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[teem-wurk] /ˈtimˌwɜrk/
cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.
work done with a team.
Origin of teamwork
1820-30; team + work Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • No two better officials ever worked together and there is as much necessity for team work in officiating as there is in playing.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Now, an essential feature of the work in this firm is team work.

    A Rational Wages System Henry Atkinson
  • In all of the athletics of their three years in school they had been taught the value of team work and coperation.

    The Upward Path Various
  • There is no game in which team work is more important than in football.

    Outdoor Sports and Games Claude H. Miller
  • In the language of sport, you are suffering from a lack of mental "team work."

  • The team work leadership model is sometimes the most useful.

  • It was necessary, however, to watch for the sentry outside and here was where the team work came in.

    Tom Slade on a Transport Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • team work on the field is made much easier if there is team work off the field.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
  • Special ability, skill and team work are only acquired by long specialized practice.

  • But the archer must exercise caution in this team work in the brush.

British Dictionary definitions for team work


the cooperative work done by a team
the ability to work efficiently as a team
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for team work



1828 in the literal sense, from team (n.) + work (n.). Attested by 1909 in the extended sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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