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 Athens Messenger reporter Jason Arkley, a veteran with more than 20 years of covering sports in Athens County, teamed with sports editor Kevin Wiseman to cover Burrow's Bulldogs throughout his career. Sam Blackburn, Cincinnati.com, "LSU QB Joe Burrow, potential No. 1 pick by Cincinnati Bengals, 'just a humble young man'," 10 Jan. 2020 Portland’s final shot was supposed to go to Lillard, but Toronto double-teamed him. oregonlive, "Carmelo Anthony helps lead Portland Trail Blazers to comeback win over Toronto Raptors: Game rewind," 8 Jan. 2020 Lil Nas X, a 20-year-old gay rapper from Georgia, teamed with Billy Ray Cyrus, 58, the out-to-pasture father of pop provocateur Miley Cyrus, to make a country-trap single that spread like kudzu as spring 2019 turned into summer. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "2019 entertainment Top 10: 'Hamilton,' 'Old Town Road,' ELO," 29 Dec. 2019 The 34-year-old has been a standout gunner for New England this year, teaming with Justin Bethel to consistently tilt the field in the Patriots’ favor. BostonGlobe.com, "Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, special teamer Matthew Slater, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower wre named as Pro Bowlers, it was announced Tuesday.," 18 Dec. 2019 Wearing a black suit teamed with a dramatic black, feather cape and matching hat, the star entered the courtroom accompanied by an entourage who looked to be guarding the jacket’s train — and to make sure no one stepped on it. Katie Intner, PEOPLE.com, "Cardi B's Dramatic Feathered Court Look Is Something Only Cardi B Could Wear to Court," 11 Dec. 2019 Along with the snowy palette, Hadid switched her usual gold hoops for a sterling iteration, the cooler metallic tone teaming with bright blanch to pay homage to the holiday season. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid's White Headband is a Winter Vacation Win," 6 Dec. 2019 Baby Mandy rocks a navy spangled square-necked velvet dress with spaghetti straps, teamed with a delicate metallic necklace. Teen Vogue, "Mandy Moore Shared a Throwback '90s Homecoming Picture," 19 Oct. 2019 James won rings with two versions of a Big Three, teaming with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for back-to-back titles in Miami, and then rallying Cleveland to the 2016 championship along with Irving and Kevin Love. Brian Mahoney, The Denver Post, "Go for 2: In today’s NBA, a powerful pair beats 3 of a kind," 16 Oct. 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

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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Cite this Entry

“Team.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teams. Accessed 23 January 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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