Definition of together in US English:

together

adverb

  • 1With or in proximity to another person or people.

    ‘together they climbed the dark stairs’
    ‘they stood together in the kitchen’
    • ‘There is something about the way they stand together and watch each other.’
    • ‘A group of schoolgirls wearing CND badges stood together in the square waiting for the action to begin.’
    • ‘We can't stand to be squished together as if we were in the back seat of a tiny car or living in England.’
    • ‘They walked over to the baggage claim together and stood waiting for their luggage.’
    • ‘We stand together on the thick, featureless snow that blankets the ice covering the water.’
    • ‘At the first sign of trouble, all householders came out of their homes and stood together to confront the yobs.’
    • ‘She switches on the light and they stand clustered together in the doorway for a moment.’
    • ‘We all gathered together and stood near the door of the back yard.’
    • ‘Almost two thousand years ago, a small group of believers met together and took a stand.’
    • ‘It is not allowed for more than three to stand together, otherwise it is regarded as an illicit meeting.’
    • ‘They stood there together for a good few minutes before he finally let go.’
    • ‘It turned out they were just two South Africans who happened to be standing in the queue together.’
    • ‘There we stood huddled together amid a jeering crowd in a remote bus station.’
    • ‘We stood together in our coffee break spot by the kitchen door, regarding him, thoughtfully.’
    • ‘They shared a quiet moment together before Tara stood up and turned to Rob.’
    • ‘The only reason he shot the supervisor was because he saw two policemen standing together talking.’
    • ‘They stood on the steps together in familiar surroundings underneath the railway arches.’
    • ‘They stood together on the edge of the platform and looked out on the green summer day.’
    • ‘The two of them stood together at a news conference and said there was no case.’
    • ‘You find them out on the course following their favourites, or huddled together on the rain-trap stands.’
    with each other, in conjunction, jointly, conjointly, in cooperation, cooperatively, in collaboration, in partnership, in combination, as one, in unison, in concert, concertedly, with one accord, in league, in alliance, in collusion, side by side, hand in hand, hand in glove, shoulder to shoulder, cheek by jowl
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    1. 1.1 So as to touch or combine.
      ‘she held her hands together as if she were praying’
      ‘pieces of wood nailed together’
      • ‘He clapped his hands together and stood, looking out into space from the large window in his office.’
      • ‘Mix together the flour and bicarbonate of soda then beat into the spicy butter mixture, adding enough milk to make a smooth dough.’
      • ‘To remove mildew stains from Venetian blinds, mix together some fine emery powder and linseed oil.’
      • ‘When all ingredients have been mixed together, shape it into small cones and allow to dry.’
      • ‘Combine everything together in a bowl and form into about 16 little balls.’
      • ‘In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together until combined.’
      • ‘He knelt down with his palms together and touched the feet of the statue with his forehead.’
      • ‘Add the rice and mix together well, until all of the grains are coated.’
      • ‘This dressing is simply made by combining all ingredients together until sugar is dissolved.’
      • ‘Mix together the pork mince, rice, herbs and paprika in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.’
      • ‘When you have all your wood cut and nailed together, use a level to make sure everything is even.’
      • ‘Mix together sugar and ground almonds, and add enough beaten egg to give a soft consistency.’
      • ‘Mix together the soy, sugar, a tablespoon of oil and half a tablespoon of fish sauce, then pour over the beef, coating well.’
      • ‘In a small bowl, combine together the grated beetroot, orange zest, vodka and dill, then press all over the salmon.’
      • ‘They touched hands together to make a triangle and the winds began to blow harder.’
      • ‘Place yoghurt in a bowl, add cucumber, mint, honey and salt and mix together.’
      • ‘He placed the palms of his hands together and touched his forehead with his thumbs.’
      • ‘Add the sauce, Parmesan cheese and tear the basil over the top and combine together.’
      • ‘Chop the mint for the dressing, and mix together the yogurt with water and lemon, and the mint.’
      • ‘Add remaining chicken slices to salad ingredients and toss together to combine.’
    2. 1.2 In combination; collectively.
      ‘taken together, these measures would significantly improve people's chances of surviving a tornado’
      • ‘So winning the championship, it's a case of putting all of those things together.’
      • ‘It's part of a special package of measures being put together by transport chiefs for Christmas and New Year.’
      • ‘There are six species of spider monkey, which together form the genera Ateles.’
      • ‘These can then be yoked together in exotic combinations, rather like accumulator bets.’
      • ‘A new combination of technologies has been put together to create the refinery.’
      • ‘His films tend to have similar concerns and stand together as a body of work.’
      • ‘Somehow this combination goes together to create something which can pass as cool.’
      • ‘The jacket and shoes also look great together, combined with a T-shirt and a pair of chinos or cargoes.’
      • ‘Tests were performed both for every pair of species and for all five species together.’
      • ‘When you couple all this together then you can see how this Stradbally team will be so hard to beat.’
      • ‘Attacks can be triggered by many factors, often a combination which can be tolerated individually but not together.’
      • ‘All these fairytales came together - like a combination of fantasy and fear.’
      • ‘These are designed to work together in any combination in almost any room in the house.’
      • ‘Now scientists are putting together information on how the species may have disappeared.’
      • ‘The key to success in the game is in finding a combination of skills that work well together.’
      • ‘There is nowhere else in the world where so many species of palms can be seen growing together in one place.’
      • ‘The measures have been put together by a consortium of local authorities north and south of the river.’
      • ‘So now you have a combination of things coming together, flooding and the mix of pollutants.’
      • ‘When you put it all together with the hard work mentioned you have a fine production.’
  • 2Into companionship or close association.

    ‘the experience has brought us together’
    • ‘Globalisation in its classic sense means the historical process by which the world moves ever closer together.’
    • ‘He was married to the Spanish Infanta - thus bringing both houses of the Habsburgs even closer together.’
    • ‘You brought everyone closer together, something we haven't been able to accomplish ourselves.’
    • ‘What brought France and America so close together at the time was their mutual struggle against Great Britain.’
    • ‘Europeans should stick closer together, one way or the other.’
    • ‘She said the tragedy had brought the tight-knit community even closer together.’
    • ‘Their lives run parallel through much of the book until circumstances draw them closer together.’
    • ‘One said that he had a desire to try to bring the Muslim and Christian worlds closer together.’
    • ‘We were always close, but this has brought us even closer together.’
    • ‘By touring the work, has that brought some of the film-makers closer together?’
    • ‘But my wife Elaine has been fantastic and I suppose the only good thing is that it has brought us closer together.’
    • ‘So far as I can see, the old classes, working, middle and upper, are drawing ever closer together culturally.’
    • ‘He says the tragedy will only serve to bring the two populations closer together.’
    • ‘These schemes of working closer together are imposed from above, and are not what many grass-roots people want.’
    • ‘Since the June summit, the two Koreas have seemed to be moving closer together.’
    • ‘Instead of demoralizing a people, you have brought them closer together.’
    • ‘He believed that making the team live in a forest to bring them closer together would get them through.’
    • ‘I have read of families who grew closer together when something like this happened but we all grieved in our own separate ways.’
    • ‘In March, we heard how Bob and Sue were brought even closer together as they tackled cancer head on.’
    • ‘Globalization means that the disparate parts of the world are coming closer together.’
    1. 2.1 (of two people) married or in a sexual relationship with each other.
      ‘they split up after ten years together’
      • ‘The couple had been together 10 years and had five children, aged between seven and 14.’
      • ‘The couple had been together three years before they got engaged last September.’
      • ‘The couple have been together for six years and there's a warmth, connection and humour between them.’
      • ‘The couple stayed together for eight months until the summer break arrived.’
      • ‘In spite of the attack, the couple are still together and have now been allowed to live under the same roof.’
      • ‘People I have spoken to about this always got married intending to stay together for the long haul.’
      • ‘The couple had been together for five years and each had two grown-up children from previous relationships.’
      • ‘Wakes, defending, said the couple had been together for three years.’
      • ‘I met her at college when I was 17, and we were together for a couple of years.’
      • ‘The couple have been together seven years and married in October last year after patching up their differences.’
      • ‘Even had the boy and girl got it together I think it is statistically unlikely that the couple would be together in five years.’
      • ‘After eight years together, the couple had recently been talking about getting married.’
      • ‘Sometimes that change becomes so substantial that the couple can't stay together.’
      • ‘The couple have been together for more than five years and plan to wed either this summer or at Christmas.’
      • ‘We have Elizabeth and David, a couple who have been together for 20 turbulent years.’
      • ‘The couple who have been together for 13 months, were distraught and confused as it seemed no one could help them.’
      • ‘Relatives and friends will always try to persuade the quarreling couple to remain together.’
      • ‘Anyway, two weeks ago the couple got back together and were spotted out shopping in London.’
      • ‘My boyfriend is a wonderful person, and we've been together for a couple of years now.’
      • ‘His grandmother also claimed the couple would get back together.’
    2. 2.2 So as to be united or in agreement.
      ‘he won the confidence of the government and the rebels, but could not bring the two sides together’
      • ‘It is time for the voices on all sides to come together and realise that this peace is just too precious to give away.’
      • ‘You have not done the cajoling and nudging that might push these two sides together.’
      • ‘This conflict has lasted at least 50 years and in that time, in a strange way, the sides have grown together.’
      • ‘Both sides should come together, give a little on each way for the good of all of us.’
  • 3At the same time.

    ‘they both spoke together’
    • ‘But how would you make the 16 rolls of paper turn at the same instant and continue together?’
    • ‘Each wave was timed to touch down together and they were arranged so that a military unit was landed in the correct tactical order.’
    • ‘We chuckled together as she stood and reached up to the top shelf of a grand bookcase in the corner.’
    simultaneously, at the same time, at the same instant, at the same moment, all together, as a group, at once, at one and the same time, at one time, concurrently, concomitantly, alongside each other, in unison, in concert, in chorus
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  • 4Without interruption; continuously.

    ‘she sits for hours together in the lotus position’
    • ‘He can be seen lost in this posture for hours together, a picture of concentration.’
    • ‘We used to sit for hours together when we were fifteen listening again and again to his two Billie Holiday records.’
    • ‘In both these districts, the cord is sometimes not cut for hours together.’
    • ‘Speakers go about their oratory for hours together earning the wrath of the listeners.’
    • ‘He had the enormous concentration level to sit for hours together to bring out a drawing.’
    • ‘The same peony can be topped up with water and cups of tea brewed for hours together.’
    in succession, in a row, at a time, successively, consecutively, running, straight, on end, one after the other, continuously, without a break, without interruption
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adjective

informal
  • Self-confident, level-headed, or well organized.

    ‘she seems a very together young woman’
    • ‘Frank is a very tough, very intelligent, very together guy.’
    • ‘Elaine is a very together businesswoman and she's made a career for herself finding jobs for celebrities.’
    • ‘And you've always struck me as a very together sort of person.’
    level-headed, well balanced, well adjusted, balanced, sensible, practical, realistic, with one's feet on the ground, prudent, circumspect, pragmatic, wise, reasonable, rational, mature, stable, sane, even-tempered, commonsensical, full of common sense, judicious, sound, sober, businesslike, reliable, dependable
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Phrases

  • together with

    • As well as; along with.

      ‘their meal arrived, together with a carafe of red wine’
      • ‘They were then composted together with other green waste at the council's compost site.’
      • ‘They arrived as expected together with a portion of chips and a salad garnish.’
      • ‘Ms Rowe said parishioners took along a variety of dogs together with cats and a few pet rabbits.’
      • ‘One of the older girls had made tea, and now she brought this in, together with the rich fruit cake on a plate.’
      • ‘A balanced diet together with a gentle daily or weekly exercise regime can work miracles.’
      • ‘Every pupil took their turn at ringing the bell, together with staff and old friends of the school.’
      • ‘Then, when proofs come in, she circulates this document, together with the new pdf.’
      • ‘The prestigious location together with the guaranteed rental income clinched it.’
      • ‘It will be an occasion when his composure, together with that of his captain, comes into its own.’
      • ‘This Bill, together with the Act, will mark a fundamental reform of land law in Scotland.’
      together with, in addition to, along with, besides, plus, and, coupled with, with, over and above, on top of, over and beyond, not to mention, to say nothing of, let alone
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Origin

Old English tōgædere, based on the preposition to + a West Germanic word related to gather. The adjective dates from the 1960s.

Pronunciation

together

/təˈɡeT͟Hər//təˈɡɛðər/