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[teem] /tim/
a number of persons forming one of the sides in a game or contest:
a football team.
a number of persons associated in some joint action:
a team of advisers.
two or more horses, oxen, or other animals harnessed together to draw a vehicle, plow, or the like.
one or more draft animals together with the harness and vehicle drawn.
a family of young animals, especially ducks or pigs.
Obsolete. offspring or progeny; lineage or stock.
verb (used with object)
to join together in a team.
Chiefly Northern U.S. Older Use. to convey or transport by means of a team; haul.
verb (used without object)
to drive a team.
to gather or join in a team, a band, or a cooperative effort (usually followed by up, together, etc.).
of, relating to, or performed by a team:
a team sport; team effort.
before 900; Middle English teme (noun), Old English tēam child-bearing, brood, offspring, set of draft beasts; cognate with Dutch toom bridle, reins, German Zaum, Old Norse taumr
Related forms
interteam, adjective
underteamed, adjective
unteamed, adjective
10. combine, unite, ally, merge.
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Examples from the web for teams
  • Men work in teams but with less role distinction than in a corrida.
  • Coyotes will commonly work in teams when hunting large ungulates such as deer.
  • The yeoman is also the mascot for the oberlin college athletic teams.
  • Baseball teams, but there is no evidence that this ever actually happened.
  • Both national teams have very lowly world rankings for their particular sports.
  • And a still larger number played in the minor leagues and on amateur teams as well.
  • Players jumped from team to team and teams played in armories and smoky dance halls.
  • The venue is available both to swimming teams and also to the public.
  • The teams alternate until each team member has had an opportunity to pantomime.
  • Thus all matches where played at the teams respective home venues.
British Dictionary definitions for teams


noun (sometimes functioning as pl)
a group of people organized to work together
a group of players forming one of the sides in a sporting contest
two or more animals working together to pull a vehicle or agricultural implement
such animals and the vehicle: the coachman riding his team
(dialect) a flock, herd, or brood
(obsolete) ancestry
when intr, often foll by up. to make or cause to make a team: he teamed George with Robert
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to drag or transport in or by a team
(intransitive) (US & Canadian) to drive a team
Word Origin
Old English team offspring; related to Old Frisian tām bridle, Old Norse taumr chain yoking animals together, Old High German zoum bridle
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Word Origin and History for teams



Old English team "set of draft animals yoked together," from Proto-Germanic *taumaz (cf. Old Norse taumr, Old Frisian tam, Dutch toom, Old High German zoum, German Zaum "bridle"), probably literally "that which draws," from *taugmaz "action of drawing," from series *taukh-, *tukh-, *tug-, represented by Old English togian "to pull, drag" (see tow), from PIE *deuk- "pull" (related to Latin ducere "to lead;" see duke (n.)). Applied to people in Old English, especially "group of people acting together to bring suit." Team spirit is recorded from 1928. Team player attested from 1886, originally in baseball.


1550s, "to harness beasts in a team," from team (n.). The meaning "to come together as a team" (usually with up) is attested from 1932. Related: Teamed; teaming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for teams

tea head

noun phrase

A habitual user of marijuana (1953+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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