DefinitionsIn addition to the uses shown below, together is used in phrasal verbs such as 'piece together', 'pull together', and 'sleep together'.
1. adverb [usu ADV after v]
If people do something together, they do it with each other. ⇒ We went on long bicycle rides together. ⇒ He and I worked together on a book. ⇒ They all live together in a three-bedroom house. ⇒ Together they swam to the ship.
2. adverb [ADV after v] If things are joined together, they are joined with each other so that they touch or form one whole. ⇒ Mix the ingredients together thoroughly. ⇒ She clasped her hands together on her lap. ⇒ If a window is broken, you can't stick it back together again. 3. adverb [ADV after v] If things or people are situated together, they are in the same place and very near to each other. ⇒ The trees grew close together. ⇒ Ginette and I gathered our things together. ⇒ People stood packed together tightly. 4. adverb [ADV after v]
If a group of people are held or kept together, they are united with each other in some way. ⇒ He has done enough to pull the party together. ⇒ I want us all to be a happy family together. ⇒ His tough brand of social democracy was largely successful in holding the country together.
Together is also an adjective. ⇒ We are together in the way we're looking at this situation. 5. adjective [v-link ADJ] [n ADJ] If two people are together, they are married or having a sexual relationship with each other. ⇒ We were together for five years. ⇒ Towards the end of our time together he was impossible. ⇒ Passion kept us together. 6. adverb [ADV after v] If two things happen or are done together, they happen or are done at the same time. ⇒ Three horses crossed the finish line together. ⇒ 'Yes,' they said together. 7. adverb [ADV before v] [n ADV] You use together when you are adding two or more amounts or things to each other in order to consider a total amount or effect. ⇒ The two main right-wing opposition parties together won 29.8 per cent. ⇒ The companies have together spent £600 million. ⇒ Together they account for less than five per cent of the population. ⇒ The two together are particularly deadly. 9. graded adjective & adjective If you describe someone as together, you admire them because they are very confident, organized, and know what they want. [informal, approval] ⇒ She was very headstrong, and very together. ⇒ I know on the surface I appear to be quite a together person. ⇒ I had to take a break for a cup of tea before I could really get myself together.
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