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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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 Sports is a vehicle to learn life skills like self-discipline, teamwork, perseverance, goal-setting, delayed gratification, and risk-taking. Isabel Fattal, The Atlantic, "How to Parent an Olympic Athlete," 8 Feb. 2018 Without the star power of years past, England is a model of teamwork and belief. Steven Goff,, "'Hard-working, compact, united and well-organized': The World Cup's surprising final four," 8 July 2018 The company’s expectations of its employees are high: a fanatic focus on customer service, dedication to perfect quality, high personal integrity, and a strong commitment to teamwork. Jessica Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "At HUSCO International, great leadership starts at the top," 4 May 2018 The Courage award is given annually to a Rice football player who best exemplifies leadership, teamwork and character. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Rice University honoring O.J. Brigance with Courage award," 4 May 2018 This is a movie about inclusion and teamwork and trust and finding your true role in life. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "We rank every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from worst to best," 6 July 2018 In surgery, a high-stakes field that requires both technical and interpersonal skills, conflicts can be problematic for teamwork and can even threaten patient safety. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "‘You, me, parking lot!’: Behind surgical curtain, researchers find hierarchies and gender dynamics driving conflict," 2 July 2018 The rest rely on teamwork between landlord fish and a teeming population of glowing tenant bacteria that inhabit a light organ on the fish’s body. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue," 26 June 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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