altogether

al|to|geth|er1 [ ,ɔltə`geðər ] adverb ***
1. ) used for emphasizing that something has stopped or ended completely:
Many commuters have stopped using their cars altogether.
These rare animals may soon disappear altogether.
a ) used for emphasizing that something is completely ignored or forgotten:
I never mentioned our quarrel and Henry seemed to have forgotten it altogether.
The problem is too serious to be ignored altogether.
b ) used for emphasizing that what you are saying is true in every way:
She looked altogether charming in her white dress.
This is a new idea altogether.
c ) not altogether not completely:
I was not altogether surprised to hear that Bennet had resigned.
2. ) used for showing that a total number or amount includes everyone or everything:
Altogether, about 50 NATO aircraft took part in the attack.
How many guests will there be altogether?
3. ) used for introducing a summary of what you have just said:
The weather was great and the people were friendly altogether a perfect trip.
altogether
al|to|geth|er 2 [ ,ɔltə`geðər ] noun
in the altogether HUMOROUS
not wearing any clothes

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • altogether — ► ADVERB 1) completely. 2) in total. 3) on the whole. ● in the altogether Cf. ↑in the altogether USAGE Note that altogether and …   English terms dictionary

  • altogether — [ôl΄to͞o geth′ər, ôl′to͞o geth΄ər; ôl΄təgeth′ər, ôl′təgeth΄ər] adv. [ME altogedere: see ALL & TOGETHER] 1. wholly; completely [not altogether wrong] 2. in all; all being counted [he wrote six books altogether] 3. everything being considered; on… …   English World dictionary

  • Altogether — Al to*geth er, adv. [OE. altogedere; al all + togedere together. See {Together}.] 1. All together; conjointly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Altogether they went at once. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Without exception; wholly; completely. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • altogether — n. 1. nakedness; used mostly in the phrase in the altogether . [informal] Syn: raw, buff, birthday suit [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • altogether — early 13c., altogedere, a strengthened form of ALL (Cf. all) (also see TOGETHER (Cf. together)); used in the sense of a whole from 1660s. The altogether nude is from 1894 …   Etymology dictionary

  • altogether — [adv1] as a whole all, all in all, all things considered, all told, bodily, by and large, collectively, conjointly, en masse, everything considered, everything included, for the most part, generally, in all, in sum, in toto, on the whole, taken… …   New thesaurus

  • altogether — index in toto, outright, radical (extreme), wholly Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • altogether — [[t]ɔ͟ːltəge̱ðə(r)[/t]] ♦♦♦ 1) ADV: ADV after v (emphasis) You use altogether to emphasize that something has stopped, been done, or finished completely. When Artie stopped calling altogether, Julie found a new man... His tour may have to be… …   English dictionary

  • altogether — al|to|geth|er1 W3S2 [ˌo:ltəˈgeðə US ˌo:ltəˈgeðər] adv [Date: 1100 1200; Origin: all everything, everyone + together] 1.) used to emphasize that something has been done completely or has finished completely ▪ an old custom that has vanished… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • altogether — I UK [ˌɔːltəˈɡeðə(r)] / US [ˌɔltəˈɡeðər] adverb *** Usage note: Do not confuse altogether with all together, which means everyone or everything together : Write down the numbers and add them all together. 1) completely a) used for emphasizing… …   English dictionary

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