1) ADV: ADV after v (emphasis) You use altogether to emphasize that something has stopped, been done, or finished completely.

When Artie stopped calling altogether, Julie found a new man...

His tour may have to be cancelled altogether...

Clinical test results are certainly encouraging - 10 per cent of wrinkles disappear altogether.

2) ADV: ADV adj/adv (emphasis) You use altogether in front of an adjective or adverb to emphasize a quality that someone or something has.

The choice of language is altogether different...

Today's celebrations have been altogether more sedate...

This wine has an altogether stronger, more pronounced flavour than their other white wines.

3) ADV: with neg, ADV group You use altogether to modify a negative statement and make it less forceful.

We were not altogether sure that the comet would miss the Earth...

The fashion business, he claims, not altogether convincingly, is more real than the film business...

`I'm not altogether a fool,' she said gruffly.

4) ADV: ADV with cl You can use altogether to introduce a summary of what you have been saying.

Altogether, it was a delightful town garden, peaceful and secluded.

5) ADV: ADV with amount If several amounts add up to a particular amount altogether, that amount is their total.

Britain has a dozen warships in the area, with a total of five thousand military personnel altogether...

Altogether seven inmates escaped by scaling a wall and climbing down scaffolding.

in total

English dictionary. 2008.