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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 The fall movement may pause for the rut, or stop altogether if the weather turns mild and early snow does not materialize. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "With calves about to drop, Nelchina caribou are moving late and through deep snow," 9 May 2020 Expand on the Meatless Monday concept and experiment with recipes that either reduce or eliminate meat altogether. Lisa Milbrand, Better Homes & Gardens, "4 Unexpected Places to Buy Meat Beyond Your Local Grocery Store," 4 May 2020 The cases have slowed in pace but not stopped altogether since the report. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "One Thing the Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped: Aggressive Medical-Debt Collection," 28 Apr. 2020 Sales volumes are still way down, but at least the business hasn't had to stop altogether. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Auto dealers are closed. Sales have plunged. Online sales are now the industry's best hope," 14 Apr. 2020 While New York City’s education leaders have insisted on continuing remote learning even as other districts have stopped classes altogether, no one has argued that online education is an equal substitute for attending a physical school. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "N.Y.C. Closes Schools for Academic Year, but Cuomo Says It’s His Decision," 11 Apr. 2020 On Monday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered the primary election stop altogether. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, "Get out the vote (and masks)," 7 Apr. 2020 And just a couple of weeks ago, her clinic escort group stopped their work altogether. Lauren Rankin,, "What It’s Like Fighting For Abortion Access In America In The Age Of Coronavirus," 2 Apr. 2020 Less obvious, but equally significant, is the work of those in an altogether different field: surveillance. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pandemic dilemma: Emergency surveillance won’t be easy to unplug," 30 Mar. 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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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Altogether.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 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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