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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 This change comes on the heels of Facebook's refusal to fact-check all political ads, which made waves once again last fall following Twitter's decision to ban political ads on its platform altogether. Anabel Pasarow,, "After All Those Bloomberg Memes, Instagram Is Changing Its Sponcon Policy," 18 Feb. 2020 But a number of US allies are taking a different approach to dealing with the telecom giant, hoping to manage the potential risks rather than banning Huawei equipment altogether. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The US Fears Huawei Because It Knows How Tempting Backdoors Are," 11 Feb. 2020 After an avian influenza outbreak in 2013, the government tried unsuccessfully to ban wet markets altogether, but was forced to reopen many of them when more dangerous black markets popped up in their place. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Coronavirus, bird flu, swine fever: Why China is still so susceptible to disease outbreaks," 6 Feb. 2020 The Obama White House in 2014 had directed the Pentagon to study alternatives that would comply with a 1997 international treaty, signed by 160 countries, that banned the weapons altogether. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "Trump Administration Eases U.S. Restrictions on Use of Land Mines," 31 Jan. 2020 And then there is the most provocative suggestion the city put out: banning cars from the road altogether, which is used as a major access point for commercial traffic heading into downtown. Adam Vaccaro,, "State Street’s dreary pedestrian conditions could get a big upgrade," 11 Jan. 2020 Google limited the ability of political advertisers to target small segments of the population and Twitter banned political ads altogether. Jeremy B. Merrill, Quartz, "Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine," 9 Jan. 2020 Many airlines have reduced flights to China or canceled them altogether. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "Stocks in China slide on coronavirus fears," 3 Feb. 2020 Using a disinformation campaign, coupled with the targeting of transportation infrastructure, hackers managed to bring an imaginary city to a standstill, sowing chaos and forcing officials to cancel the election altogether. Pete Gelling, Quartz, "Even the famously low-tech Iowa caucus is facing fears of election hacking," 2 Feb. 2020 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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The first known use of altogether was before the 12th century

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Altogether.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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