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altogether Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun informal terms for nakedness
    birthday suit; raw.
    • in the raw
    • in the altogether
    • in his birthday suit
  2. adverb to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
    all; whole; wholly; completely; entirely; totally.
    • he was wholly convinced
    • entirely satisfied with the meal
    • it was completely different from what we expected
    • was completely at fault
    • a totally new situation
    • the directions were all wrong
    • it was not altogether her fault
    • an altogether new approach
    • a whole new idea
  3. adverb with everything included or counted
    all told; in all.
    • altogether he earns close to a million dollars
  4. adverb with everything considered (and neglecting details)
    on the whole; tout ensemble; all in all.
    • altogether, I'm sorry it happened
    • all in all, it's not so bad

Al`to*geth"er adverb
OE. altogedere; al all + togedere together. See Together.
  1. All together; conjointly. Obs.
    Altogether they wen at once. Chaucer.
  2. Without exception; wholly; completely.
    Every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Ps. xxxix. 5.

Webster 1913