Meaning of “altogether” in the English Dictionary

"altogether" in British English

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altogetheradverb

uk /ˌɔːl.təˈɡeð.ər/ us /ˌɑːl.təˈɡeð.ɚ/

B1 in total:

That'll be $52.50 altogether, please.

B2 completely:

The government ought to abolish the tax altogether.
She wrote less and less often, and eventually she stopped altogether.
It's all right working with him, but living with him would be a different matter altogether.
I'm not altogether sure I want that (= I have doubts about it).
I think Graham will agree, but convincing Mary will be altogether more (= much more) difficult.

B2 considering everything:

He's bad-tempered, selfish, and altogether an unpleasant man.

More examples

  • The best option would be to cancel the trip altogether.
  • The new systems cut humans out of the picture altogether.
  • The first casualty of the reorganization will be the bus service, which will be stopped altogether.
  • Talking about the world's problems is one thing, but solving them is another matter altogether.
  • Cars are useful, but their impact on the environment is another matter altogether.

altogethernoun [ S ]

uk /ˌɔːl.təˈɡeð.ər/ us /ˌɑːl.təˈɡeð.ɚ/

(Definition of “altogether” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"altogether" in American English

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altogetheradverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˌɔl·təˈɡeð·ər, ˈɔl·təˌɡeð·ər/

completely or in total:

The train slowed down and then stopped altogether.
He was altogether exhausted.
Altogether, she gave away some $60 million in her lifetime.

(Definition of “altogether” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)