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[awl-tuh-geth-er, awl-tuh-geth-er]
Though they're both adverbs, altogether and all together have very different meanings. Altogether means "completely" or "entirely," synonymous with the phrase, "all things considered." The word is a variant of the Middle English altogeder, referring to "the whole." All together refers to a group of people or things that act collectively or at the same time, e.g. "Let's raise our glasses all together!"

adverb: altogether
  1. completely; totally.
    "I stopped seeing her altogether"
    utterly,quite, one hundred per cent, downright, unqualifiedly, in all respects,unconditionally, perfectly, unrestrictedly, consummately,
     undisputedly,unmitigatedly, wholeheartedly; 
    {lock, stock, and barrel},
     in toto
    at all,veryterribly
    "he wasn't altogether happy"
    • including everything or everyone; in total.
      "he had married several times and had forty-six children altogether"
      synonyms:in all, all told, in toto, taken together, in sum, counting them all
      "we have five offices altogether"
    • taking everything into consideration; on the whole.
      "altogether it was a great evening"
      synonyms:on the whole, overall, all in all, all things considered, taking everything into consideration/account, on balance, on average, for the most part,mostlymainly, in the main, in general, generally, generally speaking,largely, by and large, to a large extent, to a great degree
      "altogether it was a great evening"
Old English (see alltogether).

all together
phrase of all
  1. 1.
    all in one place or in a group; all at once.
    "they arrived all together"