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

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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 Some 40 minor league clubs were eliminated altogether. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Minor league baseball is back. But for Texas Rangers’ affiliates, the challenges will continue," 3 May 2021 In a statement released Friday, the Personal Insurance Federation of Florida urged DeSantis to veto the bill, saying cost hikes will result in more low-income drivers forgoing insurance altogether. Ron Hurtibise,, "What you need to know about pending changes to Florida insurance laws," 3 May 2021 Denmark based its decision to stop using AstraZeneca and J&J altogether in part on the availability of alternatives such as the Pfizer vaccine. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "What’s the future of vaccines linked to rare clotting disorders? Science breaks down the latest," 3 May 2021 Among the more drastic options that could be considered: putting the Globes on hiatus, keeping the show but jettisoning the HFPA, or scrapping the awards altogether. Los Angeles Times, "Golden Globes organization vowed to change. Then came turmoil. What went wrong?," 2 May 2021 Since then, the restaurant has changed owners several times, including a brief, misbegotten rebranding in the early 1980s as Buon Appetito, which abandoned pies altogether along with the rest of the site’s history. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how an airport cafe specializing in pie grew into the Anchorage institution known as Peggy’s Restaurant," 2 May 2021 Group homes are shrinking, merging or on the verge of closing altogether. New York Times, "Should Nurses Take a 30% Pay Cut When Their Patient Turns 23?," 1 May 2021 If the dispute continues, however, Google might decide to take further action and ask for the YouTube TV channel to be removed altogether. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "So many Roku owners will be angry when they see this news," 30 Apr. 2021 In 2021, with staff revolts in response to Simon & Schuster’s signing of Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway to multi-million dollar deals—and general angst about publishing former Trump administration officials—the story has collapsed altogether. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "What Does Book Publishing Stand For?," 30 Apr. 2021 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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Time Traveler for altogether

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

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6 May 2021

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“Altogether.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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