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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.
Contemporary Examples

altogether, it had taken two years from first big push to last.
What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers Nik Cohn February 8, 2014

altogether, more than 5,000 energy-related companies call Houston home.
Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay Joel Kotkin October 4, 2014

But as funny as some of these episodes are, they ultimately feel like something imported from an altogether different novel.
Great Weekend Reads The Daily Beast February 11, 2011

The rivalry between them has grown so bitter, that Abbas stopped traveling to Gaza altogether.
Palestinian Peace Deal Explained: 5 Key Points Dan Ephron April 27, 2011

After initially modifying the story, the MailOnline later scrubbed it altogether.
Hollywood vs. The Daily Mail: George Clooney and Angelina Jolie Take On The UK’s Leanest, Meanest Gossip Machine Lizzie Crocker, Lloyd Grove July 11, 2014

Historical Examples

All this is perfectly just, but it is also altogether beside the question.
Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics William Thomas Thornton

The natives met with were friendly, but to us altogether unintelligible.
Explorations in Australia John Forrest

We gave her a good run, although it was not altogether in the sun.
A Jolly Fellowship Frank R. Stockton

Perhaps the quiet of his boy had not been altogether the quiet of cowardice.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand

Not altogether; one will be pleasant to you, the other, perhaps, a little painful.
The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid

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

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.


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