\ 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



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

His legal team, which initially included Anthony Spinella and Wesley Horton, has been bolstered since his conviction with Hartford attorney Hubert J. Santos and former state Supreme Court Justice Joette Katz. David Owens,, "Glastonbury businessman Bruce Bemer faces sentencing in human trafficking trial," 11 June 2019 Facing his old team, Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara took the loss, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks in five innings. Wells Dusenbury,, "Marlins lose fifth straight, drop series opener to Cardinals," 11 June 2019 Life at Huawei: trains, European design, and lunch naps ✨ Optimize your home life with our Gear team’s best picks, from robot vacuums to affordable mattresses to smart speakers. Gretchen Mcculloch, WIRED, "Fans Are Better Than Tech at Organizing Information Online," 11 June 2019 The 35-year-old right-hander, signed to a $30 million two-year contract in free agency, remained unbeaten with his new team on Monday night, limiting the Oakland Athletics to two hits over seven shutout innings of a 6-2 victory. Fred Goodall,, "Charlie Morton pitches Rays to 6-2 victory over Oakland and into first place in AL East," 11 June 2019 But Goode, who holds two degrees in software engineering and economics, built up enough clients to expand his team, and eventually moved into an office. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How this 32-year-old in Mission Valley created a multimillion-dollar startup," 11 June 2019 Team President Michael Bidwill has his own security team, comprised mostly of Arizona DPS officers whose regular job is providing protection to the governor. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "David Ortiz shooting is a sober reminder of the danger celebrity athletes face," 10 June 2019 Canada’s Christine Sinclair is three goals behind as her team enters play in the Women’s World Cup on Monday against Cameroon. John Cherwa,, "The Sports Report: We go to a Game 7 in Stanley Cup Final," 10 June 2019 The only reason that Simmons and Thompson could attend this party at all is because neither of their teams are playing in the NBA Finals. Meagan Fredette,, "Kylie Jenner Proves She's An Expert At Avoiding Ex Drama At Drake's Party," 10 June 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,, "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

Irving and Durant were long rumored to have interest in teaming up next year, most likely in New York. Adam Himmelsbach,, "Here are the next important steps for the Celtics this summer," 12 June 2019 That possibly jeopardizes the idea of Durant teaming up with another star – perhaps Irving with one of the New York teams. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "How Kevin Durant's injury alters the NBA landscape — this summer and beyond," 11 June 2019 Fansided wrote about Randle potentially teaming up with Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Julius Randle rumors: Potential New Orleans Pelicans free agent interested in Phoenix Suns," 5 June 2019 Local law enforcement would be prohibited from teaming up with federal immigration authorities. Dan Petrella,, "Illinois lawmakers tackle sexual harassment, human trafficking, teacher pay and more in closing days of legislative session," 4 June 2019 In 2018, CoverGirl continued to push past stale definitions of beauty, starting by teaming up with Amy Deanna, a Texan model with vitiligo. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The 10 Most Groundbreaking Beauty Campaigns of 2018," 22 Dec. 2018 Prince Harry is following in his mother's footsteps by teaming up with Sir Elton John on a new campaign in the global fight against HIV. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Elton John Honor Princess Diana's Legacy with a New Coalition to Fight HIV," 24 July 2018 And the Lee High School star, like Williams, was open to the prospect of teaming up with Nickelberry at the next level. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville pledge Josh Nickelberry recruiting teammates for Cards," 13 July 2018 In addition to teaming up with marquee actresses and directors, Apple has also recruited executives with industry clout — clear signs, according to Cryan, that Apple is serious about going toe-to-toe with prestigious production companies. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Apple's script for conquering Hollywood is a mystery so far," 13 July 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)


\ 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


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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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