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[teem] /tim/
a number of persons forming one of the sides in a game or contest:
a football team.
a number of persons associated in some joint action:
a team of advisers.
two or more horses, oxen, or other animals harnessed together to draw a vehicle, plow, or the like.
one or more draft animals together with the harness and vehicle drawn.
a family of young animals, especially ducks or pigs.
Obsolete. offspring or progeny; lineage or stock.
verb (used with object)
to join together in a team.
Chiefly Northern U.S. Older Use. to convey or transport by means of a team; haul.
verb (used without object)
to drive a team.
to gather or join in a team, a band, or a cooperative effort (usually followed by up, together, etc.).
of, relating to, or performed by a team:
a team sport; team effort.
Origin of team
before 900; Middle English teme (noun), Old English tēam child-bearing, brood, offspring, set of draft beasts; cognate with Dutch toom bridle, reins, German Zaum, Old Norse taumr
Related forms
interteam, adjective
underteamed, adjective
unteamed, adjective
10. combine, unite, ally, merge.
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  • Then Mekolka brings the team up to the edge and holds his toor—the long driving pole—across them to make them stand evenly.

    The Silent Readers William D. Lewis
  • The rest of you can team up any way you want tonight, pick any route that's open.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • Tyler did not believe in working a team up to the very last minute, and never had his men on the field the day before a big game.

    The Mystery of Arnold Hall Helen M. Persons
  • And now he made himself a sledge, threw his team up in the air, and drove off.

  • She sat still until he pulled the team up close beside her and looked down with a smile.

    Masters of the Wheat-Lands Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for team up


noun (sometimes functioning as pl)
a group of people organized to work together
a group of players forming one of the sides in a sporting contest
two or more animals working together to pull a vehicle or agricultural implement
such animals and the vehicle: the coachman riding his team
(dialect) a flock, herd, or brood
(obsolete) ancestry
when intr, often foll by up. to make or cause to make a team: he teamed George with Robert
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to drag or transport in or by a team
(intransitive) (US & Canadian) to drive a team
Word Origin
Old English team offspring; related to Old Frisian tām bridle, Old Norse taumr chain yoking animals together, Old High German zoum bridle
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Word Origin and History for team up



1550s, "to harness beasts in a team," from team (n.). The meaning "to come together as a team" (usually with up) is attested from 1932. Related: Teamed; teaming.



Old English team "set of draft animals yoked together," from Proto-Germanic *taumaz (cf. Old Norse taumr, Old Frisian tam, Dutch toom, Old High German zoum, German Zaum "bridle"), probably literally "that which draws," from *taugmaz "action of drawing," from series *taukh-, *tukh-, *tug-, represented by Old English togian "to pull, drag" (see tow), from PIE *deuk- "pull" (related to Latin ducere "to lead;" see duke (n.)). Applied to people in Old English, especially "group of people acting together to bring suit." Team spirit is recorded from 1928. Team player attested from 1886, originally in baseball.


1550s, "to harness beasts in a team," from team (n.). The meaning "to come together as a team" (usually with up) is attested from 1932. Related: Teamed; teaming.

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Slang definitions & phrases for team up

team up

verb phrase

To join together in some effort; buddy up (1956+)


Related Terms

swat team

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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