\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

At the press conference on Thursday, Abrams campaign chairwoman Allegra Lawrence-Hardy introduced members of Abrams’s legal team, who were assembled to make an announcement regarding the candidate’s next litigation steps regarding voter suppression. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Stacey Abrams’s Campaign Says Recount or Runoff Is Possible—If All Georgia Votes Are Actually Counted—While Andrew Gillum’s Race Enters Recount Range in Florida," 8 Nov. 2018 MacArthur shared of the team's thought process behind the home's Narnia closet. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Narnia-Inspired Bedroom Will Give You Major Room Envy," 30 Oct. 2018 The medical team tried to keep him alive by pumping air in and out of his lungs. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Charles Harder, part of President Donald Trump’s legal team, is pushing the Supreme Court to hear a lawsuit that could weaken legal protections for web platforms. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Donald Trump’s lawyer asks Supreme Court to hear a case that could weaken web platforms’ legal protections," 24 Oct. 2018 Keep both team pecan pie and fans of fruit ones happy with this two-in-one treat. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Cranberry-Pear Pecan Crumb Pie," 24 Oct. 2018 The gyro was still giving jumbled data back to the NASA team on the ground. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Fixed Hubble the Same Way You Fix Your Computer," 23 Oct. 2018 Chris Roven, producer for DC Extended Universe projects told in February that the team is currently working on the screenplay. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Wonder Woman II: Everything We Know So Far," 22 Oct. 2018 Usually this is an indication to the care team that your appendix has ruptured. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "What Appendicitis Really Feels Like, From 13 People Who Have Been There," 16 Oct. 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

This kids' picture features Dracula and a gang of other classic horror characters teaming up to take over the world. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 29 Oct. 2018 Here's who's who for Season 27: John Schneider and Emma Slater John, the former Dukes of Hazard star turned country singer, is teamed up with Property Brother's star Drew Scott's old partner, Emma. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Dancing with the Stars' Just Announced the Cast for Season 27 and We Can't Wait to Watch," 12 Sep. 2018 The festival has teamed up with local michelada maker Big Mich for the weekend festival, which runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 July 2018 The pair teamed up for 44 points during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and created chance after chance in the finals. Adam Candee, Detroit Free Press, "2018 NHL Stanley Cup finals: Capitals win! Game 5 observations," 8 June 2018 Guillermo teamed up with 2017 grad Caleb Schifano to finish fifth last year and was paired with Ben Sinense in 2016 and took third. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what you need to know about the WIAA boys state tennis meet," 30 May 2018 And last night at No Name, haute fashion label La Ligne teamed up with beauty brand Malin+Goetz to create a suite of High Notes. Vogue, "La Ligne and Malin+Goetz Team Up to Toast Their High Notes Collaboration," 11 May 2018 The company ran into financial trouble last year but has teamed with another company, Orano USA, and has asked the NRC to review its licensing application. Rob Nikolewski,, "U.S. House passes bill to restart Yucca Mountain and look for interim sites for nuclear waste," 10 May 2018 Scott, of Montgomery, teamed up with photographer Lauren Giles of Studio154 and had her solo maternity shoot at the Creekside Park H-E-B in Tomball on April 23. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Montgomery mom has her maternity photoshoot in H-E-B," 7 May 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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