team·​work | \ ˈtēm-ˌwərk How to pronounce teamwork (audio) \

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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Yet much as meteorologists thrive on competition, Mr Blum notes that weather prediction ultimately depends on global teamwork, facilitated by institutions such as the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation. The Economist, "How to predict the weather," 6 July 2019 But the biggest display of teamwork came from Caroline Kurgat and Felix Kemboi, a pair of UAA runners. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Caroline Kurgat smashes Mayor’s half marathon record," 23 June 2019 Even amid all the giant trains and tulle, the aforementioned stairs were no problem, thanks to a little Dean family teamwork. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Turned the Met Gala Into the Ultimate Date Night," 9 May 2019 And two decades later, an equally focused and sophisticated example of teamwork gave us the Apollo 11 moon landing. Quanta Magazine, "Are Genes Selfish or Cooperative?," 14 Sep. 2017 This enables teamwork, connect, and a sense of shared learning. Richard Lobo, Quartz India, "Infosys HR chief on the three things Indian offices can do to prepare for millennial workers," 26 June 2019 Those attending will be taught life skills, including self-confidence, team building and teamwork, accountability, discipline, and respect. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, June 20," 20 June 2019 The idea behind Nike’s multi-pronged ad campaign was to curb diving, faking, and bribery while promoting the beautiful aspects of the sport — professionalism, teamwork, integrity, skill. Marlo Safi, National Review, "The Beautiful, Corrupt Game," 20 June 2019 Tajima and the others were dressed traditionally and for teamwork, in identical happi jackets made of light cotton and wearing white jika-tabi, the split-toed shoes of the Japanese laborer. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce teamwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of teamwork

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

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