\ 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 On Wednesday, the league issued a memo to all 32 teams announcing that the first four weeks of the voluntary program will be virtual before transitioning to in person at the team's respective training facilities. Tom Withers, ajc, "Browns, Raiders players say they'll skip offseason workouts," 16 Apr. 2021 The team's social justice committee meeting was in session. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Inside Vikings' social justice approach: How players, owners are tackling 'drastic need for change'," 15 Apr. 2021 Allison Whitten led the backrow with a team-high 19 digs. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Western Kentucky, Morehead State advance to second round of NCAA Volleyball Tournament," 15 Apr. 2021 Chris Iles, the Twins' senior director of brand experience and innovation, and Austin Schwartz, the team's manager of partnership sales, will run the day-to-day operations of the accelerator for the baseball club. Nick Williams, Star Tribune, "Twins, Techstars launching new business accelerator in Minneapolis," 15 Apr. 2021 Cervantes has 28 goals on the season and a team-high 30 assists on the season. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "2021 UIL girls and boys state soccer championship central: Previewing 6A, 5A and 4A title matches," 15 Apr. 2021 In part, Grossman — reaching base three times — was the catalyst for the team's success. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers pick up convincing series sweep against Houston Astros with 6-4 win," 15 Apr. 2021 Anderson started all 13 games and finished with 52 tackles and a team-high eight quarterback pressures. Mike Rodak |, al, "Shaun Alexander returns to Tuscaloosa to present freshman award," 15 Apr. 2021 There have been many alternations to the Bengals uniforms since the team's first season in 1968, including one in 2004, but the design change this year has fans highly anticipating the unveiling. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bengals to unveil new uniforms Monday morning," 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The program will look to add a multi-team tournament on the schedule, but preferably one that does not involve playing in three games in three days. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "SMU AD Rick Hart discusses state of men’s basketball program, voices support for head coach Tim Jankovich," 31 Mar. 2021 The county has given similar permission to the Lakers, who admitted non-team personnel for the first time March 25. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers look like a different team in blowing out Bucks for sixth straight win," 29 Mar. 2021 Drummond's arrival in LA is the latest development in the NBA's annual super-team agglomerations around the trade deadline. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Lakers add center Andre Drummond for postseason push," 29 Mar. 2021 Drummond's arrival in LA is the latest development in the NBA's annual super-team agglomerations around the trade deadline. Greg Beacham, ajc, "Andre Drummond says he's joining LA Lakers for playoff race," 28 Mar. 2021 A month later, the women had written that paper (helped by other coauthors, including Gebru's co-team leader at Google, Margaret Mitchell) and submitted it to the ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency, or FAccT. Rachel Metz, CNN, "How one employee's exit shook Google and the AI industry," 11 Mar. 2021 New Orleans acquires Steven Adams from Oklahoma City in multi-team, multi-player trade. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "2020 NBA free agent tracker: Whirlwind weekend has Gordon Hayward's surprise move, Lakers dealing," 23 Nov. 2020 The game was scheduled Tuesday after Colorado State had to pull out of the multi-team event due to a COVID-19 program shutdown. oregonlive, "Warith Alatishe scores 16 in debut as Oregon State edges California 71-63 in men’s basketball opener: Game at a glance," 25 Nov. 2020 Minnesota’s multi-team event is expected to be against Loyola Marymount and North Dakota State on Nov. 28 and Nov. 30 at Williams Arena. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "North Dakota State, Loyola-Marymount being finalized for games vs. Gophers men's basketball," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Anselment's grandmother suggested the center as a good starting point for students to team up with seniors. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These Marquette students are helping senior citizens get their COVID-19 vaccine," 2 Apr. 2021 Both are versatile modern running backs who will team with Pro Bowl tight end T.J. Hockenson to give Goff the short-to-intermediate passing options that will help him. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Offseason approaches of Vikings' NFC North brethren run the gamut," 20 Mar. 2021 Most people who bought lychees were told about the deal by their WeChat friends, who encouraged people in their circle to team up to buy large quantities at a discount. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "How Pinduoduo Beat Alibaba to Become China’s Top Shopping Site," 20 Mar. 2021 Particularly in recent years, Ganassi hasn’t hesitated to bring in talent relatively green to IndyCar to team up with Dixon. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson prepared for Ganassi's pressure to win in 2021," 6 Mar. 2021 Marketers who team up with data scientists to use AI to determine predictive attributes and create predictive models can yield impressive campaign results. Laurie Hood, Forbes, "AI Can Do That? What Marketers Need To Know About Predictive Features," 3 Mar. 2021 He was even set to team up with Rogan on a number of shows Friday and Saturday nights. Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "Dave Chappelle cancels Texas shows after testing positive for COVID-19," 22 Jan. 2021 An advertising executive is forced to team up with her cross coworker on producing a new commercial for an upcoming Christmas project., "Christmas movie guide: Where and when you can find holiday shows, from Hallmark movies to 'It's a Wonderful Life'," 21 Nov. 2020 General Motors and Honda on Thursday revealed plans to team up in North America to make a range of vehicles, deepening their ties as the auto industry comes under greater pressure to share technology and costs to meet demands for cleaner vehicles. Washington Post, "GM, Honda to team up in North America to share common vehicle platforms," 3 Sep. 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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“Team.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 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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