\ 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 For a team that had left at least some of its die-hard supporters feeling jilted, Henry was a precious emblem of credibility. Ian Nicholas Quillen, Forbes, "Thierry Henry’s Departure Feels Genuine, But Leaves CF Montreal In A Tough Spot," 26 Feb. 2021 Reese, a freshman from St. Frances playing in her second game since returning from a broken foot, also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds as Maryland dominated the boards 50-26. Phillip B. Wilson,, "No. 8 Maryland routs Purdue for seventh straight win in women’s basketball as Angel Reese leads way," 25 Feb. 2021 Moody is averaging a team-high 15.7 points in conference games, and Tate is second at 12.5. Scottie Bordelon, Arkansas Online, "Follow live: No. 6 Alabama at No. 20 Arkansas," 25 Feb. 2021 Despite his advanced age (39), Fitzpatrick intends to continue playing and hopes to sign with a franchise that will give him a legitimate opportunity to compete for the team’s starting spot. Omar Kelly,, "A look at every Miami Dolphins free agent in 2021," 25 Feb. 2021 Hodges-Tomlinson and Ceasar put up impressive numbers in 2020, including Hodges-Tomlinson’s 13 pass breakups and Ceasar’s three interceptions — both team-high marks. Katherine G Griffith, Dallas News, "TCU DB outlook for 2021: Horned Frogs lose top safeties to NFL but are left in good hands," 24 Feb. 2021 Harris led the winners with 15 points while fellow senior Jordan Davis had 10 to go along with a team-high 15 rebounds. Reports, al, "Wednesday Regional Roundup: Hazel Green girls roll into Final Four at 34-1," 24 Feb. 2021 Oubre’s numerical contributions on the night: 17 points, five rebounds and a team-high plus-10 (tied with Kent Bazemore). Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kelly Oubre Jr. might be Warriors' Employee of the Month," 24 Feb. 2021 Rapinoe opened the scoring with goals 10 minutes apart, giving her a team-high five in as many games this year. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Megan Rapinoe, USWNT dominate Argentina to win SheBelieves Cup," 24 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 With positive tests thinning rosters and forcing postponements, the NBA decided Tuesday to no longer allow players and staff to leave hotels for non-team activities. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors’ game vs. Suns postponed due to coronavirus contact tracing," 13 Jan. 2021 Four different multi-team events (MTEs) either fall through for one reason or another and numerous marquee games scraped or pushed back. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "A week later than scheduled, Oregon men’s basketball opens 2020-21 season against Missouri," 2 Dec. 2020 Louisville basketball continues its multi-team event Friday with an afternoon matchup against Seton Hall. Kelly Ward, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball vs. Seton Hall: Live updates, scores and more," 28 Nov. 2020 The UConn men and women, both of whom are committed to playing in multi-team events that have been scheduled or moved to Mohegan Sun, will be part of the plan, conceived as a way to save nonconference games amid the pandemic . Dom Amore,, "Mohegan Sun firming up plans for ‘bubbleville,’ to host more than 35 college basketball teams, including UConn men and women," 23 Oct. 2020 Colorado State pulled out of a multi-team event on Nov. 25-26 involving Oregon State due to COVID-19 issues. oregonlive, "USC at Oregon State men’s basketball on Sunday is postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak," 15 Dec. 2020 In a normal year, the Wolverines would've had a much stiffer nonconference schedule, as U-M was previously scheduled to play in a multi-team event in addition to games against Kentucky and Oregon. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball blows out Toledo, 91-71, in nonconference finale, lose Austin Davis," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With that in mind, Ragsdale hopes to team up with local nonprofits to get the word out. Anne Field, Forbes, "Entrepreneur’s Goal: Boosting Black Millennials’ Civic Engagement," 25 Feb. 2021 Industry experts and politicians alike have urged the US to team up with allies like Japan and Europe to counter China’s dominance. Mary Hui, Quartz, "A Chinese rare earths giant is building international alliances worldwide," 19 Feb. 2021 Harry and his brother Prince William are expected to team up for the event to commemorate what would have been the late princess's 60th birthday. Simon Perry,, "Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Change Their Plans to Visit the U.K.?," 18 Feb. 2021 The two are set to team up again for a drama about Cleopatra, while Jenkins is also set to direct Rogue Squadron, a Star Wars spin-off that is currently set to hit theaters at the end of 2023. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Wonder Woman 3: Everything We Know So Far About the Trilogy's Final Film," 28 Dec. 2020 Cox and Peterson are in a unique position to team up for the message because they are not locked in a heated race. Brady Mccombs, Star Tribune, "Utah rivals in governor's race unite in call for decency," 20 Oct. 2020 There are two pairs that get all the attention: Tia and A’Whora, despite their past differences, decide to team up and play Essex Girls, while Veronica and Sister Sister take the roles of goth party planners. Brian Moylan, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K. Recap: Gone Sour," 4 Feb. 2021 Simutronics also decided to team up with a (now defunct) company called Iron Crown Enterprises to integrate a gameplay system called Rolemaster. Elizabeth Landau, Wired, "How Old-School Text Adventures Inspired Our Virtual Spaces," 14 Jan. 2021 Tickets, available in groups of two or four only, will be made available starting Thursday to team season ticket holders and based on seniority. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, "Cuomo: More than 6,700 fans to be allowed in to see Buffalo Bills playoff game," 31 Dec. 2020

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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28 Feb 2021

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“Team.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 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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