[awl-tuh-geth -er, awl-tuh-geth-er]
- wholly; entirely; completely; quite: altogether fitting.
- with all or everything included: The debt amounted altogether to twenty dollars.
- with everything considered; on the whole: Altogether, I'm glad it's over.
- in the altogether, Informal. nude: When the phone rang she had just stepped out of the bathtub and was in the altogether.
Origin of altogether
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1. utterly, totally, absolutely.
The forms altogether and all together, though often indistinguishable in speech, are distinct in meaning. The adverb altogether means “wholly, entirely, completely”: an altogether confused scene. The phrase all together means “in a group”: The children were all together in the kitchen. This all can be omitted without seriously affecting the meaning: The children were together in the kitchen.
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Examples from the Web for altogether
Still other people have moved away from the word “diet” altogether.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
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There was a scar on one cheek, and, altogether, he was not very prepossessing in his appearance.Brave and Bold
Still the country was much improved, and not altogether unknown.
The natives met with were friendly, but to us altogether unintelligible.
She was thus extremely unreasonable and altogether charming.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Perhaps the quiet of his boy had not been altogether the quiet of cowardice.Way of the Lawless
- with everything includedaltogether he owed me sixty pounds
- completely; utterly; totallyhe was altogether mad
- on the wholealtogether it was a very good party
- in the altogether informal naked
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Word Origin and History for altogether
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