\ 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

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 The comms team is in the position to help amplify an ERG’s message in big or small ways. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 The team was in their hotel when teammates Sam Jones asked Satch Sanders to go to the lobby to get some food. Kyle Hightower, ajc, 1 Aug. 2022 As their boss, Eric argues that the team’s successes are also his. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, 31 July 2022 The 1986 World Series championship team was 68-32 at the same point. Creg Stephenson |, al, 31 July 2022 Mitra Wilson, who watched the final in Trafalgar Square, said the team was an inspiration to her daughters, aged 8 and 9. Jill Lawless, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 July 2022 The team was responsible for transplanting coral during the dive, while conducting maintenance and monitoring previous transplants. Fox News, 29 July 2022 After all, the team is just 42-56, and news of former MVP Mike Trout's scary spinal condition could convince owner Arte Moreno to rebuild. David Faris, The Week, 29 July 2022 Sun Devil players say this team is much different than last year's Support local journalism: Subscribe to today. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 28 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Miami University RedHawks are among teams scheduled to play in the Indiana Hoosiers' multi-team event in men's college basketball, according to a report Sunday via Twitter from Stadium's Jeff Goodman. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 6 June 2022 The Hoosiers are expected to host a multi-team event at Assembly Hall during the week of Thanksgiving, with games lined up against Miami (Ohio), Little Rock and Jackson State. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 16 June 2022 Enablement solutions that integrate workflows can improve cross-team collaboration and visibility so your GTM teams can work more effectively. Toby Carrington, Forbes, 8 June 2022 This story will be updated Former Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller and ex-team president Steve Starks are in the house for Quin Snyder’s farewell news conference. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 June 2022 The world of high-level recruiting also leads to come inter-team relationships. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2022 Invest in systems, tools, and processes that allow and encourage cross-team collaboration. Brian Solis, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 While workers were interacting with their own small teams more, there was far less cross-team collaboration. Emily Peck, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2021 In Tampa, Florida, New York Yankees star DJ LeMahieu was among a multi-team group working out for the last time at a high school field less than a mile from New York's complex. David Brandt, ajc, 12 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bieber then passed to team member Ldubz for a prayer. Giovana Gelhoren,, 2 Aug. 2022 The intent of the outing was to team some celebrities and everyday golfers with the professionals, and Trump was, naturally, in the featured first grouping of the day. New York Times, 28 July 2022 Black athletes won 14 of the 56 medals awarded to team USA at the 1936 Olympic games. Shauna Stuart |, al, 28 July 2022 The two fathers—both ex-cons, for extremely different reasons—decide to team up to enact revenge. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 26 July 2022 Back in July, this passionate duo decided to team up with Netflix on a first-look two-year film deal through their The Stone Quarry production company. Jeff Conway, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 The chain and Zikra decided to team together to mass produce the first 100% whole-wheat Jordanian bread. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Oct. 2021 Kodjoe decided to team up with Depend, the brand behind absorbent, disposable underwear, as well as the Prostate Cancer Foundation, to bring awareness during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and onward. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 21 Sep. 2021 As a result, the two have decided to team up for one mega-conference at E3 2021. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 5 June 2021 See More

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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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\ 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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