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Definition of "altogether" []

  • Entirely; completely; utterly: lost the TV picture altogether; an altogether new approach. (adverb)
  • With all included or counted; all told: There were altogether 20 people at the dinner. (adverb)
  • On the whole; with everything considered: Altogether, I'm sorry it happened. (adverb)
  • A state of nudity. Often used with the: in the altogether. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "altogether" in a sentence
  • "Locke, in particular, ruined the term altogether in English philosophical literature, where it has ceased to possess any recognized definite meaning."
  • "I'm blessed if I can make it out -- he's dropped the title altogether, and now calls himself _Mister_ -- I've forgotten for the moment the rest of it, but it is an English name."
  • "It may be affirmed that the writers of the age of Louis XIV would not have used these expressions: they would never have thought of using the word "equality" without applying it to some particular object; and they would rather have renounced the term altogether than have consented to make a living personage of it."