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[awl-tuh-geth -er, awl-tuh-geth-er] /ˌɔl təˈgɛð ər, ˈɔl təˌgɛð ər/
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.
Origin of altogether
1125-75; variant of Middle English altogeder. See all, together
1. utterly, totally, absolutely.
Usage note
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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  • There will be talk of the country ditching the euro altogether.
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  • Other administrators note that some of their graduates are skipping postdocs altogether.
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British Dictionary definitions for altogether


/ˌɔːltəˈɡɛðə; ˈɔːltəˌɡɛðə/
with everything included: altogether he owed me sixty pounds
completely; utterly; totally: he was altogether mad
on the whole: altogether it was a very good party
(informal) in the altogether, naked
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Word Origin and History for altogether

early 13c., 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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