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ˌɔl təˈgɛð ər, ˈɔl təˌgɛð əral·to·geth·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. raw, altogether, birthday suitadverb

    informal terms for nakedness

    "in the raw"; "in the altogether"; "in his birthday suit"

  2. wholly, entirely, completely, totally, all, altogether, wholeadverb

    to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')

    "he was wholly convinced"; "entirely satisfied with the meal"; "it was completely different from what we expected"; "was completely at fault"; "a totally new situation"; "the directions were all wrong"; "it was not altogether her fault"; "an altogether new approach"; "a whole new idea"

  3. altogether, all told, in alladverb

    with everything included or counted

    "altogether he earns close to a million dollars"

  4. all in all, on the whole, altogether, tout ensembleadverb

    with everything considered (and neglecting details)

    "altogether, I'm sorry it happened"; "all in all, it's not so bad"


  1. altogetheradverb

    Without exception; wholly; completely.

  2. altogetheradverb

    On the whole; with everything considered.

    Altogether, I'm sorry it happened.

  3. Etymology: From altogeder, altogedere, equivalent to. Cognate with awthegither. Compare also eallgeador, allegearre. More at together.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Altogetheradverb

    Etymology: from all and together.

    It is in vain to speak of planting laws, and plotting policy, till they be altogether subdued. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    We find not in the world any people that hath lived altogether without religion. Richard Hooker, b. v. § 18.

    If death and danger are things that really cannot be endured, no man could ever be obliged to suffer for his conscience, or to die for his religion; it being altogether as absurd to imagine a man obliged to suffer, as to do impossibilities. South.

    I do not altogether disapprove of the manner of interweaving texts of scripture through the style of your sermon. Jonathan Swift.

    Cousin of Somerset, join you with me,
    And altogether with the duke of Suffolk,
    We’ll quickly hoist duke Humphry from his seat. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. ii.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Altogetheradverb

    all together; conjointly

  2. Altogetheradverb

    without exception; wholly; completely

  3. Etymology: [OE. altogedere; al all + togedere together. See Together.]


  1. Altogether

    Altogether is a greatest hits album released by pop group, The Nolans in 1982. Following a successful run in the UK Charts, lasting between 1979 and 1982, Altogether was the first hits compilation released by The Nolans. It featured their seven consecutive top 20 hits and followed four top 20 albums by the group. The album was released at the beginning of the group's decline in the UK, and the lead single, "Dragonfly" failed to chart. This song was a departure for the group, with it not being produced by either of their regular producers, Ben Findon or Nicky Graham, but by Tim Friese-Greene, who was responsible for the recent success of Tight Fit. The album itself also fared less well than expected when it peaked at No.52. It was also at this time that the group were back to being a five-piece, with the return of former member, Anne Nolan. This was the last Nolans album released by Epic Records, and their final single with them came the following year. The follow-up album, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, was released in 1984 on another label and restored the group to a slightly higher level as it reached No.39, but this proved to be The Nolans' last gasp in the UK.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Altogether

    awl-too-geth′ėr, adv. all together: wholly: completely: without exception.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'altogether' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3263

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'altogether' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2027

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'altogether' in Adverbs Frequency: #234

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of altogether in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of altogether in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of altogether in a Sentence

  1. George Santayana:

    The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.

  2. Brulte Co.:

    The biggest competitive advantage that TuSimple has over its competitors is that their technology was purpose-built for trucking. They're not trying to port an autonomy system built for passenger vehicles in dense urban environments to trucking or to build a virtual driver which can both drive passenger vehicles and class-8 trucks. These are different skills and different systems altogether.

  3. Francis Bacon, 1597-1625:

    When a traveller returneth home, let him not leave the countries where he hath travelled altogether behind him.

  4. Machiavelli:

    Men are of three different capacities: one understands intuitively; another understands so far as it is explained; and a third understands neither of himself nor by explanation. The first is excellent, the second, commendable, and the third, altogether useless.

  5. Deena Kastor:

    My personal opinion is that Tyson Gay names should be wiped off the books altogether as if Tyson Gay never competed, i'm worried about the image of our sport.

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