\ 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


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.


a show that teams two of television's funniest comedians
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Decker played in 1,033 games for 13 teams in 11 minor league seasons. Houston Mitchell,, "Morning Briefing: Cody Decker is king of this minor feat," 9 July 2019 Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technologies will be matched with IBM’s industry expertise and sales teams in more than 175 countries, IBM said. Olivia Carville,, "IBM Closes $34 Billion Red Hat Acquisition in Cloud Catch-Up," 9 July 2019 The Pacific Coast League, with a number of teams in windy, elevated locales that get hotter as the summer drags on, was considered a hitter’s circuit before more aerodynamic MLB baseballs were put in play in both Triple-A leagues this year. Jeff Sanders, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Player evaluation more than a numbers game in Pacific Coast League," 9 July 2019 Some teams in the NBA and WNBA wore warm-up outfits a few years ago protesting police brutality and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. David Crary,, "U.S. women’s team boldly embraces off-the-field activist role," 9 July 2019 Sims' next outing will be the Triple-A All-Star game against the Pacific Coast league All-Star team in El Paso, Texas on Wednesday July 10. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville Bats pitcher Lucas Sims wins International League Pitcher of the Week award," 8 July 2019 Like many teams in the region, Jamaica's women have struggled for basic support, even equipment., "Players hope the success of the Women’s World Cup leads to greater support," 8 July 2019 Orlando Sentinel college insider Matt Murschel ranked all 130 FBS teams in the country entering the 2019 season., "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 50 West Virginia to kick off Neal Brown era," 8 July 2019 In Sydney, Hong Kong and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region the working day began with cuts and several Deutsche bankers said entire teams in sales and trading were going. NBC News, "Deutsche Bank slashes 18,000 jobs in brutal cull," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Fallbrook High School hosted all of those meets and also won the boys team league championship with Ramona taking third place. Joe Naiman,, "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,, "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 The Rent College Pads team plastered Marquette's campus with posters and signs advertising the site. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The idea earned a ‘D.’ Now Rent College Pads will help students find housing in 100 markets.," 28 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The show, which opens next week, is a fictionalized account of the moment in 1956 when a 21-year-old Elvis Presley teamed with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis for an epic Sun Records jam session. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lamb’s Players Theatre puts its money on Vista production of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’," 10 July 2019 Artists Reggie Baylor and Melissa Courtney have teamed up with Bradley Tech High School students under welding instructor Mark Hoedel to create three love locks sculptures. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The bands, the run, the Hop stop and everything else you need to know for Bastille Days in Milwaukee," 8 July 2019 That’s when Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton, an African-American and a British Jew, teamed up to win the women’s doubles championship. Richard Hurowitz, WSJ, "Two Women Who Defied Prejudice At Wimbledon," 4 July 2019 Even when LeBron James teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Cleveland, those teams lost in the Finals the first year before returning to win it all the next season. Arash Markazi,, "Anthony Davis and Patrick Beverley proved their team-first commitments," 3 July 2019 Teen Jonas and adult Claudia have teamed up, and are at the caves. Abbey Maxbauer,, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix's Dark Season 2 Recap," 25 June 2019 With this in mind, African Pride and JFM Curl Peace have teamed up with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to create the Wear Your Crown With Confidence Loan Forgiveness & Scholarship Program. Samantha Callender, Essence, "UNCF and African Pride Announce A $1 Million Student Loan Relief Initiative," 23 June 2019 Fittingly, these three artists have teamed up on a bill that doesn’t fit the standard mold. John Adamian,, "Female rockers Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge and Liz Phair at Foxwoods," 21 June 2019 Two Chicago investors have teamed up to buy a huge Westlake office campus. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Huge Westlake office campus sells to Chicago investors," 19 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'team.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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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