team

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

PIE root
*dewk-

From Middle English teme, from Old English tēam ‎(child-bearing, offspring, brood, set of draught animals), from Proto-Germanic *taumaz ‎(that which draws or pulls), from Proto-Germanic *taugijaną, *tugōną, *teuhōną, *teuhaną ‎(to lead, bring, pull, draw), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- ‎(to pull, lead). Cognate with Scots team, teem ‎(a chain, harness), West Frisian team ‎(bridle, team), Dutch toom ‎(bridle, reins, flock of birds), German Zaum ‎(bridle), Norwegian tømme ‎(bridle, rein), Swedish töm ‎(leash, rein). More at tie, tow.

Noun[edit]

team ‎(plural teams)

  1. A set of draught animals, such as two horses in front of a carriage.
    • Macaulay
      It happened almost every day that coaches stuck fast, until a team of cattle could be procured from some neighbouring farm to tug them out of the slough.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 111:
      The adjacent alleys were choked with tethered wagons, the teams reversed and nuzzling gnawed corn-ears over the tail-boards.
  2. Any group of people involved in the same activity, especially sports or work.
    We need more volunteers for the netball team.
    The IT manager leads a team of three software developers.
  3. (obsolete) A group of animals moving together, especially young ducks.
    • Holland
      a team of ducklings about her
    • Dryden
      a long team of snowy swans on high
  4. (Britain, law, obsolete) A royalty or privilege granted by royal charter to a lord of a manor, of having, keeping, and judging in his court, his bondmen, neifes, and villains, and their offspring, or suit, that is, goods and chattels, and appurtenances thereto.
    • ALEXANDER M. BURRILL, LAW DICTIONARY & GLOSSARY, vol II, 1871 URL: http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924022836450
      TEAM, Theam, Tem, Them. Sax. [from tyman, to propagate, to teem.] In old English law. Literally, an offspring, race or generation. A royalty or privilege granted by royal charter to a lord of a manor, of having, keeping and judging in his court, his bondmen, neifes and villeins, and their offspring or suit. They who had a jurisdiction of this kind, were said to have a court of Theme... constantly used in the old books in connection with toll, in the expression Toll & Team.
Usage notes[edit]
  • When referring to the actions of a sports team, British English typically uses the third-person plural form rather than the third-person singular. However, this is not done in other contexts such as in business or politics.
    • 1885, The Cambridge Review, “C.U. Rugby Union: the University vs. Manchester”, volume 86, page 121: 
      Manchester were unable to bring the strong team they originally intended, []
    • 2000, Dan Goldstein, The rough guide to English football: a fans' handbook 2000-2001:
      Leeds were champions again.
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Verb[edit]

team ‎(third-person singular simple present teams, present participle teaming, simple past and past participle teamed)

  1. (intransitive) To form a group, as for sports or work.
    They teamed to complete the project.
  2. (transitive) To convey or haul with a team.
    to team lumber
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Thoreau to this entry?)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

team

  1. Misspelling of teem.

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

team m ‎(invariable)

  1. team (group of people)

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*dewk-

From Proto-Germanic *taumaz ‎(pull, draw).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tēam m (nominative plural tēamas)

  1. childbirth
  2. family, offspring
  3. a team of draught animals
  4. an Anglo-Saxon legal procedure in a stolen goods suit

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*dewk-
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Noun[edit]

team n

  1. team

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West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*dewk-
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Noun[edit]

team n

  1. bridle
  2. team
Example
"Sirkulaasjefollybal is in fariant op it 'gewoane' follybal, mei 4 spilers yn elts team." (Mini-volleyball is a variation of "normal" volleyball, with 4 players on each team.)