team

noun
\ 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

team

verb
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?

Verb

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 But remember, this was a team whose strong suit was supposed to be the rotation. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox plan to use expanded roster to their advantage," 3 Sep. 2019 With Oregon’s unsteady hand and Stanford’s injuries, the Huskies are the team to beat in the North. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 power ratings: The overreaction edition is back (Week 1 is all about jumping to conclusions)," 2 Sep. 2019 The Yankees, Orioles and Blue Jays are the only teams to lead the majors over the past 10 years. Noah Trister, Twin Cities, "Twins came from out of nowhere to set home run record," 2 Sep. 2019 Nix and Dinson both played key roles in Auburn’s come-from-behind win against Oregon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, which was the team’s largest comeback (down 15 points) since the 2010 Iron Bowl. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Bo Nix, Jeremiah Dinson earn SEC weekly honors," 2 Sep. 2019 If the offense keeps progressing this could be a surprise team. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "Pac-12 football power rankings: Utah takes top spot after win over BYU," 2 Sep. 2019 Now with all of them together moving forward, this can be a pretty good football team. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Ian Book, Notre Dame survive sloppy opener in 35-17 win over Louisville," 2 Sep. 2019 This preseason, however, his healthy stat line reflected well on his recovery: Al-Shaair had 13 tackles, ranking third on the team, with a pass breakup and fumble recovery. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Azeez Al-Shaair’s resiliency and ability leads to spot on 49ers’ roster," 1 Sep. 2019 The Reds are also the only team in England's top four leagues to have won every game so far this season. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool maintains perfect start to the season to stay top of Premier League," 31 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These are: individual and team achievements over the last 12 months, a player’s talent and flair, and a player’s wider career. SI.com, "Premier League Stars Named on 2019 Ballon d'Or Shortlist," 21 Oct. 2019 Tyler Stachkunas helped the Oxbridge Academy boys team finish first in the Class 1A Region 4 tournament by scoring a team-best 73. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, "American Heritage’s Clanton, McCarthy’s Jimenez, Oxbridge’s Filler, Coral Glades’ Holden blaze ways to state golf tourney," 24 Oct. 2019 Set expectations for workplace communication Define the rules so team members know what channels to turn to in different situations and what is expected. Dear Sam | Expert Resume, oregonlive, "Communicating across generations in the workplace," 26 July 2019 Fallbrook High School hosted all of those meets and also won the boys team league championship with Ramona taking third place. Joe Naiman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Anthony Schwartz, Shaun Shivers and Tyson Campbell post blazing times at districts," 13 Apr. 2018 Fallbrook High School hosted all of those meets and also won the boys team league championship with Ramona taking third place. Joe Naiman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Now, Tony Frank — the organizer behind Louisville Pizza Week and Louisville Burger Week — has teamed up with Louisville Tourism to bring the event back. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Sneak peek: Louisville Restaurant Week offers a 'culinary tour' of Louisville on a budget," 20 Feb. 2020 The former political strategist used to work with Figueres at the UN and the two have recently teamed up again to set up Global Optimism, an enterprise focused on environmental and social change. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "The world's top climate negotiator is feeling optimistic. She says you should too," 19 Feb. 2020 Stewart has teamed up with California Closets on the launch of , a line of modern, customizable closets that require minimal installation. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Martha Stewart Just Released a California Closets Collection for All Your Storage Needs," 11 Feb. 2020 Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain and Huss Brewing Co. have teamed up to host a collaboration beer dinner. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Calling all beer lovers: Here are 10 can't-miss events during Arizona Craft Beer Week," 6 Feb. 2020 Just in time for the sequel’s release, Kitsch has teamed up with TATB to pay homage to Lara Jean's signature accessory with the cutest collaboration that includes two scrunchie sets, which retail for $12 each and are already available for purchase. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kitsch Is Launching Official “To All the Boys” Scrunchies," 31 Jan. 2020 Dabiri has also teamed up with researchers at Harvard University to build a less power-hungry jellyfish out of rat heart muscle cells. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Bionic jellyfish can swim three times faster," 31 Jan. 2020 Since then, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands have teamed up to turn up the volume. The Economist, "Charlemagne After Brexit, who will be the British of the EU?," 30 Jan. 2020 The brewery has teamed up with fellow Austinites Little City Coffee to release Up and Down: Brazil, a blonde ale brewed with 180 pounds of Brazilian coffee beans per batch. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Coffee and beer bubble as one in new release from Independence Brewing Co.," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of team

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

History and Etymology for team

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

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

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“Team.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/team. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for team

team

noun
How to pronounce team (audio)

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.

team

verb

English Language Learners Definition of team (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bring together (two people or things)

team

noun
\ 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

team

verb
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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