al·​to·​geth·​er | \ˌȯl-tə-ˈge-t͟hər \

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

Instead, doctors have for years advised that children avoid peanuts altogether, not an easy task. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Experimental Drug Shows Promise Protecting Against Peanut Allergies," 18 Nov. 2018 If stability is the concern, why not review themes with more scrutiny or just eliminate free ones altogether? Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung will only allow free themes to be used for 14 days starting with Android 9 Pie update," 15 Nov. 2018 The Battle Rounds on the The Voice are always tough, as many artists that viewers already love often get stolen by other teams or get eliminated altogether. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "'The Voice' Fans Cannot Believe Jennifer Hudson Eliminated Matt Johnson Last Night," 23 Oct. 2018 Of course, technology also has the capability to create new jobs — or just change the nature of the work people are doing — rather than eliminate jobs altogether. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Why no one really knows how many jobs automation will replace," 20 Oct. 2018 Without it, resources could be deployed to the wrong part of a fire, the wrong fire altogether, or not even be deployed. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Verizon Throttled California Fire Department's Data During Largest Fire in California History," 22 Aug. 2018 That’s why the dream of eliminating parking altogether, aided by quickly developing autonomous vehicle technology, or automating the process of moving cars to temporary parking, has become so tantalizing. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why valet parking is the future of smarter urban transit," 6 Aug. 2018 According to Forbes, however, the Columbus Police Department and the Ohio Bureau of Investigation have tools able to bypass an iPhone's security code altogether. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "FBI Unlocks a Suspect's iPhone Using His Face," 1 Oct. 2018 Bottom line: the appointment I had so dreaded for so long was altogether a non-event. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "I Went to the Gyno for the First Time and Here's What Happened," 13 Sep. 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


Middle English altogedere, from al all + togedere together


see altogether entry 1

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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 \

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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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