Definition of team in English:



  • 1[treated as singular or plural] A group of players forming one side in a competitive game or sport.

    • ‘Rather, it is the level that separates whether a player helps his team win or lose games.’
    • ‘Pate now reads the sports pages everyday to keep up-to-date with the latest teams, games and players.’
    • ‘This money is then paid into a pool, which is then paid out to players from each team in every game as weekly bonuses.’
    • ‘That doesn't seem fair to players on teams that don't qualify for post-season games.’
    • ‘For the most part, hockey is truly a team game in a sports world that sells individuals.’
    • ‘Each team member played six games, earning a point for a win and half a point for a draw.’
    • ‘Sports stars have been invited to visit the borough schools in a bid to promote team games and competitive sports.’
    • ‘If team sports and ball games are not your thing, the romance of swords, and bows and arrows may appeal.’
    • ‘In a very competitive game both teams played some brilliant football.’
    • ‘There are also many games in which players are split into teams which compete against each other.’
    • ‘Cricket is a team game and yet on this tour too many players have hidden or avoided responsibility.’
    • ‘The mixed bag was welcome start to the season, with many new players of the home team playing their first game.’
    • ‘Women's sport, especially in team games, is yet to provide the same appeal as men's.’
    • ‘The feature also discusses the great games, teams, and players of the tournament through the years.’
    • ‘In this case, each player in a team plays a separate game with one of the opposing pair.’
    • ‘Our game is the toughest team sport in the world and success has to be earned the hard way.’
    • ‘Previous England rugby sides, and England teams in many other sports, would have crumbled under the weight of such errors.’
    • ‘The crowd at the port city turned out to be the most sporting, with players of both teams applauded for good cricket.’
    • ‘Guiseley have had a big influx of players for all their teams at pre-season training.’
    • ‘Players win games, and when teams have the right coach in the right situation, they win titles.’
    group, squad, side, band, bunch, company, party, gang, selection, crew, troupe, set, line-up, array
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    1. 1.1Two or more people working together.
      ‘a team of researchers’
      [as modifier] ‘a team effort’
      • ‘So it was good to be out on the water, with a team of people and be forced to put the work in.’
      • ‘Each day a team of 30 staff start work at 6am to try to keep the Harrogate District free of litter.’
      • ‘Having said that I am going to run a very vigorous campaign and I have a team of workers anxious to get going.’
      • ‘She stressed the city council was not abandoning archaeology and would still employ a team of archaeologists.’
      • ‘The Association is managed by a team of full time staff who report to a voluntary board of directors.’
      • ‘A team of lawyers and staff from Hammonds have devoted time and energy to fund-raising.’
      • ‘They should have a proven ability to lead a team of people, be self-motivated and adaptable.’
      • ‘Australia was a penal settlement at the time, and a team of convict labourers were set about the task.’
      • ‘We got a team of people trying to get the documentation that will tell us what came down.’
      • ‘A team of seven people has already signed-up from the Gazette, but Sallie and Clive want to hear from you.’
      • ‘Twice the size of a normal bike, the bronze Fat Boy Harley has been made by a team of eight workers and taken six months to complete.’
      • ‘The gym will have state-of-the-art equipment and will be serviced by a team of specialist fitness staff.’
      • ‘Now we see him together with a team of fifty people execute a plan and successfully separate the twin girls.’
      • ‘The nation-wide search to find a team of new journalists was run during the summer and was a huge success.’
      • ‘With the exception of Lee Grantham they were part of a team of individuals who organised and carried out the execution.’
      • ‘The council has won a pledge of £200,000 to put together a team of people to shape the future of the West End.’
      • ‘A team of workers has just hit the streets to drop off leaflets, knock on doors and talk to local people about the new service.’
      • ‘This strategy said services should be provided by a team of specialists working together.’
      • ‘The move will mean two paid staff will lose their jobs and a team of 11 volunteer workers will be left without a cause to help.’
      • ‘This is despite the considerable efforts of a team of would-be rescuers.’
    2. 1.2informal Used before another word to form the name of a real or notional group that supports or favors the person or thing indicated.
      ‘are you team Mac or team PC?’
      ‘we're totally Team Jenna and can't wait for this delightful show to return’
      • ‘The backup's completed and the battery is still at 15% - way to go team netbook!’
      • ‘I don't see a lot of rabid Monkees fans declaring themselves members of Team Tork or Team Dolenz.’
      • ‘Are you Team Dog or Team Cat?’
      • ‘Fans wearing 'Team Cheryl' T-shirts delivered flowers to the star's home this weekend.’
      • ‘I'm going to see Twilight Eclipse this weekend - so excited! Go TEAM EDWARD!’
      • ‘The opening address of the MC for the evening asked the audience to align themselves with either "Team Edward" or " Team Jacob".’
      • ‘Team Firth all the way!’
      • ‘When Brad Pitt left Jennifer Aniston and later set up home with Angelina Jolie, women across the U.S. wore T-shirts declaring them members of 'Team Aniston' or 'Team Jolie'.’
      • ‘So Team Dimitri Or Team Adrian? Personally I'm Team Christian!’
    3. 1.3Two or more animals, especially horses, harnessed together to pull a vehicle.
      • ‘Two teams of horses pulled each wagon and each driver had a crossbow rider with him.’
      • ‘I don't know about you, but I'm not about to trade in my minivan for a buggy and a team of horses any time soon.’
      • ‘Four months later he brought a team of horses to the Festival and landed the new juvenile handicap hurdle with Dabiroun.’
      • ‘Once pursed, the entire seine then had to be hauled ashore by teams of men and horses.’
      • ‘Throughout the war years hay was cut and raked with horse teams pulling the equipment.’
      • ‘The CFD was also fully mobilized using fire wagons pulled by horse teams.’
      • ‘Celebration was order of the day for Clare Chappelhow and her team of horses at Blackdyke.’
      • ‘The rigid collar and tandem harness allowed teams to pull with equal strength and greater efficiency.’
      • ‘The latter seating four adults plus the driver and was pulled by a team of horses.’
      • ‘He jiggled the reigns and clucked at his team of midnight-black horses.’
      • ‘His team pulled the sled deep into the night, Jason shouting orders left and right while he stood on the runners at the back of the sled.’
      • ‘It must have seemed strange driving a team of horses pushing a machine from behind, but I suppose they soon got used to it.’
      • ‘That shadow passing in front of the moon, was that a team of reindeer pulling a sleigh through the sky?’
      • ‘He used an old steam boiler, filled with rocks, which was pulled by a horse or bullock team.’
      • ‘Before examining groups and teams in animal societies, it is important to understand both the nature of work and tasks.’
      • ‘Snow and dirt fly from the horses' hooves as teams of horses rocket down a frozen, snow-covered track.’
      • ‘Who would have thought that not even two teams of the strongest horses would be able to pull apart hemispheres enclosing a near vacuum?’
      • ‘Romon called over his shoulder as he clucked the team of horses into motion.’
      • ‘It was also reckoned to take three years to train the teams of men and horses effectively.’
      • ‘In winter, teams of horses dragged sledges loaded with cut logs across frozen lakes.’
      pair, span, yoke, duo, set, rig, tandem
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  • 1[no object] Come together as a team to achieve a common goal.

    ‘he teamed up with the band to produce the album’
    • ‘Combining music and theater the NSO teamed up with If Kids Theater Company, turning a flute concerto into a fairy tale fantasy.’
    • ‘Victim Support in West Yorkshire has teamed up with the force's Major Crime Unit for the Street Crime Project.’
    • ‘Nassau County police teamed up with federal immigration agents to make these arrests.’
    • ‘The Consumer Federation of America has teamed up with the Ford Foundation to help teach families how to save.’
    • ‘And to promote the message the force has teamed up with furniture giant IKEA which is offering free timer switches to students.’
    • ‘In July 1965 John and Rod teamed up with Brian Auger and his band, plus singer Julie Driscoll, to form The Steam Packet.’
    • ‘Though very good as individuals, they never achieved true greatness until one teamed up with the other.’
    • ‘The children's charity has teamed up with the Federation of Small Businesses and the British Chamber of Commerce to promote family friendly workplaces.’
    • ‘By 1803, he had teamed up with Robert Emmet and together they planned another insurrection.’
    • ‘Weber teamed up with the Lutzes to put the story together.’
    • ‘Tri said the Army had teamed up with the Navy and Air Force to conduct regular operations against smuggling on Sumatra.’
    • ‘Dustin joined and teamed up with Jeremy and Christon, as the headed towards Salt Sands.’
    • ‘He has recently teamed up with former band member Stewart Bowman for the first time in 30 years and completed a CD which will be sold for charity.’
    • ‘They quickly touched on how much they had in common and agreed to team up.’
    • ‘Following a run of five pantomimes at that time, Austin Flood, who had played the dame in those shows, went off to join the army, and Joe then teamed up with Tom Palmer.’
    • ‘The 60-strong choir has this time teamed up with the renowned Hepworth Brass Band which will set up in Holmfirth in 1882.’
    • ‘His dad played in the Country Band and Brendan joined them as a teenager and then later teamed up with the Kieran Kelly's Ceili Band along with his old school pal Johnny Dawson.’
    • ‘This year, Shimano has teamed up with the League to promote the event, offering free commuter kits in fourteen selected cities.’
    • ‘Limerick's Tim Rice teamed up with Ballard early in 2004 and was so impressed that he passed on his impressions to another aspiring Irishman.’
    • ‘He and Wazzock have decided to team up with the common goal of inflicting some misery on the troubled teenager.’
    join forces, collaborate, get together, come together, band together, work together
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  • 2[with object] Match or coordinate a garment with (another)

    ‘a pinstripe suit teamed with a crisp white shirt’
    • ‘Cosmo tells us the safe way to wear animal print is to team a leopard print top with black pants and stilettos.’
    • ‘At Prada, Miuccia Prada teamed her narrow suits with a tie into a leu in a bit of East-meets-West kind of gimmickry.’
    • ‘The orange trouser suit was teamed with her trademark saucy shoes: embellished pointy ankle boots.’
    match, coordinate, complement, pair up
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  • 3[with object] Harness (animals, especially horses) together to pull a vehicle.

    ‘the horses are teamed in pairs’
    • ‘The horses are teamed in pairs, the drivers mounted on the near horses.’
    harness, yoke, saddle, bridle, hitch up, couple
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  • take one for the team

    • informal Willingly undertake an unpleasant task or make a personal sacrifice for the collective benefit of one's friends or colleagues.

      ‘I took one for the team by naming myself the designated driver’
      • ‘Learning of her father's desperate finances, she decides to take one for the team and marry Roger.’
      • ‘You've got to take one for the team sometimes.’
      • ‘If public workers are willing to take one for the team, so to speak, they'll garner considerably more goodwill.’
      • ‘It's all about working together and personal sacrifice, taking one for the team.’
      • ‘He's not happy with the pay freeze, but he's willing to take one for the team.’
      • ‘Sometimes you have to take one for the team, especially when your team is the Human Race.’
      • ‘There's a difference between taking one for the team and being the fall guy.’
      • ‘There is a balance between striking out as an individual and taking one for the team.’
      • ‘Someday soon I hope we won't have to make that kind of choice, but for now, in the interest of improving visibility for women overall, we should be more than willing to take this one for the team.’
      • ‘Props to Tony for taking one for the team.’


Old English tēam team of draft animals of Germanic origin; related to German Zaum bridle also to teem and tow, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin ducere to lead.