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tote

play
transitive verb \ˈtōt\

Definition of tote

tot·edtot·ing

  1. 1 :  to carry by hand :  bear on the person :  lug, pack

  2. 2 :  haul, convey

tot·er play \ˈtō-tər\ noun


Origin of tote

probably from an English-based creole; akin to Gullah & Krio tot to carry, of Bantu origin; akin to Kikongo -tota to pick up, Kimbundu -tuta to carry


First Known Use: 1677


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tote

noun

Definition of tote

  1. 1 :  burden, load

  2. 2 :  tote bag



Circa 1772

First Known Use of tote

circa 1772


3

tote

transitive verb

Definition of tote

tot·edtot·ing

  1. :  add, total —usually used with up <toted up his accomplishments — G. P. Morrill>



Origin of tote

English dialect tote, noun, total


First Known Use: 1888


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tote

noun

Definition of tote



Origin of tote

short for totalizator


First Known Use: 1891



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