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team

noun \ ˈtēm \
Updated on: 19 May 2018
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
2 a : 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

Examples of team in a Sentence

  1. a doubles team in tennis

  2. He is the best player on his team.

  3. They are the worst team in baseball.

  4. To get the job done more quickly, we split up into teams.

  5. We worked as a team to put out the fire.

  6. The company hired a team of lawyers to advise them.

  7. a search and rescue team

  8. A dog team pulled the sled.

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Origin and Etymology of team

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 1tow

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team

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

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First Known Use of team

14th century

in the meaning defined above

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team

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

Examples of team in a Sentence

  1. a show that teams two of television's funniest comedians

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What is the difference between the verbs teem and team?

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").

First Known Use of team

1552

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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TEAM Defined for English Language Learners

team

  • : 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

  • : to bring together (two people or things)


TEAM Defined for Kids

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team

noun \ ˈtēm \
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

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team

verb
teamed; teaming
: to form a team
  • They teamed up to get the job done.


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