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

News of the letter comes even as some politicians have loudly criticized the immigration agency, even touting plans to draft legislation that would abolish ICE altogether. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man charged with assault after being shot during Homeland Security drug raid," 13 July 2018 In recent weeks, a small number of Democrats have even called for ICE to be abolished altogether. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "ICE names new acting director amid immigration turmoil," 30 June 2018 Activists have been calling for the agency to be abolished altogether. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "ICE Agents Wrote a Letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen About the Impact of "Zero-Tolerance" Immigration Policies on Their Work," 29 June 2018 Regarding reciprocal wild cards in Slams: My proposal is to abolish the wild card in Slams altogether., "Mailbag: Petra Kvitova Is the Best Story in Tennis Right Now, and Maybe in All of Sports," 16 May 2018 So Hiram paid Penny and the Ghoulies to go to war with the Serpents to abolish the Serpents altogether., "Riverdale Season 2, Episode 21 Recap: "Judgment Night"," 10 May 2018 There’s even pending legislation (House Bill 1939) to eliminate it altogether. John Baer,, "The Democratic primary for lieutenant governor is spicier than you think," 29 Apr. 2018 But the stress and pressure of trying to breastfeed, at a certain point, might not be great for your mental health, so stopping altogether might be necessary, and that's OK. Korin Miller, SELF, "Khloé Kardashian Says She Had to Stop Breastfeeding After Two Months," 11 July 2018 Family planning services stopped altogether at the Southside Health Center, and family planning services were reduced at Keenan. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women left waiting for cancer screenings after Milwaukee Health Department stopped providing services," 10 July 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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