Definition of altogether adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɔːltəˈɡeðə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɔːltəˈɡeðər//
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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 don't altogether agree with you. I am not altogether happy (= I am very unhappy) about the decision. It was an altogether different situation. I’m not altogether convinced, I’m afraid.
  2. 2  used to give a total number or amount You owe me £68 altogether. Which Word?altogether / all together Altogether and all together do not mean the same thing. Altogether means ‘in total’ or (in British English) ‘completely’:We have invited fifty people altogether. I am not altogether convinced by this argument. 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!
  3. 3  used 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. Word OriginOld English, composite of all and together.
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