\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



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


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?


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


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.


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

But this France team has an air of destiny about it, much like the legendary squad that won it all 20 years ago on home turf. Ed Barkowitz,, "Atlantic City bookies offer odds and props for Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia," 13 July 2018 This is where teams such as the Dodgers and Yankees have the advantage over the Brewers. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers looking to go big with Manny Machado, who is an absolutely perfect fit," 13 July 2018 Both teams will have NFL-level talent on defense to challenge the front five. Conor Orr,, "An NFL Fan’s Viewing Guide to the 2019 College Football Season," 13 July 2018 Houshmandzadeh told Cowherd the team had a water fountain but didn't provide bottled water or Gatorade in the locker room. Dave Clark,, "T.J. Houshmandzadeh: Bengals gave players used jockstraps, didn't have Gatorade," 12 July 2018 Each team would have to deal with the company separately, according to Yahoo Sports. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "MLB suspends 'Papa Slam' promotion after Papa John's controversy: report," 12 July 2018 Since the stat began being tracked on the site in 2002, only nine teams have had worse seasons, with the 2005 Yankees at minus-120 being the worst. Jon Meoli,, "Try as they might, Orioles can't use out-of-position players as reason for league's worst defense," 12 July 2018 According to Perry, his team has to get dozens of fake accounts shutdown daily. CBS News, "Trace Adkins says taking down impostors on social media like playing "whack-a-mole"," 12 July 2018 The team’s Twitter has an answer for all the negativity, though. Jack White, USA TODAY, "Montgomery Biscuits' 'Millennial Night' plans met with serious backlash on Twitter," 12 July 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,, "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,, "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

Ivanhoe is re-teaming with Crazy Rich Asians helmer Jon M. Chu on the potential film. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Crazy Rich Asians' Director Eyes Thai Cave Rescue Movie," 12 July 2018 Prior to the episodes, Bosh, now 34, teamed with James and Dwyane Wade to help lead the Heat to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances from 2011 to 2014, after joining the Heat as a free agent in July 2010, with championships in 2012 and '13. Ira Winderman,, "Is Chris Bosh considering LeBron reunion with Lakers?," 2 July 2018 Experts from the San Diego Zoo, where Quincy resides, teamed up with glucose monitor maker Dexcom and Scripps Health to help Quincy, who has type 1 (insulin deficient) diabetes. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Quincy the San Diego Zoo's diabetic koala, gets help from Dexcom," 25 June 2018 Agencies from throughout Kane County are teaming together to help provide services to crime victims in the wake of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office loss of grant funding for the project. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Agencies team together to provide victim services after Kane County loses grant money," 7 June 2018 Two women, one from Zion and another from Libertyville, have teamed up to help people displaced by a fire at the end of April at Buckingham Place apartments in Waukegan. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "'Building up others': Volunteers collect donations for residents displaced by Waukegan apartment fire," 21 May 2018 To help ensure that Uber's fleets can operate safely and efficiently in busy urban areas, the company has teamed up with NASA to gather data on air traffic and safety issues from a research facility near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Uber just unveiled a prototype of its futuristic air taxi," 9 May 2018 Meanwhile, Chrones and Flaws have teamed up to help the Titans post 10 shutouts through their first 22 games. Hunter Tickel,, "High five: Glenbrook South's handful of sophomores making an impact on the field," 8 May 2018 Kansas City Chiefs tight ends teamed up with Kansas City Community Gardens at Luff Elementary to help plant vegetables in the school’s gardens. Terez A. Paylor, kansascity, "The Star’s seven-round Kansas City Chiefs NFL draft projection, version 2.0 | The Kansas City Star," 21 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'team.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of team


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1552, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 tow entry 1

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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.



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

: to bring together (two people or things)


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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


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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a state of commotion or excitement

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