tan·​dem | \ ˈtan-dəm How to pronounce tandem (audio) \

Definition of tandem

 (Entry 1 of 3)

b(1) : a 2-seated carriage drawn by horses harnessed one before the other
(2) : a team so harnessed
c : a vehicle (such as a motortruck) having close-coupled pairs of axles
2 : a group of two or more arranged one behind the other or used or acting in conjunction
in tandem
1 : in partnership or conjunction
2 : in a tandem arrangement



Definition of tandem (Entry 2 of 3)

: one after or behind another ride tandem



Definition of tandem (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : consisting of things or having parts arranged one behind the other
2 : working or occurring in conjunction with each other

Examples of tandem in a Sentence

Noun The team has a tandem of talented guards.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Bank of England could also help by raising interest rates in tandem with the Fed, but BOE Governor Andrew Bailey prefers to make a scapegoat of the new government to cover his dovish inflation record. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2022 However, ride manufacturer, Skyline Attractions, in collaboration with the park, was able to make significant changes to both the ride itself and the computers that work in tandem with the attraction, Potter said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2022 Proponents hope the grassland restoration and cheetah repopulation will flourish in tandem. Bilal Kuchay, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Sep. 2022 While FedEx's main rival UPS has not yet announced a rate increase of its own, the two companies have historically increased rates in tandem. Rob Wile, NBC News, 23 Sep. 2022 Supporters and legal experts have said that is not the case and that the ballot measure will work in tandem with state laws. Melody Gutierrezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 The sharper, more fuller sound is in part thanks to Apple's new H2 chip, which works in tandem with a custom driver and amplifier to produce the sound with less distortion. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 22 Sep. 2022 Ordinarily short- and long-term bonds move in tandem. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 21 Sep. 2022 Language has always evolved in tandem with shifting social mores, and which words are regarded as offensive naturally changes over time. Harry Cheadle, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective ProSeed works in tandem local governments to identify underserved villages and construct sustainable education institutions. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 14 July 2022 Firefighters found the woman trapped under the front axle of the tandem-style bus, the fire department said in a news release. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 6 July 2022 An even better and definitely much easier way to enjoy those vistas is a tandem paraglide flight down over Kaş from nearby Babadağ. Lisa Morrow, CNN, 25 Apr. 2022 Windsports also offers tandem flight lessons at Kagel Mountain in Angeles National Forest. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 The contest, a spectator favorite, includes tandem rides for dogs and their human friends or furry friends along with tricks and costumes. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2021 If there are two gigawatts of tandem solar cells sold by next December, not just by Cubic, but by any manufacturer, van Mierlo wins. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2021 Jones and DeAndre Hopkins would instantly form the league's most lethal wideout tandem, forcing defenses into a terrible choice of poison while allowing Green, Christian Kirk and rookie Rondale Moore to prey on overmatched corners. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tandem


circa 1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1b(1)


circa 1795, in the meaning defined above


1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tandem


Latin, at last, at length (taken to mean "lengthwise"), from tam so; akin to Old English thæt that

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“Tandem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tandem. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for tandem


tan·​dem | \ ˈtan-dəm How to pronounce tandem (audio) \

Kids Definition of tandem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a carriage pulled by horses hitched one behind the other



Kids Definition of tandem (Entry 2 of 2)

: one behind another


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