From Late Middle English together, from earlier togedere, togadere, from Old English tōgædere (“together”), from Proto-Germanic *tō (“to”) + Proto-Germanic *gadar (“together”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷhedh- (“to keep”), equivalent to to- + gather. Cognate with Scots togiddir, thegither (“together”), Old Frisian togadera (“together”), Middle Dutch tegadere, tegader (“together”), Middle High German gater (“together”). Compare also Old English ætgædere (“together”), Old English ġeador (“together”). More at gather.
- (UK) IPA(key): /tʊˈɡɛð.ə(ɹ)/, /təˈɡɛð.ə(ɹ)/
- (US) IPA(key): /tʊˈɡɛðɚ/, IPA(key): /təˈɡɛðɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɛðə(r)
- Hyphenation: to‧geth‧er
together (not comparable)
- At the same time, in the same place; in close association.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, The Mirror and the Lamp:
- “[…] This is Mr. Churchill, who, as you are aware, is good enough to come to us for his diaconate, and, as we hope, for much longer; and being a gentleman of independent means, he declines to take any payment.” Saying this Walden rubbed his hands together and smiled contentedly.
- We went to school together.
- Into one place; into a single thing; combined.
a1420, The British Museum Additional MS, 12,056, “Wounds complicated by the Dislocation of a Bone”, in Robert von Fleischhacker editor, Lanfranc's "Science of cirurgie.", London: K. Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co, translation of original by Lanfranc of Milan, ISBN 1163911380, published 1894, page 63:
- Ne take noon hede to brynge togidere þe parties of þe boon þat is to-broken or dislocate, til viij. daies ben goon in þe wyntir, & v. in þe somer; for þanne it schal make quytture, and be sikir from swellynge; & þanne brynge togidere þe brynkis eiþer þe disiuncture after þe techynge þat schal be seid in þe chapitle of algebra.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, The Celebrity:
- Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. […] A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes.
- He put all the parts together.
- In a relationship or partnership, for example a business relationship or a romantic partnership.
- Bob and Andy went into business together. Jenny and Mark have been together since they went on holiday to Mexico.
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