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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Lawyers explain how to get criminal convictions expunged from records, accountants talk personal finance and professional athletes discuss teamwork. New York Times, "A Restaurant Takes On the Opioid Crisis, One Worker at a Time," 10 July 2018 The trip will require teamwork and togetherness of a new order for them. Bob Mckillop, Washington Post, "Why take our college basketball team to Auschwitz?," 3 July 2018 There are numerous reasons, including the unmatched teamwork the Golden Knights have displayed. Sam Carchidi,, "It's easy to see why Vegas is in Stanley Cup Finals and Flyers aren't | Sam Carchidi," 25 May 2018 Not just in physical fitness, but in the promotion of teamwork, friendships, stretching our comfort zones, competition, and everything else. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Danny Duffy good again, Royals and 100 losses, and, oh yes, the Chiefs," 12 June 2018 Virginia relied more on teamwork than overwhelming talent to work its way toward becoming the unanimous No. 1 team in the final AP Top 25 before the tournament. Luke Meredith,, "UMBC's 16-over-1 upset highlights shifts in college hoops," 17 Mar. 2018 The training required for effective operational response to a hostage situation, for example, requires a high level of training that builds an almost telepathic level of communication, teamwork, and split-second reaction. Tyler Bonin, The Atlantic, "Teachers Are Not Soldiers," 3 Mar. 2018 McGraw knew that whatever happened on the field— teamwork, communication, patience, and persistence—could impact the community as a whole. Amy Bass,, "How a High School Soccer Team United a Racially Divided Town," 23 Feb. 2018 Cohn points out the benefits of sports, like teamwork, discipline, confidence and focus. Katie Parsons,, "Kids playing sports: Don't focus on single sport too early, experts say," 17 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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