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 the posed in the altogether

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Some tell Rest of World that the new fees have convinced them to cancel Netflix altogether. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 31 May 2022 Progressives have urged Biden to cancel varying amounts of student loan debt and others have called for the administration to cancel student loan debt altogether. Byrick Klein,averi Harper, ABC News, 27 Apr. 2022 There will be disgruntled subscribers who may cancel altogether. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Apr. 2022 Some Democrats, including Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, have urged Biden to cancel student debt altogether, while other have simply asked for another extension on the moratorium while lawmakers work to reform the system. Courtney Vinopal, Quartz, 23 Mar. 2022 Those who had plans to travel to Ukraine and Russia are obviously very mindful of the risks and have most likely taken actions to postpone or cancel their travel plans altogether. Christopher Elliott, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 Off-camera, Singer was under investigation for allegedly making racist remarks on set, forcing the network to postpone the Season 13 reunion, then cancel it altogether — the first time the show would go without the perennial gathering. Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2022 Long-haul carriers that normally cross Eastern Europe to get to Asia are being forced to re-route or cancel flights altogether. Joe Sutton, Pete Muntean And Karla Cripps, CNN, 28 Feb. 2022 Curtis says practicing a few times at home first is the way to avoid that stressful scenario altogether. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 7 June 2022 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, 22 Oct. 2017 See More

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

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23 Jun 2022

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“Altogether.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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 being considered Altogether it's the best choice.
3 : when everything is added together How much rain will we get altogether?

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