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  1. a number of persons forming one of the sides in a game or contest: a football team.

  2. a number of persons associated in some joint action: a team of advisers.

  1. two or more horses, oxen, or other animals harnessed together to draw a vehicle, plow, or the like.

  2. one or more draft animals together with the harness and vehicle drawn.

  3. a family of young animals, especially ducks or pigs.

  4. Obsolete. offspring or progeny; lineage or stock.

verb (used with object)
  1. to join together in a team.

  2. Chiefly Northern U.S. Older Use. to convey or transport by means of a team; haul.

verb (used without object)
  1. to drive a team.

  2. to gather or join in a team, a band, or a cooperative effort (usually followed by up, together, etc.).

  1. of, relating to, or performed by a team: a team sport; team effort.

Origin of team

First recorded 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

Grammar notes for team

Other words for team

Other words from team

  • in·ter·team, adjective
  • un·der·teamed, adjective
  • un·teamed, adjective

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How to use team in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for team


/ (tiːm) /

noun(sometimes functioning as plural)
  1. a group of people organized to work together

  2. a group of players forming one of the sides in a sporting contest

  1. two or more animals working together to pull a vehicle or agricultural implement

  2. such animals and the vehicle: the coachman riding his team

  3. dialect a flock, herd, or brood

  4. obsolete ancestry

  1. (when intr, often foll by up) to make or cause to make a team: he teamed George with Robert

  2. (tr) US and Canadian to drag or transport in or by a team

  1. (intr) US and Canadian to drive a team

Origin of team

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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