[awl-tuh-geth-er, awl-tuh-geth-er]
wholly; entirely; completely; quite: altogether fitting.
with all or everything included: The debt amounted altogether to twenty dollars.
with everything considered; on the whole: Altogether, I'm glad it's over.
in the altogether, Informal. nude: When the phone rang she had just stepped out of the bathtub and was in the altogether.

1125–75; variant of Middle English altogeder. See all, together

1. utterly, totally, absolutely.

The forms altogether and all together, though often indistinguishable in speech, are distinct in meaning. The adverb altogether means “wholly, entirely, completely”: an altogether confused scene. The phrase all together means “in a group”: The children were all together in the kitchen. This all can be omitted without seriously affecting the meaning: The children were together in the kitchen. Unabridged
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altogether (ˌɔːltəˈɡɛðə, ˈɔːltəˌɡɛðə)
1.  with everything included: altogether he owed me sixty pounds
2.  completely; utterly; totally: he was altogether mad
3.  on the whole: altogether it was a very good party
4.  informal in the altogether naked

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Word Origin & History

M.E. altogedere, a strengthened form of all (also see together); used in the sense of "a whole" from 1660s. The altogether "nude" is from 1894.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
We ought to be asking a different question altogether.
It may even result in a breakthrough that replaces oil altogether.
Eventually they become so unique that they're different species altogether.
It's another thing altogether to say they might be making us better athletes.
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