al·​to·​geth·​er | \ ˌȯl-tə-ˈge-t͟hər How to pronounce altogether (audio) \

Definition of altogether

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : wholly, completely an altogether different problem stopped raining altogether
2 : in all : all told spent a hundred dollars altogether
3 : on the whole Altogether their efforts were successful.



Definition of altogether (Entry 2 of 2)

: nude used with the posed in the altogether

Examples of altogether in a Sentence

Adverb They had an altogether new idea. If we don't do something now, the forests may disappear altogether. It's best to avoid the situation altogether. Altogether, their efforts were successful. Noun had never posed in the altogether for a photographer before
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Now the school system has stopped posting percentages of student and staff positivity altogether, instead giving daily case counts. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2022 While specific demands vary, students' requests largely center around allowing remote learning options as an alternative for those who are worried about coming to school, rather than shutting classrooms down altogether. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2022 There are others, though, that may choose to enter the transfer portal, return to Louisville or retire from football altogether. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 14 Jan. 2022 Fraudulent masks may be missing NIOSH marks altogether or the acronym isn’t spelled correctly. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, 14 Jan. 2022 That illness prompted a change to a virtual debate format for the second debate—a decision that prompted more protests from Trump’s aides and, eventually, the then-president backing out altogether. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 14 Jan. 2022 And some people have simply left the retail and food-service industries altogether, switching to other kinds of work. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 14 Jan. 2022 Greenhouse gas mitigation efforts could help stall the arrival of that moment, but probably cannot reverse it altogether, because carbon dioxide emissions can linger in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Several shows, both on and Off Broadway, have canceled holiday performances or closed altogether because of surging COVID cases. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 24 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to my calculations, the White House methodology yields the absurd conclusion that eliminating the corporate tax altogether would boost annual household wages by up to $20,000. Jason Furman, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of altogether


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for altogether

Adverb and Noun

Middle English altogedere, from al all + togedere together

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Time Traveler for altogether

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The first known use of altogether was before the 12th century

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18 Jan 2022

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“Altogether.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of altogether

: completely and fully : totally entirely
: with everything added together : when everything is added up
: in a general way : when everything is considered


al·​to·​geth·​er | \ ˌȯl-tə-ˈge-t͟hər How to pronounce altogether (audio) \

Kids Definition of altogether

1 : completely I'm not altogether sure.
2 : with everything being considered Altogether it's the best choice.
3 : when everything is added together How much rain will we get altogether?

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