- Altogether is defined as something that encompasses everyone or everything or something that is total and complete.
Being utterly miserable is an example of being altogether miserable.
altogether definition by Webster's New World
- wholly; completely: not altogether wrong
- in all; all being counted: he wrote six books altogether
- everything being considered; on the whole: altogether a great success
Origin: Middle English altogedere: see all and amp; together
altogether definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Entirely; completely; utterly: lost the TV picture altogether; an altogether new approach.
- With all included or counted; all told: There were altogether 20 people at the dinner.
- On the whole; with everything considered: Altogether, I'm sorry it happened.
Origin: Middle English al togeder : al, all; see all + togeder, together; see together.Usage Note: Altogether and all together do not mean the same thing. We use all together to indicate that the members of a group perform or undergo an action collectively: The nations stood all together. The prisoners were herded all together. All together is used only in sentences that can be rephrased so that all and together may be separated by other words: The books lay all together in a heap. All the books lay together in a heap.
altogether - Phrases/Idioms
in the altogether