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Definitions for altogether
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.


  1. altogether

    Altogether is an adverb that generally means completely, totally, in all, or in total. It can also refer to when considering everything or everyone together. The term is often used to denote the final result or sum of a series of actions or events.

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. Dennis LaFrance:

    But to make it go away altogether is kind of Scroogy.

  2. Varshini Prakash:

    This is why young people are doubting the political process altogether, if Biden wants to solve for voter turnout in 2022, he should actually deliver on the things he promised, not move farther away from them.

  3. Sam Rainsy:

    If we Khmers continue to fight against each other, we will continue to lose our territories and, in the not too distant future, we will lose our country altogether.

  4. Cesare Lombroso:

    Good sense travels on the well-worn paths genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics.

  5. George Washington:

    I do not mean to exclude altogether the idea of patriotism. I know it exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.

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