team

1 of 3

noun

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
2
a
: 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

2 of 3

adjective

: of or performed by a team
a team effort
also : marked by devotion to teamwork rather than individual achievement
a team player

team

3 of 3

verb

teamed; teaming; teams

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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Officials eventually calmed the situation, separating the two teams. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 24 Feb. 2024 Ramos has become one of Sevilla’s leaders, alongside his old friend Jesús Navas, and returns to the capital looking to add to the team’s four-game unbeaten run. Sam Leveridge, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 For the Lakers, reaching their ceiling certainly depends on James and the team’s health. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2024 Limited parking was part of the women’s soccer team’s plan. Joseph Hernandez, Kansas City Star, 24 Feb. 2024 My team has been working around-the-clock, literally around-the-clock. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 Three deputies — all on the Special Enforcement Detail team — fired gunshots at Wilson. Rosalio Ahumada, Sacramento Bee, 24 Feb. 2024 For both teams, this would be a fitting final referendum. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 West Palm Beach Police said volunteers with Adventures with Purpose and the Sunshine State Sonar search team were searching local waterways for a person who went missing in the 1970s, according to CBS affiliate WPEC. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024
Adjective
Crowder ended up there in a multi-team trade after being part of the blockbuster Durant deal. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 25 Feb. 2023 This week, Southwest unveiled a three-part plan to boost operations, which includes changes in winter operations, operational investments and cross-team collaborations. Alexandra Skores, Chicago Tribune, 21 Mar. 2023 Schools are allowed to play in the same multi-team event, as the NCAA calls nonconference tournaments in November and December, only once every four years. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2023 Goodman also reported Sunday that the Miami RedHawks are scheduled to play in the Indiana Hoosiers' multi-team event. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 6 June 2022 There are strict guidelines for inter-team competition. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2021 Multi-team initiatives are also an opportunity to demonstrate that not all innovations need to be pan-enterprise and that even the smallest contribution can have the most immediate impact or snowball into an even bigger one. Quartz Creative For Baker Tilly, Quartz, 29 Nov. 2022 Indiana traded Oladipo to the Houston Rockets in a multi-team deal that brought Caris LeVert to the Pacers. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Nov. 2022 This will be the fourth multi-team event (MTE) that Alabama has participated in since Oats became coach, and the Tide’s previous three trips all began with a loss. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 23 Nov. 2022
Verb
Kelce teamed his more clean-cut look with a vibrant blue outfit. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 The development firm retained one block and has teamed with Fairmont Hotels to build a flagship resort. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2024 Streamer Lionsgate Play has teamed with Grameenphone, a leading telecom services provider in Bangladesh, to expand its presence in the country. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 Billie Eilish With her hair back to all black, Billie Eilish chose a sweater vest, shirt and tie combo teamed with baggy trousers and chunky shoes. Oscar Holland, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 But coming out of that WrestleMania Kickoff press conference, the foundation was clearly laid for Rollins to team with Rhodes to take on The Rock and Reigns in tag team action, likely on Night One before Reigns vs. Rhodes on Night II. Blake Oestriecher, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 Kelce teamed with designer Mike Amiri on a sparkly black suit that gave us modern day Elvis Presley vibes. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 The district has teamed with the nonprofit Excellerate Foundation on the initiative and is donating the property to Excellerate, which would manage the project. Al Gaspeny, arkansasonline.com, 14 Feb. 2024 Last year, Montgomery’s Wheelhouse teamed with auction ace Ken Goldin for Netflix’s King of Collectibles: The Goldin Touch, which featured some of the biggest cards in the hobby changing hands. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of team was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Team.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/team. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

team

1 of 2 noun
1
: two or more animals used to pull the same vehicle or piece of machinery
also : these animals with their harness and attached vehicle
2
: a number of persons associated together in work or activity

team

2 of 2 verb
1
: to join in a team
2
: to haul with or drive a team
3
: to form a team

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