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From Middle English altogeder, altogedere, equivalent to al- (all) +‎ together. Cognate with Scots awthegither (altogether). Compare also Old English eallġeador (altogether), West Frisian allegearre (altogether). More at together.



altogether (not comparable)

  1. Without exception; wholly; completely.
    • 1891, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches,"
      Your advice will be altogether invaluable to me.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
  2. On the whole; with everything considered.
    Altogether, I'm sorry it happened.
    • 2011 November 10, Jeremy Wilson, “tEngland Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report”, Telegraph:
      A sell-out crowd of 10,000 then observed perfectly a period of silence before the team revealed their black armbands, complete with stitched-in poppies, for the match. After Fifa’s about-turn, it must have been a frantic few days for the England kit manufacturer. The on-field challenge was altogether more straightforward.


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