\ 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

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 Luckily, your Chron Shopping team has done the homework, and negotiated two great deals for roof replacement. Micolette Davis, Chron, "Chron Exclusive: Save $1,000 on roof replacement," 19 Jan. 2021 Our management team read your Dec. 21 article about mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies. Anchorage Daily News, "We’re considering mandatory vaccinations, but some of our employees say they don’t want the vaccine," 19 Jan. 2021 Forward Dan Fotu, who scored a team-high 15 points, nailed a jumper with nine minutes left in the half to put the Gaels up 22-12. Steve Kroner,, "St. Mary’s hangs with No. 1 Gonzaga for a while, but Zags remain unbeaten," 17 Jan. 2021 Kayo Gonçalves added 15 points and six rebounds for South Alabama, while Tyreke Locure scored 12 and Jamal West grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama drops 2nd game vs. Appalachian State, 83-77," 17 Jan. 2021 When the Saints rushed for 138 yards against Tampa Bay in Week 9, Hill and Murray combined to gain 93 yards on the ground, including a team-high 54 for Hill. Luke Johnson,, "Taysom Hill, Latavius Murray unlikely to play Sunday against the Buccaneers: report," 17 Jan. 2021 With eight steals combined in the two games against Houston, point guard Dejounte Murray brought his season total to a team-high 20. Jeff Mcdonald,, "With heart heavy, DeMar DeRozan plays on," 17 Jan. 2021 Rookie James Wiseman, the No. 2 pick in the draft, is averaging 11.3 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds while starting at center. Los Angeles Times, "Can the Lakers be the new Warriors with a twist: a LeBron-led dynasty?," 17 Jan. 2021 Smith finished with a team-high 12 points and seven rebounds. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 13 Brunswick rides Tre Massey’s hot shots, Marquis Barnett’s big game to 78-57 win vs. Euclid," 16 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Four different multi-team events (MTEs) either fall through for one reason or another and numerous marquee games scraped or pushed back. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "A week later than scheduled, Oregon men’s basketball opens 2020-21 season against Missouri," 2 Dec. 2020 Louisville basketball continues its multi-team event Friday with an afternoon matchup against Seton Hall. Kelly Ward, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball vs. Seton Hall: Live updates, scores and more," 28 Nov. 2020 The UConn men and women, both of whom are committed to playing in multi-team events that have been scheduled or moved to Mohegan Sun, will be part of the plan, conceived as a way to save nonconference games amid the pandemic . Dom Amore,, "Mohegan Sun firming up plans for ‘bubbleville,’ to host more than 35 college basketball teams, including UConn men and women," 23 Oct. 2020 Colorado State pulled out of a multi-team event on Nov. 25-26 involving Oregon State due to COVID-19 issues. oregonlive, "USC at Oregon State men’s basketball on Sunday is postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak," 15 Dec. 2020 In a normal year, the Wolverines would've had a much stiffer nonconference schedule, as U-M was previously scheduled to play in a multi-team event in addition to games against Kentucky and Oregon. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball blows out Toledo, 91-71, in nonconference finale, lose Austin Davis," 10 Dec. 2020 Baylor pulled out of a multi-team event in Connecticut after coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "No. 1 Baylor men's basketball takes on No. 2 Gonzaga: Everything you need to know," 6 Dec. 2020 The plan initially was to play LMU and North Dakota State, but the state’s COVID-19 restrictions didn’t allow a multi-team event during a three-day span. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Marcus Carr's late jumper rescues Gophers in 67-64 victory over LMU," 30 Nov. 2020 Gonzaga’s traveling party — later confirmed to be a player and a staff member — tested positive for COVID-19 at a multi-team event in Fort Myers, Florida, and that another player was in quarantine due to contact tracing. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Gonzaga makes a bad call, playing despite positive COVID tests: 'I hope nobody gets infected'," 28 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Vintage Wine Distributor’s Cory Deibel will team with StoneWater chefs for the dinner. Marc Bona, cleveland, "‘Big Reds’ wine-dinner scheduled at The Rustic Grill," 18 Dec. 2020 Wide receiver Jalen Tolbert, offensive lineman Trey Simpson and defensive back Tré Young will team up for South Alabama (4-6, 3-4 Sun Belt Conference) against linebacker Carlton Martial and Troy (4-5, 2-3). Creg Stephenson |, al, "High school teammates meet again in South Alabama-Troy ‘Battle for the Belt’," 3 Dec. 2020 Wall will also team up with former Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Rockets trade Russell Westbrook to Wizards for John Wall in blockbuster deal," 3 Dec. 2020 The two will team up to get the most out of the young talent that fills the Sox roster. Lamond Pope,, "Hitting coach Frank Menechino sets high expectations for the Chicago White Sox — ‘World Series or bust’ — after the team finished 2020 near the top in key offensive categories," 3 Dec. 2020 And the Snitch shambles through open fields of zombies but will react like a L4D Witch and scream to attract a horde if a squad doesn't team up and kill it quickly. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Back 4 Blood alpha test: Building decks, killing zombies, having co-op fun," 18 Dec. 2020 However, small size doesn’t have to exclude rural hospitals, Henderson says—neighboring rural counties could easily team up to split those doses. Tara Santora, Popular Science, "Rural America may miss out on early COVID-19 vaccines," 18 Dec. 2020 This forced Park to pivot her business and team up with longtime pal and founder of Gravitas, Lisa Sun. NBC News, "10 women-owned businesses Know Your Value loves this holiday season," 16 Dec. 2020 Besides the need to bolster Pfizer’s supply chain, federal officials have been asking whether the company could team up with another drug maker, such as Merck, to produce more. New York Times, "U.S. and Pfizer Are Negotiating Deal for More Vaccine Doses Next Year," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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23 Jan 2021

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“Team.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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