Definition of team in English:

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Pronunciation: /tēm/


[treated as singular or plural]
1A group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • When Brad Pitt left Jennifer Aniston and later set up home with Angelina Jolie, women across the U.S. wore T-shirts declaring them members of 'Team Aniston' or 'Team Jolie'.
  • The opening address of the MC for the evening asked the audience to align themselves with either "Team Edward" or " Team Jacob".
  • I don't see a lot of rabid Monkees fans declaring themselves members of Team Tork or Team Dolenz.
1.3Two or more animals, especially horses, harnessed together to pull a vehicle.
Example sentences
  • 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


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.
3 [with object] Harness (animals, especially horses) together to pull a vehicle: the horses are teamed in pairs
More example sentences
  • The horses are teamed in pairs, the drivers mounted on the near horses.
harness, yoke, hitch, couple


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
More example sentences
  • There is a balance between striking out as an individual and taking one for the team.
  • It's all about working together and personal sacrifice, taking one for the team.
  • Sometimes you have to take one for the team, especially when your team is the Human Race.


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'.

  • The original Anglo-Saxon meaning of team was ‘the bearing of children’. From there it became ‘a brood of young animals’, and then ‘a set of draught animals working together’, which gave us the modern idea of a group of people or set of sports players in the 16th century. In the sense ‘to be full of’ teem (Old English) is linked to team, but teem (Middle English) as in ‘teeming with rain’ is a different word altogether, which comes from Old Norse tómr ‘empty’—the original sense was ‘to drain liquid from’, the same image as in ‘its pouring with rain’.

Words that rhyme with team

abeam, agleam, beam, blaspheme, bream, deem, deme, downstream, dream, esteem, extreme, gleam, hakim, kilim, meme, midstream, Nîmes, régime, scheme, scream, seam, seem, steam, stream, supreme, teem, theme, upstream

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