View synonyms for altogether


[ awl-tuh-geth-er, awl-tuh-geth-er ]


  1. altogether fitting.

    Synonyms: absolutely, utterly, totally

  2. with all or everything included:

    The debt amounted altogether to twenty dollars.

  3. with everything considered; on the whole:

    Altogether, I'm glad it's over.


/ ˌɔːltəˈɡɛðə; ˈɔːltəˌɡɛðə /


  1. with everything included

    altogether he owed me sixty pounds

  2. completely; utterly; totally

    he was altogether mad

  3. on the whole

    altogether it was a very good party


  1. in the altogether informal.
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Confusables Note

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. The word all can be omitted without seriously affecting the meaning: The children were together in the kitchen.
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Word History and Origins

Origin of altogether1

First recorded in 1125–75; variant of Middle English altogeder; all, together
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. in the altogether, Informal. nude ( def 1 ):

    When the phone rang she had just stepped out of the bathtub and was in the altogether.

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Example Sentences

For parents everywhere, screen time has now taken on a different meaning altogether.

On April 30, California suspended its polio vaccination program altogether, and by May 7 all polio vaccinations had been paused for a week by recommendation of the surgeon general.

From Ozy

So we have between 100 and 200,000, and we altogether have done a very good job.

Perhaps the last company to do so was Castlight Health in 2014, which subsequently lost over 95% of its value, but most prior examples occurred during the Internet bubble in 1999 and 2000 and ended up disappearing altogether.

From Fortune

Coronavirus has denied brands the ability to plan, and forced some to pivot altogether and reinvent themselves.

From Digiday

Still other people have moved away from the word “diet” altogether.

Otherwise, we will be but celebrating an empty holiday, missing its true meaning altogether.

Some pro-life groups worry that they discourage women from staying pregnant altogether.

But if you ask leftists what Cuba is famous for they will usually say something altogether different: healthcare and education.

The list of banned items from the BBFC seems altogether ridiculous and excessive.

The possibilities of certain branches of teaching have been altogether revolutionized by the cinematograph.

He was one of the founders of Andover theological seminary, and contributed altogether about $125,000 to that institution.

The pipe has a modern look and is altogether unlike those found by the English in use among the Indians in Virginia.

Broadly speaking, the new money will be altogether too good to meet this particular need.

They spoke like this because they are accustomed to abandon altogether those whom they have once judged incurable.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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