\ 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

This year, Preece has made four XFINITY Series starts so far for the team, with a victory at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee on April 14. Shawn Courchesne,, "Preece Holds Off Rocco for SK Modified Win At Thompson Speedwa," 15 July 2018 Foreign tourists along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast are rooting for the team. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 All six members of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization who were selected to play in the Futures Game from 2013 to 2016 have suited up at the major league level for some team since that appearance. Jordan Guskey, Indianapolis Star, "Mitch Keller excited to represent Indianapolis Indians in Futures Game," 13 July 2018 Kendall Ciesemier, a 2014 CWOTY who is now a producer on the Opinion team at Mic, was instrumental in telling Alice Johnson's story, but the road to freedom started long before this summer. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "How a Former Glamour College Woman of the Year Helped Break the Alice Johnson Story," 13 July 2018 This year’s volunteer contingent included three Aberdeen IronBirds pitchers, Zach Matson, Kevin Magee and Jimmy Murphy, who also brought the campers caps donated by the team. The Aegis, "Harford concludes another successful iCan Bike Camp," 13 July 2018 Instead, the team wanted to bring some order to the classification of these animals. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Two New Yellow-Bellied Bats May Have Been Found in Kenya," 13 July 2018 These are the guys in the middle of the action, the first line of defense for a football team. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Top 10 Arizona high school football defensive tackles for 2018," 12 July 2018 As an impending free agent, Richards, 30, might have thrown his final pitch for the team that drafted him in the first round in 2009. Jeff Miller,, "Time is running out on Angels' season as Richards’ future gets thrown into doubt," 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

Days after landing a role in Star Wars: Episode IX, the actress is now in negotiations to team with Guillermo del Toro for Antlers, a supernatural horror thriller set up at Fox Searchlight. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Keri Russell in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro-Produced Thriller 'Antlers' (Exclusive)," 11 July 2018 Bring your friends to team trivia night at the library. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 10 July 2018 Jacobs, though, took some time off from campaigning this week to team up with Daniel Bryan and wrestle as Kane against The Usos on SmackDown. Dan Gartland,, "Kane’s Mayoral Opponent Calls Him Out for Continuing to Wrestle as Election Nears," 6 July 2018 Back in Washington, Nadine and Isaac’s (Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Omar Epps) crusade to shut down Atlas forces them to team up with Carlita (guest star Felisha Terrell), a former Atlas agent who is now on the run. Ed Stockly,, "Thursday's TV highlights: 'Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger' on Freeform," 5 July 2018 In April 2017, Khloé and her sisters decided to part ways with their longtime stylist Monica Rose after working together for nearly a decade, opting instead to team up with other stylists. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Why the Kardashians Fired Longtime Makeup Artist Joyce Bonelli: They're 'Over Her Lies'," 29 June 2018 After meeting at a Black History Month dinner with fellow Atlanta chef Mike Sheats, Furman and Council decided to team up for #BombAssBiscuits, a Saturday breakfast pop-up at B’s that’s become an Atlanta sensation. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appetit, "The Unmistakable Bryan Furman, Georgia’s New King of Barbecue," 25 June 2018 Boys: Guerendo misses history, but leads Avon to team state title MIC schools swept both genders over the previous three years, with Carmel boys winning each time. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA track: Hoosier Crossroads emerges as top league," 4 June 2018 Dan and Adam are going to team up to take out some aliens at 11:00 A.M. PT. Dan Masaoka, PCWorld, "PCWorld is streaming Earthfall on Twitch!," 1 June 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 \

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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alleviating pain or harshness

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