- al|to|geth|er1 W3S2 [ˌo:ltəˈgeðə US ˌo:ltəˈgeðər] adv[Date: 1100-1200; Origin: all 'everything, everyone' + together]1.) used to emphasize that something has been done completely or has finished completely▪ an old custom that has vanished altogether▪ Congress could ban the procession altogether.2.) [+adjective/adverb]used to emphasize that the way you describe something is completely true▪ In Canada, the situation is altogether different.▪ This latest problem is altogether more serious.not altogether(=not completely)▪ I wasn't altogether happy about Mike staying over.▪ The results were not altogether surprising.3.) used to show that you are referring to the total amount▪ There were five people altogether.▪ How much do I owe you altogether?4.) used to make a final statement about several things you have just mentioned= ↑all in all▪ Lots of sunshine, wonderful food, and amazing nightlife - altogether a great vacation!altogether 2altogether2 nin the altogethernot wearing any clothes - used humorously▪ Several of the men were parading around in the altogether.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.