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altogether

adverb al·to·geth·er \ ˌȯl-tə-ˈge-t͟hər \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of altogether

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.

Examples of altogether in a Sentence

  1. They had an altogether new idea.

  2. If we don't do something now, the forests may disappear altogether.

  3. It's best to avoid the situation altogether.

  4. Altogether, their efforts were successful.

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Origin and Etymology of altogether

Middle English altogedere, from al all + togedere together


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altogether

noun

Definition of altogether

informal
: nude used with the
  • posed in the altogether

Examples of altogether in a Sentence

  1. had never posed in the altogether for a photographer before

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Origin and Etymology of altogether

altogether Synonyms



ALTOGETHER Defined for English Language Learners

altogether

adverb

Definition of altogether for English Language Learners

  • : completely and fully

  • : with everything added together : when everything is added up

  • : in a general way : when everything is considered


ALTOGETHER Defined for Kids

altogether

adverb al·to·geth·er \ ˌȯl-tə-ˈge-t͟hər \

Definition of altogether for Students

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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