What does team mean?

Definitions for team

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word team.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. team, squadnoun

    a cooperative unit (especially in sports)

  2. teamverb

    two or more draft animals that work together to pull something

  3. team, team upverb

    form a team

    "We teamed up for this new project"


  1. teamnoun

    A set of draught animals, such as two horses in front of a carriage.

  2. teamnoun

    Any group of people involved in the same activity, especially referring to sports and work.

  3. teamverb

    To form a group, as for sports or work.

    They teamed to complete the project.

  4. Etymology: From teme, from team, from taumaz, from taugijanan, from dewk-. Cognate with toom, Zaum, tømme, töm. More at tie, tow.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Teamnoun

    Etymology: temo, the team of a carriage, Latin; tyme , Saxon, a yoke.

    Thee a ploughman all unweeting sound,
    As he his toilsome team that way did guide,
    And brought thee up in ploughman’s state to bide. F. Qu.

    We fairies that do run
    By the triple Hecate’s team,
    From the presence of the sun,
    Following darkness like a dream,
    Now are frolick. William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    Making such difference betwixt wake and sleep,
    As is the diff’rence betwixt day and night,
    The hour before the heav’nly harness’d team
    Begins his golden progress in the East. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    I am in love; but a team of horse shall not pluck that from me, nor who ’tis I love. William Shakespeare.

    After the declining sun
    Had chang’d the shadows, and their task was done,
    Home with their weary team they took their way. Wentworth Dillon.

    He heav’d with more than human force to move
    A weighty stone, the labour of a team. Dryden.

    In stiff clays they may plow one acre of wheat with a team of horse. John Mortimer, Husb.

    Like a long team of snowy swans on high,
    Which clap their wings, and cleave the liquid sky. Dryden.


  1. Team

    A team is a group of individuals (human or non-human) working together to achieve their goal. As defined by Professor Leigh Thompson of the Kellogg School of Management, "[a] team is a group of people who are interdependent with respect to information, resources, knowledge and skills and who seek to combine their efforts to achieve a common goal".A group does not necessarily constitute a team. Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.


  1. TEAM

    A team is a group of individuals who collaborate and work together to achieve a common goal or objective. They pool their skills, knowledge, and resources to complement each other's strengths and weaknesses, resulting in enhanced productivity, creativity, and overall effectiveness. Teams operate through effective communication, cooperation, and coordination, with each member playing a specific role and contributing towards the shared goal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Teamnoun

    a group of young animals, especially of young ducks; a brood; a litter

  2. Teamnoun

    hence, a number of animals moving together

  3. Teamnoun

    two or more horses, oxen, or other beasts harnessed to the same vehicle for drawing, as to a coach, wagon, sled, or the like

  4. Teamnoun

    a number of persons associated together in any work; a gang; especially, a number of persons selected to contend on one side in a match, or a series of matches, in a cricket, football, rowing, etc

  5. Teamnoun

    a flock of wild ducks

  6. Teamnoun

    a royalty or privilege granted by royal charter to a lord of a manor, of having, keeping, and judging in his court, his bondmen, neifes, and villains, and their offspring, or suit, that is, goods and chattels, and appurtenances thereto

  7. Teamverb

    to engage in the occupation of driving a team of horses, cattle, or the like, as in conveying or hauling lumber, goods, etc.; to be a teamster

  8. Teamverb

    to convey or haul with a team; as, to team lumber


  1. Team

    A team comprises a group of people or animals linked in a common purpose. Teams are especially appropriate for conducting tasks that are high in complexity and have many interdependent subtasks. A group in itself does not necessarily constitute a team. Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize his/her strengths and minimize his/her weaknesses. Team members need to learn how to help one another, help other team members realize their true potential, and create an environment that allows everyone to go beyond their limitations. A team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members. Thus teams of game players can form to practise their craft. Transport logistics executives can select teams of horses, dogs or oxen for the purpose of conveying goods. Theorists in business in the late 20th century popularised the concept of constructing teams. Differing opinions exist on the efficacy of this new management fad. Some see "team" as a four-letter word: overused and under-useful. Others see it as a panacea that finally realizes the human relations movement's desire to integrate what that movement perceives as best for workers and as best for managers. Still others believe in the effectiveness of teams, but also see them as dangerous because of the potential for exploiting workers — in that team effectiveness can rely on peer pressure and peer surveillance.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Team

    tēm, n. a number of animals moving together or in order: two or more oxen or other animals harnessed to the same vehicle; a number of persons associated for doing anything conjointly, playing a game, &c.—v.t. to join together in a team: to give work to a gang under a sub-contractor.—adj. Teamed (Spens.), arranged in a team.—n. Team′ster, one who drives a team.—adv. Team′wise, like a team, harnessed together. [A.S. teám, offspring; prob. teón, to draw.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. team

    Ships blockading a port, being generally formed in a line, are said to be "in the team."

Editors Contribution

  1. team

    A group of people focused on a specific goal, task or project.

    The team were so inspiring and focused

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

  2. team

    A group of people who play a form of sport together as a united group of people.

    The team love to play together and ensure the money they earn a percentage is shared with other football clubs.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 13, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. TEAM

    What does TEAM stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the TEAM acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TEAM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Team is ranked #116201 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Team surname appeared 150 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Team.

    77.3% or 116 total occurrences were White.
    8% or 12 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    6.6% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.6% or 7 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'team' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #489

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'team' in Written Corpus Frequency: #866

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'team' in Nouns Frequency: #146

Anagrams for team »

  1. tame

  2. mate

  3. maté

  4. meat

  5. meta

  6. Meta

  7. tema

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of team in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of team in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of team in a Sentence

  1. Danica Patrick:

    It's friggin' February, buddy, it's sponsor and team. Both are happy, so it's a matter of getting GoDaddy in a place where they're happy and committing to something, and from my understanding the team wants that, too, and it's just a matter of time.

  2. Chief Executive Jeffrey Smith:

    Yahoo has been great, the board members have been terrific and welcoming, the management team has been terrific and welcoming. This is no different from almost all of the companies that we get involved with.

  3. Andy Ruiz Jr.:

    This is what I have been dreaming about, this is what I have been working hard for. I can't believe I just made my dreams come true. I just want to thank my team and my family. The sky is the limit, baby.

  4. Pernilla Lindberg:

    I had a bit of a rough summer. I was putting a lot of pressure on Pernilla Lindberg because I wanted to be on that Solheim Cup team.

  5. Salih Sadir:

    The biggest thing that impacted our morale and persistence and confidence to continue playing for the team... was the incident that took place, the woman who lost her son, this was a turning point.

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