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Definition of altogether adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈɔltəˌɡɛðər//
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  1. 1(used to emphasize something) completely; in every way The train went slower and slower until it stopped altogether. I am not altogether happy about the decision. It was an altogether different situation.
  2. 2used to give a total number or amount You owe me $68 altogether.
  3. 3used to introduce a summary when you have mentioned a number of different things The food was good and we loved the music. Altogether, it was a great evening.
  4. Which Word?altogether / all together Altogether and all together do not mean the same thing. Altogether means “in total” or “completely”:We have invited fifty people altogether. I am not altogether convinced by this argument. Have you lost your mind altogether? All together means “all in one place” or “all at once”:Can you put your books all together in this box? Let’s sing “Happy Birthday.” All together now!
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