team

noun
\ ˈtēm How to pronounce team (audio) \

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

This number that informs every decision by the NBA’s wonkiest team and explains the marvelous season of James Harden is a very specific one: 1.16. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "James Harden Was the Most Valuable Player. Then He Became Invaluable.," 26 Mar. 2019 Lev Valerievich Bure, born on February 20, 2000, clearly got his father's genes: The 19-year-old just started off his hockey career with the Odessa Jackalope, a junior hockey team based in Texas. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Meet 'Fuller House' Star Candace Cameron Bure's Husband and Three Kids," 17 Mar. 2019 On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that Acosta’s team broke the law by concealing the agreement from more than 30 girls who said they were abused by Epstein, Brown reports. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 For example, Laukkanen and his team’s recent findings, published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, found that one 30-minute sauna session significantly lowered blood pressure in 102 people with at least one cardiovascular risk factor. SELF, "Does the Steam Room at the Gym Actually Do Anything?," 4 Jan. 2019 The 33-year-old, a native of Auvergne west of Lyon, heads the pastry department at Paris’s Le Meurice hotel, overseeing a team of 30. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "The Patisseries in Paris That Everyone’s Talking About," 12 Mar. 2019 For example, Kevin Jonas's wife, Danielle Jonas, is pictured walking a veritable sledding team of corgis. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Jonas Brothers's New Music Video Is Inspired By The Favourite and the Royal Family," 1 Mar. 2019 Something, anything, to keep your reader from the truth: that your subject is an abstraction-spouting workaholic with a huge team of people who have drawn, rendered, detailed, supervised, constructed the work in question. Curbed, "Critical Eye: A year in review," 20 Dec. 2018 The bank reorganized its internal audit division, carving out new teams, including one that focuses exclusively on inconsistent consumer practices. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Wells Fargo Hires Strategic Enterprise Risk Chief," 4 Mar. 2019

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

Christina and Tarek teamed up once again for season eight, which launches on HGTV this spring. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "What to Know About Christina El Moussa's New Show 'Christina on the Coast'," 24 Mar. 2019 To make SameYou possible, Clarke teamed up with several U.K. and U.S. partners, such as the Stroke Association, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Nursing Now, and more. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Emilia Clarke Opens Up About Suffering From Brain Injuries, and Then Announces Her New Charity, SameYou," 21 Mar. 2019 The street style star, who's always mastered the art of a good pair of sunnies, teamed up with Westward Leaning to design a collection of her own. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Olivia Palermo Designed a Collection to Save Us From the Tiny Sunglasses Trend," 12 Mar. 2019 In honor of International Women's Day, Shire teamed up with the International Rescue Committee in partnership with Girl Rising to produce a short film that speaks to the realities that refugees face and the ones that that affect girls in particular. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Let the Poet Warsan Shire Tell You About the "Bravest Girl in the World"," 8 Mar. 2019 Berkshire first teamed up with Brazilian private-equity firm 3G Capital to buy H.J. Heinz Co. in 2013. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, "Berkshire’s Stock Gets Caught in the Kraft Heinz Swoon," 22 Feb. 2019 The next day, Meadows teamed up with Blevins and Nelson, also an NRG player, to win the $200,000 Twitch Rivals Apex Legends tournament against a lineup of streaming megastars. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Royale rumble: ‘Apex Legends’ smashing ‘Fortnite’ records," 20 Feb. 2019 The 36-year-old actress teamed the trench, with billowing sleeves, layered lapels and a huge collar, with relaxed blue jeans (likely a bargain, knowing her taste in denim), a simple satin shirt, and pointed white boots. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Sophia Bush Are Both Loving This Bold and Bright Yellow Trench," 28 Jan. 2019 Designart also teamed up with the Swedish Society of Crafts to present a showcase of works by young Swedish designers. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 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 How to pronounce team (audio) \

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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