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

team

adjective

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

Plus, this means that longtime choreographer Gianna Martello is likely to return and work with the new team. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Everything We Know About ‘Dance Moms’ Season 8 So Far," 8 May 2019 The team chose new, rough-sawn oak, then experimented once the beams were in place. House Beautiful, "Patrick Printy Designed This California Home to Bring the Great Outdoors Into Every Room," 19 Apr. 2019 Neither team has a full vision of everything going on at all times. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "An AI Beat the Top Humans at a Modern Video Game Thanks to the Power of Teamwork," 16 Apr. 2019 The Pioneers had six players left from their 2017 championship team. John Wawrow, The Seattle Times, "Del Gaizo seals UMass’ 4-3 OT win over Denver," 12 Apr. 2019 It was organized by the Favela Painting Foundation, and the team hopes to paint even more in the future. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 The cross-over will premiere on Wednesday, April 17, and will feature 11 teams drawn from the three shows. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Amazing Race' Cast Will Include Competitors From 'Big Brother' and 'Survivor'," 14 Apr. 2019 Like Beckham is a family-friendly romantic comedy that follows two girls, Jess, who comes from a conservative family, and Jules, a player on the local women’s soccer team. Seventeen, "20 Mother's Day Movies to Watch With Your Mom," 11 Apr. 2019 Limshue's team installed doors to give the room a clean, sleek look, so you weren't bombarded with a wall of clothes. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Every Inch of This House Is Designed to Inspire You," 10 Apr. 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, 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 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

Gidget often teams up with an unlikely pal, a cat named Chloe, who's voiced by actress Lake Bell. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The Star-Studded Cast of 'The Secret Life of Pets 2' Has Surprising Additions," 13 May 2019 To create this guidebook, Brzezinski teamed up with Daniela Pierre-Bravo, a producer on Morning Joe who spent formative years of her own career working for Brzezinski on the program. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Mika Brzezinski On Her New Book Earn It! and the Best Job Advice She Ever Got," 8 May 2019 To top off a very busy month, Wales Bonner also teamed up with Solange and several other musical artists on a devotional and meditative experience at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in New York City during Frieze Art Fair. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Wales Bonner Is an Award-Winning and Meghan Markle-Approved Label To Know," 8 May 2019 The multi-hyphenate teamed up with her good friend and former assistant Theresa Marie Mingus to create a few designs for Theresa’s new swimwear line, Krahs. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Teamed Up With Theresa Marie Mingus on a Swimwear Collection," 4 May 2019 Back in 2016, Jenner teamed up with Estée Lauder's Estée Edit on a lip gloss made with blue undertones to make teeth appear whiter. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Kendall Jenner Wants You to Instagram Your Toothpaste," 24 Apr. 2019 On a few crowd-pleasing plays, LiAngelo Ball, 19, teamed up with his 16-year-old brother, LaMelo Ball, who had 25 points, 19 assists and 17 rebounds for the Los Angeles Ballers. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "LiAngelo Ball scored 53 points, LaMelo Ball has triple double for LA Ballers in JBA game," 13 July 2018 Maggie Gyllenhaal and dozens of other celebrities teamed up with the ACLU to give voice to Mirian, an immigrant separated from her 18-month-old son at the U.S. border. Martha Mendoza And Larry Fenn, Detroit Free Press, "Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry, research shows," 12 July 2018 West teamed up with Wilt to win a championship in 1972, which came in five games against the Knicks two months after Wilt's immortal Ursa Major bash. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "Go West, Big Man: The Logo on LeBron James and the Allure of Los Angeles," 11 July 2018

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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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team

noun

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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