism?," 10 Dec. 2019 There is also support for restricting flavored tobacco or banning it altogether. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Minnesota sues Juul for targeting kids as reports of vaping-related injuries swell," 4 Dec. 2019 Some French lawmakers called for banning Black Friday altogether., "Black Friday kicks off scramble in a shorter shopping season - The Boston Globe," 1 Dec. 2019 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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Time Traveler for altogether

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

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Altogether.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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