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

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

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 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

Disney and Charter Communications are teaming up to fight account sharing in an attempt to prevent multiple people from using a single account to access streaming video services. Jon Brodkin, Wired, "Disney Is Finally Taking On Account Sharers," 16 Aug. 2019 London is teaming with bacteria—some of which have developed resistance to antibiotics. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Mind the Staph: London Is Crawling with Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes," 1 Aug. 2019 Rio Hondo League doubles champions Maya Urata and Eliana Hanna teamed up to make a run to the quarterfinal, while league runner-up Sophie McKenzie, the former All-Area Girls’ Singles Player of the Year reached the singles round of 16. Vincent Nguyen, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Looking Back: La Cañada teams fueled off pressure for successful campaigns," 24 July 2019 The closure is planned for Sept. 27, according to a Wednesday announcement from the state Employment Security Department, whose local rapid-response team will team up with WorkSource to help the 58 employees who will be laid off. Elise Takahama, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Salvation Army to close Sodo facility, move downsized programming north," 24 July 2019 Leonard had also expressed an interest in joining forces with Jimmy Butler on the Clippers and had reportedly reached out to Kevin Durant about potentially teaming up. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Report: Magic Johnson Hurt Lakers Shot at Kawhi Leonard During Free Agency," 23 July 2019 An accomplished screen-and-roller, Cauley-Stein already has talked to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr about teaming with Russell for a steady drumbeat of pick-and-rolls when Curry and Draymond Green sit (their minutes typically align). Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why Willie Cauley-Stein took less money to sign with Warriors," 9 July 2019 This being the Cold War, NASA teamed with the CIA to gauge the competition. David A. Taylor, Smithsonian, "From the Family Station Wagon to the Apollo Lunar Rover, My Dad’s Engineering Talent Had No Limits," 9 July 2019 Ellis made a total of seven changes to team that beat Thailand 13-0 last week. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT beats Chile 3-0, advances to World Cup knockout stage," 16 June 2019

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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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