together

Definitions

General English

  • adverb doing something with someone else or in a group
  • adverb joined with something else or with each other

Slang

  • adjective in control of oneself, well organised, adjusted, collected. Derived from the phrase get it together, this became a catchword of the late 1960s and early 1970s, designating an approved state of self-possession, inner harmony, etc.; the antonym was untogether. The usage is now dated.

Origin & History of “together”

The etymological notion underlying together is of ‘gathering’ things into one group. It was formed from the preposition to and the element *gad- denoting ‘association, company’, which also lies behind gather.
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