team·​work | \ˈtēm-ˌwərk \

Definition of teamwork 

: work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole

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Synonyms & Antonyms for teamwork


collaboration, cooperation, coordination



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Examples of teamwork in a Sentence

They credit good teamwork for their success. it takes teamwork to pull off a successful fund-raiser

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Much of the cooking takes teamwork, and this huge kosher kitchen is the hangout for family and friends. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Bill Shakespeare Would Be Proud To Live In This House," 5 Oct. 2018 There is great emphasis on group bonding and teamwork, and the workshop is led by world-class female instructors. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018 The Highflyers are a competitive and performance youth team whose mission is to promote the sport of jump rope as a fun, heart healthy activity that also promotes teamwork, dedication and responsibility. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy jumpers excel in competition," 10 July 2018 Germany’s approach to its title defense represented the power of teamwork, unity and humility—of a restless refusal to settle for the status quo. Brian Straus,, "Quarterfinal Stage a Narrative Tipping Point for World Cup Contenders," 5 July 2018 Roethlisberger held a football pro camp on Sunday in Pittsburgh, where the 36-year-old taught youth players about teamwork. Nihal Kolur,, "Ben Roethlisberger Not Concerned About Landing New Contract," 17 June 2018 The memories, friendships, confidence, lessons about teamwork and winning and losing and the value of practice and a million other things. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Danny Duffy good again, Royals and 100 losses, and, oh yes, the Chiefs," 12 June 2018 These rules shouldn’t apply to amateur forms of competition where the point is helping kids, or students, develop broadly acceptable teamwork skills. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Sergio Ramos, the World Cup and the Benefits of Bad Sportsmanship," 13 June 2018 The goal to build leadership and teamwork skills while creating a platform for local leaders to share life lessons. Laura Groch,, "North County School News, May 31," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of teamwork

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of teamwork was in 1870

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English Language Learners Definition of teamwork

: the work done by people who work together as a team to do something


team·​work | \ˈtēm-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of teamwork

: the work of a group of persons acting together Cleaning up the neighborhood will require teamwork.

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