[ 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.
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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
See collective noun.
OTHER WORDS FROM teamin·ter·team, adjectiveun·der·teamed, adjectiveun·teamed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for team
/ (tiːm) /
noun (sometimes functioning as plural)
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 vehiclethe coachman riding his team
dialect a flock, herd, or brood
(when intr, often foll by up) to make or cause to make a teamhe teamed George with Robert
(tr) US and Canadian to drag or transport in or by a team
(intr) US and Canadian to drive a team
Word Origin for 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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