Definition of team in English:


Syllabification: team
Pronunciation: /tēm


[treated as singular or plural]
  • 1A group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport.
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    • For the most part, hockey is truly a team game in a sports world that sells individuals.
    • Sports stars have been invited to visit the borough schools in a bid to promote team games and competitive sports.
    • Rather, it is the level that separates whether a player helps his team win or lose games.
    group, squad, company, party, crew, troupe, band, side, lineup, phalanx
    informal bunch, gang, posse
  • 1.1Two or more people working together: a team of researchers [as modifier]: a team effort
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    • The council has won a pledge of £200,000 to put together a team of people to shape the future of the West End.
    • Now we see him together with a team of fifty people execute a plan and successfully separate the twin girls.
    • This is despite the considerable efforts of a team of would-be rescuers.
  • 1.2 informal Used before another word to form the name of a real or notional group that supports or favors the person or thing indicated: are you team Mac or team PC? we’re totally Team Jenna and can’t wait for this delightful show to return
    [from the way in which some national sports teams are named, e.g. Team GB, Team USA]
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    • Fans wearing 'Team Cheryl' T-shirts delivered flowers to the star's home this weekend.
    • The backup's completed and the battery is still at 15% - way to go team netbook!
    • Are you Team Dog or Team Cat?
  • 1.3Two or more animals, especially horses, harnessed together to pull a vehicle.
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    • The latter seating four adults plus the driver and was pulled by a team of horses.
    • The rigid collar and tandem harness allowed teams to pull with equal strength and greater efficiency.
    • The CFD was also fully mobilized using fire wagons pulled by horse teams.
    pair, span, yoke, duo, set, tandem


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  • 1 [no object] (team up) Come together as a team to achieve a common goal: he teamed up with the band to produce the album
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    • He and Wazzock have decided to team up with the common goal of inflicting some misery on the troubled teenager.
    • They quickly touched on how much they had in common and agreed to team up.
    • The children's charity has teamed up with the Federation of Small Businesses and the British Chamber of Commerce to promote family friendly workplaces.
    join (forces), collaborate, get together, work together; unite, combine, cooperate, link, ally, associate
  • 2 [with object] (usually team something with) Match or coordinate a garment with (another): a pinstripe suit teamed with a crisp white shirt
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    • At Prada, Miuccia Prada teamed her narrow suits with a tie into a leu in a bit of East-meets-West kind of gimmickry.
    • The orange trouser suit was teamed with her trademark saucy shoes: embellished pointy ankle boots.
    • Cosmo tells us the safe way to wear animal print is to team a leopard print top with black pants and stilettos.


take one for the team

informal, chiefly US Willingly undertake an unpleasant task or make a personal sacrifice for the collective benefit of one’s friends or colleagues: I took one for the team by naming myself the designated driver
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  • You've got to take one for the team sometimes.
  • He's not happy with the pay freeze, but he's willing to take one for the team.
  • There's a difference between taking one for the team and being the fall guy.


Old English tēam 'team of draft animals', of Germanic origin; related to German Zaum 'bridle', also to teem1 and tow1, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin ducere 'to lead'.

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