Definition of together in English:

together

adverb

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

    ‘together they climbed the dark stairs’
    ‘they stood together in the kitchen’
    • ‘We stood together in our coffee break spot by the kitchen door, regarding him, thoughtfully.’
    • ‘The two of them stood together at a news conference and said there was no case.’
    • ‘Almost two thousand years ago, a small group of believers met together and took a stand.’
    • ‘A group of schoolgirls wearing CND badges stood together in the square waiting for the action to begin.’
    • ‘At the first sign of trouble, all householders came out of their homes and stood together to confront the yobs.’
    • ‘There is something about the way they stand together and watch each other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We stand together on the thick, featureless snow that blankets the ice covering the water.’
    • ‘We can't stand to be squished together as if we were in the back seat of a tiny car or living in England.’
    • ‘It turned out they were just two South Africans who happened to be standing in the queue together.’
    • ‘They shared a quiet moment together before Tara stood up and turned to Rob.’
    • ‘They walked over to the baggage claim together and stood waiting for their luggage.’
    • ‘They stood there together for a good few minutes before he finally let go.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There we stood huddled together amid a jeering crowd in a remote bus station.’
    • ‘It is not allowed for more than three to stand together, otherwise it is regarded as an illicit meeting.’
    • ‘You find them out on the course following their favourites, or huddled together on the rain-trap stands.’
    • ‘They stood together on the edge of the platform and looked out on the green summer day.’
    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. 1.1So as to touch or combine.
      ‘she held her hands together as if she was praying’
      ‘mix together the soya sauce and sesame oil’
      • ‘When you have all your wood cut and nailed together, use a level to make sure everything is even.’
      • ‘In a small bowl, combine together the grated beetroot, orange zest, vodka and dill, then press all over the salmon.’
      • ‘In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper together until combined.’
      • ‘They touched hands together to make a triangle and the winds began to blow harder.’
      • ‘He placed the palms of his hands together and touched his forehead with his thumbs.’
      • ‘This dressing is simply made by combining all ingredients together until sugar is dissolved.’
      • ‘Combine everything together in a bowl and form into about 16 little balls.’
      • ‘Add remaining chicken slices to salad ingredients and toss together to combine.’
      • ‘Add the sauce, Parmesan cheese and tear the basil over the top and combine together.’
      • ‘He knelt down with his palms together and touched the feet of the statue with his forehead.’
      • ‘Place yoghurt in a bowl, add cucumber, mint, honey and salt and mix together.’
      • ‘To remove mildew stains from Venetian blinds, mix together some fine emery powder and linseed oil.’
      • ‘Mix together the flour and bicarbonate of soda then beat into the spicy butter mixture, adding enough milk to make a smooth dough.’
      • ‘Mix together the soy, sugar, a tablespoon of oil and half a tablespoon of fish sauce, then pour over the beef, coating well.’
      • ‘Mix together sugar and ground almonds, and add enough beaten egg to give a soft consistency.’
      • ‘Add the rice and mix together well, until all of the grains are coated.’
      • ‘Mix together the pork mince, rice, herbs and paprika in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.’
      • ‘Chop the mint for the dressing, and mix together the yogurt with water and lemon, and the mint.’
      • ‘When all ingredients have been mixed together, shape it into small cones and allow to dry.’
      • ‘He clapped his hands together and stood, looking out into space from the large window in his office.’
    2. 1.2In combination; collectively.
      ‘taken together, these measures would significantly improve people's chances of surviving a coach crash’
      • ‘All these fairytales came together - like a combination of fantasy and fear.’
      • ‘Somehow this combination goes together to create something which can pass as cool.’
      • ‘These are designed to work together in any combination in almost any room in the house.’
      • ‘These can then be yoked together in exotic combinations, rather like accumulator bets.’
      • ‘So now you have a combination of things coming together, flooding and the mix of pollutants.’
      • ‘Tests were performed both for every pair of species and for all five species together.’
      • ‘The measures have been put together by a consortium of local authorities north and south of the river.’
      • ‘It's part of a special package of measures being put together by transport chiefs for Christmas and New Year.’
      • ‘Attacks can be triggered by many factors, often a combination which can be tolerated individually but not together.’
      • ‘Now scientists are putting together information on how the species may have disappeared.’
      • ‘A new combination of technologies has been put together to create the refinery.’
      • ‘The key to success in the game is in finding a combination of skills that work well together.’
      • ‘So winning the championship, it's a case of putting all of those things together.’
      • ‘There is nowhere else in the world where so many species of palms can be seen growing together in one place.’
      • ‘There are six species of spider monkey, which together form the genera Ateles.’
      • ‘His films tend to have similar concerns and stand together as a body of work.’
      • ‘The jacket and shoes also look great together, combined with a T-shirt and a pair of chinos or cargoes.’
      • ‘When you couple all this together then you can see how this Stradbally team will be so hard to beat.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘But my wife Elaine has been fantastic and I suppose the only good thing is that it has brought us closer together.’
    • ‘We were always close, but this has brought us even closer together.’
    • ‘You brought everyone closer together, something we haven't been able to accomplish ourselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In March, we heard how Bob and Sue were brought even closer together as they tackled cancer head on.’
    • ‘He says the tragedy will only serve to bring the two populations closer together.’
    • ‘She said the tragedy had brought the tight-knit community even closer together.’
    • ‘One said that he had a desire to try to bring the Muslim and Christian worlds closer together.’
    • ‘He was married to the Spanish Infanta - thus bringing both houses of the Habsburgs even closer together.’
    • ‘What brought France and America so close together at the time was their mutual struggle against Great Britain.’
    • ‘By touring the work, has that brought some of the film-makers closer together?’
    • ‘These schemes of working closer together are imposed from above, and are not what many grass-roots people want.’
    • ‘Their lives run parallel through much of the book until circumstances draw them closer together.’
    • ‘I have read of families who grew closer together when something like this happened but we all grieved in our own separate ways.’
    • ‘So far as I can see, the old classes, working, middle and upper, are drawing ever closer together culturally.’
    • ‘Europeans should stick closer together, one way or the other.’
    • ‘Globalisation in its classic sense means the historical process by which the world moves ever closer together.’
    • ‘Since the June summit, the two Koreas have seemed to be moving closer together.’
    • ‘Globalization means that the disparate parts of the world are coming closer together.’
    1. 2.1(of a couple) married or in a sexual relationship.
      ‘they split up after ten years together’
      • ‘Anyway, two weeks ago the couple got back together and were spotted out shopping in London.’
      • ‘His grandmother also claimed the couple would get back together.’
      • ‘The couple who have been together for 13 months, were distraught and confused as it seemed no one could help them.’
      • ‘The couple had been together for five years and each had two grown-up children from previous relationships.’
      • ‘The couple had been together 10 years and had five children, aged between seven and 14.’
      • ‘Relatives and friends will always try to persuade the quarreling couple to remain together.’
      • ‘Sometimes that change becomes so substantial that the couple can't stay together.’
      • ‘People I have spoken to about this always got married intending to stay together for the long haul.’
      • ‘Even had the boy and girl got it together I think it is statistically unlikely that the couple would be together in five 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.’
      • ‘We have Elizabeth and David, a couple who have been together for 20 turbulent years.’
      • ‘In spite of the attack, the couple are still together and have now been allowed to live under the same roof.’
      • ‘The couple stayed together for eight months until the summer break arrived.’
      • ‘Wakes, defending, said the couple had been together for three years.’
      • ‘The couple have been together for six years and there's a warmth, connection and humour between them.’
      • ‘My boyfriend is a wonderful person, and we've been together for a couple of years now.’
      • ‘After eight years together, the couple had recently been talking about getting married.’
      • ‘The couple have been together for more than five years and plan to wed either this summer or at Christmas.’
      • ‘The couple had been together three years before they got engaged last September.’
    2. 2.2So as to be in agreement.
      ‘he won the confidence of the government and the rebels, but could not bring the 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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3At the same time.

    ‘they both spoke together’
    • ‘We chuckled together as she stood and reached up to the top shelf of a grand bookcase in the corner.’
    • ‘Each wave was timed to touch down together and they were arranged so that a military unit was landed in the correct tactical order.’
    • ‘But how would you make the 16 rolls of paper turn at the same instant and continue together?’
    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’
    • ‘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 can be seen lost in this posture for hours together, a picture of concentration.’
    • ‘The same peony can be topped up with water and cups of tea brewed for hours together.’
    • ‘He had the enormous concentration level to sit for hours together to bring out a drawing.’
    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 looks a very together young woman’
    • ‘And you've always struck me as a very together sort of person.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Ms Rowe said parishioners took along a variety of dogs together with cats and a few pet rabbits.’
      • ‘This Bill, together with the Act, will mark a fundamental reform of land law in Scotland.’
      • ‘Every pupil took their turn at ringing the bell, together with staff and old friends of the school.’
      • ‘They were then composted together with other green waste at the council's compost site.’
      • ‘A balanced diet together with a gentle daily or weekly exercise regime can work miracles.’
      • ‘It will be an occasion when his composure, together with that of his captain, comes into its own.’
      • ‘The prestigious location together with the guaranteed rental income clinched it.’
      • ‘Then, when proofs come in, she circulates this document, together with the new pdf.’
      • ‘One of the older girls had made tea, and now she brought this in, together with the rich fruit cake on a plate.’
      • ‘They arrived as expected together with a portion of chips and a salad garnish.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

together

/təˈɡɛðə/