altogether

adverb
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.

altogether

noun

Definition of altogether (Entry 2 of 2)

informal
: nude used with the posed 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

His smile transformed his face—which was forbidding and tough, a fighter’s face—into something altogether different. Tara Conklin, Vogue, "After Divorce, Floating Another Chance at Love," 6 Feb. 2019 Unsurprisingly, Timothée stans are pretty pissed about this blunder—so much so that many of our legion have decided to boycott the Oscars altogether. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet," 25 Jan. 2019 More often than not, Earth’s shadow misses the moon altogether. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "How a Total Lunar Eclipse Works," 18 Jan. 2019 The chief protection officer, an inspector with the Metropolitan Police who remains unnamed for security reasons, is retiring from the police force altogether, not just her position guarding the royal family, a source tells BAZAAR.com. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Bodyguard Is Reportedly Stepping Down," 15 Jan. 2019 Similar critiques about white privilege power dynamics have shown up in other notable causes, such as the feminist movement and progressive activism altogether. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019 The company grounded its operation, while Khosrowshahi weighed whether to pull the plug altogether. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 His office also did not disclose several of the meetings altogether because doing so could jeopardize efforts to recruit companies to Chicago, Emanuel spokesman Grant Klinzman said. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Who is in Asia with Emanuel? Campaign donors, lobbyists, developers, business heavyweights," 13 July 2018 And just this week, the British royal was reported to have cut out alcohol and caffeine altogether at his wife's request, looking happier and healthier than ever with the expectant mother-to-be at his side. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "All the Ways Meghan Markle Has Transformed Prince Harry’s Bad Boy Health Habits," 4 Jan. 2019

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

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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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altogether

adverb

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

altogether

adverb
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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