team

noun
\ ˈtēm \

Definition of team

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a number of persons associated together in work or activity: such as
a : a group on one side (as in football or a debate)
b : crew, gang
2a : two or more draft animals harnessed to the same vehicle or implement also : these with their harness and attached vehicle
b : a draft animal often with harness and vehicle
3 : a group of animals: such as
a : a brood especially of young pigs or ducks
b : a matched group of animals for exhibition
4 obsolete : lineage, race

team

adjective

Definition of team (Entry 2 of 3)

: of or performed by a team a team effort also : marked by devotion to teamwork rather than individual achievement a team player

team

verb
teamed; teaming; teams

Definition of team (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to yoke or join in a team also : to put together in a coordinated ensemble
2 : to convey or haul with a team

intransitive verb

1 : to form a team or association : join forces or efforts often used with up
2 : to drive a team or motortruck

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What is the difference between the verbs teem and team?

Verb

If you want to describe an overflowing abundance of something, the word you are looking for is teem. We often see reference to "the teeming masses," "streets teeming with activity," or "forests teeming with life." You want the word team if you are trying to describe pairing two or more things in a coordinated ensemble ("she teamed the oxen together"), or forming some kind of partnership or association ("we are teaming with another organization this year").

Examples of team in a Sentence

Noun

a doubles team in tennis He is the best player on his team. They are the worst team in baseball. To get the job done more quickly, we split up into teams. We worked as a team to put out the fire. The company hired a team of lawyers to advise them. a search and rescue team A dog team pulled the sled.

Verb

a show that teams two of television's funniest comedians
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Squares of incandescent and neon light shine through the windows onto the street, two Lotto machines glimmer in the corner, memorabilia from all of Philly’s teams cover the walls. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 Our team of fiber scientists researched the quilt set market and narrowed it down to these top five picks, taking into account materials, construction, online reviews, and reliable brands that have previously performed well in our tests. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Quilt Sets for a Cozy Night's Sleep, According to Textile Experts," 20 Dec. 2018 After thanking her team, including founder Huber de Givenchy, the designer saved her last thanks for the Duchess of Sussex. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Calls the U.K. "My New Home" at the British Fashion Awards," 11 Dec. 2018 Ellsworth and his team experienced what every Norwegian already knew—and soon, the rest of the world would catch on. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Visit Norway, According To Two Design Insiders," 3 Dec. 2018 Her version includes the two opposing cheer teams coming together for a finale that has them kicking their way to the video’s conclusion. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Watch Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Video Reference "Bring It On," "Mean Girls," "Legally Blonde," and "13 Going on 30"," 30 Nov. 2018 Pelosi has been working methodically to overcome dissatisfaction among some representatives with the lack of youth and diversity on the party’s leadership team. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday shoppers chose their screens over brick-and-mortar stores," 26 Nov. 2018 And more than one racing series has found out the hard way that a spending arms race can make for bad entertainment if one team becomes especially dominant. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "From efficiency to airflow, it’s a golden age for racing tech in our driveways," 23 Nov. 2018 The USA Women's Hockey Team won gold—and fair pay The U.S. women’s hockey team’s win at the 2018 Winter Olympics was a perfect capstone on the season—and their fight for equality. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "9 Times Being a Woman in 2018 Was Genuinely Powerful," 30 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Fallbrook High School hosted all of those meets and also won the boys team league championship with Ramona taking third place. Joe Naiman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Webster, 200 freestyle relay team win Valley League swim titles," 6 May 2018 Hallandale coach John Battle discusses the Chargers' boys and girls team track district titles at the District 15-2A finals on Thursday night. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Anthony Schwartz, Shaun Shivers and Tyson Campbell post blazing times at districts," 13 Apr. 2018 The museum’s collections and exhibitions team speed-created a special mannequin designed to mirror Newton’s measurements and show off his designer threads. Cristina Bolling, charlotteobserver, "Mint’s fashion exhibition gets Cam Newton-sized coup - but with one sizeable challenge...," 3 Oct. 2017 The Rent College Pads team plastered Marquette's campus with posters and signs advertising the site. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The idea earned a ‘D.’ Now Rent College Pads will help students find housing in 100 markets.," 28 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And last night, the organization teamed up with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) to up the game on their HIV / AIDS programming. Vogue, "Acria’s Annual Holiday Dinner Brings Out Sasha Velour and Stephanie’s Child," 14 Dec. 2018 NetTalon teamed up with the Indiana Sheriff’s Association — adding some security features at the group’s suggestion — and the system went live at Southwestern Junior-Senior High for the 2014 school year. Justin Pritchard, The Seattle Times, "Firms sell mass-shooting solutions, but can gadgets and hardware save lives?," 2 Oct. 2018 Dio teamed up with Julien’s Auctions and offered 666 items from the rock icon’s personal collection, including stage props, instruments used over the years, swords, medieval art and more. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Ronnie James Dio's widow says it was 'very difficult' sending his possessions to auction: 'Some of the shirts still smell of him'," 19 Sep. 2018 This will allow other online players to team up and invade your game as AI opponents. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Doom Eternal ushers in idTech 7, bloody new powers," 10 Aug. 2018 Wednesday Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson Two giants of '90s heavy rock have teamed back up for this joint headlining tour — and return to the venue where the pair famously sparked a feud in 2012. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Upcoming Detroit concerts: Beck, Roger Daltrey, Arcade Fire, more," 5 July 2018 Many sponsors have teamed up with Petty over the years, and notably one Southern company has been along for the ride all 24 years—Coca Cola. Southern Living, "NASCAR Legend Trades Four Wheels for Two for Good Cause," 9 May 2018 The youngest Jenner teamed up with her big sis Kendall for yet another epic fashion collab. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Dropped an EPIC New Handbag Line at Walmart – And It's All Under $40," 2 Nov. 2018 Redbook and TLC Network are teaming up to honor heroes fighting bullying in their communities. Jessica Press, Redbook, "Women Need to Know They Don't Have to Take Bullying in the Workplace," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of team

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1552, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for team

Noun

Middle English teme, from Old English tēam offspring, lineage, group of draft animals; akin to Old High German zoum rein, Old English tēon to draw, pull — more at tow entry 1

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team

noun

English Language Learners Definition of team

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of people who compete in a sport, game, etc., against another group

: a group of people who work together

: a group of two or more animals used to pull a wagon, cart, etc.

team

verb

English Language Learners Definition of team (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bring together (two people or things)

team

noun
\ ˈtēm \

Kids Definition of team

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of persons who work or play together a team of scientists a football team
2 : two or more animals used to pull the same vehicle or piece of machinery

team

verb
teamed; teaming

Kids Definition of team (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form a team They teamed up to get the job done.

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