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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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 The Namaste Charter School fifth-grader wowed the judges week after week with her positive attitude, teamwork skills, mastery of proteins and rustic flavors. Tracy Swartz,, "Pilsen contestant 'very shocked' she made it into 'MasterChef Junior' finale," 14 May 2018 There are lessons, and not just in sportsmanship or teamwork or the value of both winning and losing. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs' defense, Royals' place, Vick's surprise & the Sam Mellinger I never met," 3 July 2018 But there’s something sweet to the film’s notions of authenticity, a sincere belief in things like teamwork conquering all and needing to set aside ego to accomplish anything. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why Uncle Drew looks to be a summer sleeper hit," 3 July 2018 But the bugs were still there, at times deploying their own kind of teamwork by massing together and attacking as a unit. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "The Bugs of Volgograd: England-Tunisia Match Attracts Pests," 18 June 2018 The students also learn engineering, programming, business, marketing and teamwork skills. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A robot built by Arrowhead students is throwing out the first pitch at the June 15 Brewers game," 15 June 2018 While qualifying started poorly, Gareca's steady emphasis on youth and teamwork eventually yielded a more reliable defense, a fluid midfield and a potent attack. Brett Martel,, "In-form Peru, Denmark set to clash in key Group C match," 15 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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