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altogether

[ awl-tuh-geth-er, awl-tuh-geth-er ]
/ ˌɔl təˈgɛð ər, ˈɔl təˌgɛð ər /
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adverb

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.

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Idioms for altogether

    in the altogether, Informal. nude (def. 1): When the phone rang she had just stepped out of the bathtub and was in the altogether.

Origin of altogether

First recorded in 1125–75; variant of Middle English altogeder; see all, together

words often confused with altogether

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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British Dictionary definitions for altogether

altogether
/ (ˌɔːltəˈɡɛðə, ˈɔːltəˌɡɛðə) /

adverb

with everything includedaltogether he owed me sixty pounds
completely; utterly; totallyhe was altogether mad
on the wholealtogether it was a very good party

noun

in the altogether informal naked
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