Definition of altogether in English:



  • 1Completely; totally.

    ‘I stopped seeing her altogether’
    [as submodifier] ‘I'm not altogether sure that I'd trust him’
    • ‘But the idea that the danger is so great that it should stop us swimming altogether is preposterous.’
    • ‘In fact, I am not altogether sure that there is much truth at all going around Camps Bay these days.’
    • ‘I'm not at the point where I'm a danger to other road users, if I were I would stop night driving altogether.’
    • ‘In future, councils will be given the option of reducing the level of the discount - or stopping it altogether.’
    • ‘I can even handle it if you stop coming here altogether - and believe me, I couldn't always have said that.’
    • ‘The Tory party, of course, have moaned about the expense and hinted that they might abolish Sure Start altogether.’
    • ‘And it's also at about this time that I wonder whether to stop watching the news altogether.’
    • ‘Having read this book, I was not altogether sure which age group the author had in mind.’
    • ‘I should do like certain bloggers I have seen and stop altogether but I'm not sure I could.’
    • ‘My barber said I should scratch my head vigorously every now and then and stop using shampoo altogether.’
    • ‘I don't think he and my Dad got on all that well, but I'm not altogether sure.’
    • ‘Though I am not sure Mr Blahnik altogether approves of that kind of informality.’
    • ‘I therefore felt somewhat of a hypercrit to be making vows in God's house when I'm not altogether sure of my beliefs.’
    • ‘Airline executives had warned that a change in insurance cover might force them to stop flying altogether.’
    • ‘After a while, I stop listening altogether, and go into nodding and smiling autopilot mode.’
    • ‘Interestingly, and perhaps not altogether surprisingly, not everyone has the same appetite for risk.’
    • ‘Maybe it is about time that smoking at the staff entrance was stopped altogether.’
    • ‘Cllr Brian Stanley said that he was not altogether sure that all the blame lay on her shoulders.’
    • ‘If we stop stigmatising suicide altogether, where will we end up?’
    • ‘And then there's the question of adjusting for inflation which I am not altogether sure how to go about.’
    • ‘In fact maybe you should stop them watching TV altogether and make them get up from that playstation.’
    completely, totally, entirely, absolutely, wholly, fully, thoroughly, utterly, quite, one hundred per cent, downright, unqualifiedly, in all respects, unconditionally, perfectly, unrestrictedly, consummately, undisputedly, unmitigatedly, wholeheartedly
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    1. 1.1Including everything or everyone; in total.
      ‘he had married several times and had forty-six children altogether’
      • ‘We were ten altogether.’
      • ‘So altogether it would take at least two years if everything went well, it would take at least two years to get out of this life.’
      • ‘How many people altogether work in the same organization?’
      • ‘Altogether 100 papers were found using the reported search, of which four presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question.’
    2. 1.2[sentence adverb]Taking everything into consideration; on the whole.
      ‘altogether it was a great evening’
      • ‘He does the game completion stats for us as well, and altogether it can be quite time-consuming so he does a good job.’
      • ‘Altogether it wasn’t the most successful show for us.’
      • ‘Altogether it's one of my absolute favorite movies of all time.’


Note that altogether and all together do not mean the same thing. Altogether means ‘in total’, as in there are six bedrooms altogether, whereas all together means ‘all in one place’ or ‘all at once’, as in it was good to have a group of friends all together; they came in all together


  • in the altogether

    • informal Without any clothes on; naked.

      ‘she's agreed to pose in the altogether’
      • ‘And they genuinely believe that they created a fashion for male celebrities appearing in the altogether.’
      • ‘He struts around confidently in the altogether.’
      • ‘Eventually, the film implodes under the burden of its repetitiveness, so that by the time we reach the end we feel like we've seen half the planet's population in the altogether.’
      • ‘I have no doubt he dreamt up some of the city's freeways he subsequently built while sunning himself in the altogether.’
      • ‘The poor old emperor striding down the street in the altogether was, of course, blissfully unaware that he hadn't got any clothes on.’


Old English (see all, together).