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altogether Syllabification: al·to·geth·er
Pronunciation: /ˌôltəˈɡeT͟Hər/

Definition of altogether in English:


1Completely; totally: I stopped seeing her altogether [as submodifier]: I’m not altogether sure that I’d trust him
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  • And then there's the question of adjusting for inflation which I am not altogether sure how to go about.
  • Cllr Brian Stanley said that he was not altogether sure that all the blame lay on her shoulders.
  • In fact, I am not altogether sure that there is much truth at all going around Camps Bay these days.
1.1Including everything or everyone; in total: he had married several times and had forty-six children altogether
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  • We were ten altogether.
  • How many people altogether work in the same organization?
  • Altogether 100 papers were found using the reported search, of which four presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question.
1.2 [sentence adverb] Taking everything into consideration; on the whole: altogether it was a great evening
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  • He does the game completion stats for us as well, and altogether it can be quite time-consuming so he does a good job.
  • Altogether it wasn’t the most successful show for us.
  • Altogether it's one of my absolute favorite movies of all time.


Old English (see all, together).


Note that altogether and all together do not mean the same thing. Altogether means ‘in total, totally’ as in there are six bedrooms altogether, or that is a different matter altogether, whereas all together means ‘all in one place’ or ‘all at once,’ as in it was good to have a group of friends all together, or they came in all together.


in the altogether

informal Without any clothes on; naked: she’s agreed to pose in the altogether
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  • And they genuinely believe that they created a fashion for male celebrities appearing in the altogether.
  • I have no doubt he dreamt up some of the city's freeways he subsequently built while sunning himself in the altogether.
  • He struts around confidently in the altogether.

Words that rhyme with altogether

feather, heather, leather, nether, tether, together, weather, wether, whether

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