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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)

  1. At the same time, in the same place; in close association.
    We went to school together.
    • 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.
  2. Into one place; into a single thing; combined.
    He put all the parts together.
    • 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."[1], 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.
  3. 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.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      A chap named Eleazir Kendrick and I had chummed in together the summer afore and built a fish-weir and shanty at Setuckit Point, down Orham way. For a spell we done pretty well.



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together ‎(comparative more together, superlative most together)

  1. (colloquial) well organized, well developed.
    He’s really together.