- 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.
- to join together in a team.
- Chiefly Northern U.S. Older Use. to convey or transport by means of a team; haul.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for team
But I think Steve Austin has to team up with a Japanese holdout to stop a nuclear bomb from going off or something.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
The following page details a tribute gag the Simpsons team inserted into the background of a scene.Here’s the Lost Judd Apatow ‘Simpsons’ Episode, Penned by Judd Apatow
January 6, 2015
Mr. Bachner said it had been hard to introduce his work ethic and share his vision with the locals and his team.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
The team tracked individuals from afar to get a sense of their behavior.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
It was, we have to have a team, all the right balls, a big field, and everything has to look right and be right.Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity
December 22, 2014
The two saddle-horses and a team for carriage use had been shipped ahead.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The team was purely American—that is to say, almost human in its intelligence and docility.
Then six miles of macadamized road showed us that the team could move.
Peaceful stood beside the team, with the lines still in his hand.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
A second and smaller sled was driven by Mit-sah, and to this was harnessed a team of puppies.White Fang
- 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
- obsolete ancestry
- (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 and History for team
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.