aggregate

adjective
ag·​gre·​gate | \ ˈa-gri-gət How to pronounce aggregate (audio) \

Definition of aggregate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: formed by the collection of units or particles into a body, mass, or amount : collective: such as
a(1) : clustered in a dense mass or head an aggregate flower
(2) : formed from several separate ovaries of a single flower aggregate fruit
b : composed of mineral crystals of one or more kinds or of mineral rock fragments
c : taking all units as a whole aggregate sales

aggregate

verb
ag·​gre·​gate | \ ˈa-gri-ˌgāt How to pronounce aggregate (audio) \
aggregated; aggregating

Definition of aggregate (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to collect or gather into a mass or whole The census data were aggregated by gender.
2 : to amount to (a whole sum or total) : total audiences aggregating several million people

aggregate

noun
ag·​gre·​gate | \ ˈa-gri-gət How to pronounce aggregate (audio) \

Definition of aggregate (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a mass or body of units or parts somewhat loosely associated with one another Froth is an aggregate of tiny bubbles.
2 : the whole sum or amount : sum total spent an aggregate of 10 million dollars in advertising during the past three years
3a : a rock composed of mineral crystals of one or more kinds or of mineral rock fragments : an aggregate rock
b : any of several hard inert materials (such as sand, gravel, or slag) used for mixing with a cementing material to form concrete, mortar, or plaster
c : a clustered mass of individual soil particles varied in shape, ranging in size from a microscopic granule to a small crumb, and considered the basic structural unit of soil
in the aggregate
: considered as a whole : collectively Dividends for the year amounted in the aggregate to 25 million dollars.

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Other Words from aggregate

Adjective

aggregately adverb
aggregateness noun

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Noun

We added "aggregate" to our flock of Latin borrowings in the 15th century. It descends from "aggregare" ("to add to"), a Latin verb made up of the prefix ad- (which means "to," and which usually changes to "ag-" before a "g") and "greg-" or "grex" (meaning "flock"). "Greg-" also gave us "congregate," "gregarious," and "segregate." "Aggregate" is commonly employed in the phrase "in the aggregate," which means "considered as a whole" (as in the sentence "In the aggregate, the student's various achievements were sufficiently impressive to merit a scholarship"). "Aggregate" also has some specialized senses. For example, it is used for a mass of minerals formed into a rock and for a material, such as sand or gravel, used to form concrete, mortar, or plaster.

Examples of aggregate in a Sentence

Adjective There were to be thirty-seven playgrounds, twenty schools. There were to be a hundred and thirty-three miles of street, paved with an inch and a half of No. 2 macadam on an aggregate base. — Joan Didion, New Yorker, 26 July 1993 Their success at opening up new sources of supply, generating and servicing demand, and connecting new markets with the processing industries of the Amsterdam entrepôt seemed … to belie the axiom of an inelastic aggregate volume of world trade—a zero-sum competition. — Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches, 1988 The mulberry looks a bit like a raspberry. But the raspberry (along with the other brambles, members of the genus Rubus, such as the blackberry) is an aggregate fruit generated by a single, if complex, flower. — Raymond Sokolov, Natural History, October 1986 With Keynes, standard theory conceded that disequilibria might intrude upon the economy as a whole, but it held that these could be remedied by judicious stabilization of aggregate demand—that is, combined government and consumer purchasing power. — Robert Kuttner, Atlantic, February 1985 The university receives more than half its aggregate income from government sources. The team with the highest aggregate score wins. Verb The problem, in this case, is that the synergy creates incentives for segregation. Ethnic advertisers scour the TV schedule for shows and channels that "aggregate" viewers of the type the client wants to reach … — Tamar Jacoby, New Republic, 24 Jan. 2000 "We are good at aggregating eyeballs and delivering services," says Barry Schuler, the president of AOL Interactive Services, "and the Time Warner deal is a natural extension of that." — Barry Schuler, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2000 Pollsters, for the most part, know perfectly well what they are doing. One thing they are doing is aggregating and averaging ephemeral spasms of "mood" that may have commercial or political value. — Christopher Hitchens, Harper's, April 1992 … covered only if each of the corporations involved has capital, surplus and undivided profits aggregating more than $10 million … — Joe Sims et al., National Law Journal, 28 Jan. 1991 The Web site aggregates content from many other sites. over time, her petty thefts aggregated a significant shortfall in the company's books Noun In particular, a core of popular politically minded blogs known in the aggregate as the Blogosphere has been a beehive of furious activity. Or should I say a wasp's nest? — Steven Levy, Newsweek, 4 Oct. 2004 It's true that our lives are the aggregate of a lot of little things, that's precisely why, at least once a year, we need to ride the wave of something bigger and bolder than our own little humdrum existence. — Will Manley, Booklist, 1 Sept. 2002 Smallness of enterprises, as in the Japanese bicycle-manufacturing development, is an asset because smallness cuts down administrative and other overhead costs both in individual enterprises and in the aggregate, in comparison with the overhead costs of large operations. — Jane Jacobs, Cities and the Wealth of Nations, (1984) 1985 numerous episodes of pilferage, taken in the aggregate, can really add up to a significant sum
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The big trends are broadly all the same: Nigeria and Kenya’s dominance, fintech’s continued rise and the arrival of the Chinese are key themes for the African aggregate market. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Everyone agrees African startup funding is soaring but no one can agree by how much," 30 Jan. 2020 But when the right lane is stacked up unnecessarily at countless intersections all over town, the aggregate effect on slowing traffic must be significant. BostonGlobe.com, "The Globe Spotlight Team’s series on our region’s transportation crisis,," 3 Dec. 2019 The federal agency this week agreed to turn over the names of manufacturers and distributors that sold 95% of the opioids in each state from 2006 to 2014, including the aggregate amount of pills sold and market share of each company. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Opioid Settlement Talks Hit Headwinds," 7 Mar. 2018 The aggregate passer rating of opposing quarterbacks is 46.8, roughly half of the NFL average of 90.4. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Listen to Richard Sherman -- he's definitely still elite and leading the 49ers into NFC title game vs. Packers," 18 Jan. 2020 The company used aggregate DNA information from 80 percent of its 10 million users who gave permission for the company to use data for research purposes. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "23andMe May Have Used Your DNA to Develop a New Drug," 13 Jan. 2020 The aggregate total comes from three separate complaints of stealing from a grave. John Delapp Correspondent, Houston Chronicle, "Court dates set for 2 accused of stealing from Deer Park graves," 7 Jan. 2020 In 2016, aggregate transmission and distribution losses reached 19% in India and 16% in Brazil. The Conversation/sarah Marie Jordaan/kavita Surana, Ars Technica, "We calculated emissions due to electricity loss on the power grid," 26 Dec. 2019 Mason City School District: Additional aggregate 4.71 to 9.96 mill continual tax levy for current operating expenses. Erin Glynn, Cincinnati.com, "Here's who and what's on the March 2020 Ohio ballot so far," 18 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Vote intentions were imputed onto voter file records in Iowa and then aggregated statewide and by district. CBS News, "CBS News Battleground Tracker: What could happen in Iowa on Monday?," 3 Feb. 2020 For cave excursions and tubing in the surrounding area, visit Belizing.com, a new service aggregating tour activities in the country. Ali Wunderman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Find Belize's Adventurous Side, From Snorkeling to Hiking," 16 Jan. 2020 The real estate company would continue aggregating the real estate listings that made homebuyers (and aspiring homebuyers) fall in love with it in the first place. Ashley Edwards Walker, Marie Claire, "Spotlighting 3 Power Women in the Home Market," 15 Jan. 2020 There are the videos posted to social media and aggregated by news sites that show security forces firing on demonstrators. Eli Lake, Twin Cities, "Eli Lake: Why is Europe bailing out Iran’s regime now?," 4 Dec. 2019 Nearly 2,000 Somali civilians have probably been killed by al-Shabab since that change, according to data from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, or ACLED, a nonprofit research group that aggregates reports of violence. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "2019 saw record U.S. airstrikes in Somalia. Why is al-Shabab surging?," 15 Jan. 2020 Discovery executives recently starting saying that the TV giant could launch a U.S. streaming service aggregating all its programming. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Discovery CEO Predicts Few Platforms Will Survive Streaming Wars," 8 Jan. 2020 Entrance fees at most of the 100 airport lounges aggregated through LoungeBuddy range somewhere between $40 and $60, although some can be as low as just $25 to get in. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "The New American Express Green Card Just Became a Travel Game-Changer," 24 Oct. 2019 Then imagine aggregating both of the connections into one super-speedy connection made of two LTE networks. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google Fi will soon connect you to two LTE networks at once," 22 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One very consequential health-care aggregate not mentioned in the article is the health-care recipient. WSJ, "Why So Many Midcareer Doctors Burn Out," 26 Jan. 2020 State environmental regulators will require Detroit Bulk Storage to clean up the mess from a spill of large limestone aggregate piles into the Detroit River, following a dock and seawall collapse Nov. 26. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Lawmakers: Don't leave river bank collapse cleanup to company that spilled it," 13 Dec. 2019 The first part aggregates data from multiple data sets, including from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, the U.S. Census and the Environmental Protection Agency. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "How will climate change affect your hometown? This new tool helps you find out.," 13 Nov. 2019 The Economist’s poll-of-polls aggregates data from several firms using a statistical method called a generalised additive mixed model with smoothing. The Economist, "Who is winning the race for No 10 Downing Street?," 30 Oct. 2019 The maximum aggregate amount allowed in a year is 26 weeks. BostonGlobe.com, "My company already offers paid leave. Does the law apply to us?," 1 Oct. 2019 The service aggregates posts from the Facebook pages for news organizations, government agencies and community groups like dog shelters. Barbara Ortutay, The Seattle Times, "With an eye on past problems, Facebook expands local feature," 28 Nov. 2018 Heaven Rodriguez, 21, of Channelview has been charged with aggregate theft totaling between $100 and $750. John Delapp Correspondent, Houston Chronicle, "Court dates set for 2 accused of stealing from Deer Park graves," 7 Jan. 2020 Companies must use independent auditors to review their websites and provide the auditor's aggregate findings to the IRS. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "IRS drops longstanding promise not to compete against TurboTax," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of aggregate

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aggregate

Adjective

Middle English aggregat, borrowed from Latin aggregātus, past participle of aggregāre "to cause to flock together, join, include, lump together," from ad- ad- + -gregāre, verbal derivative of greg-, grex "flock, herd, group" — more at gregarious

Verb

Middle English aggregaten, borrowed from Latin aggregātus, past participle of aggregāre "to cause to flock together, join" — more at aggregate entry 1

Noun

Middle English aggregat, borrowed from Medieval Latin aggregātus, noun derivative of Latin aggregātus, past participle of aggregāre "to cause to flock together, join" — more at aggregate entry 1

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“Aggregate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Aggregated. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for aggregate

aggregate

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of aggregate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: formed by adding together two or more amounts

aggregate

verb
How to pronounce aggregate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of aggregate (Entry 2 of 3)

formal
: to join or combine into a single group
: to equal a specified number or amount

aggregate

noun
How to pronounce aggregate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of aggregate (Entry 3 of 3)

formal : a total amount

aggregate

verb
ag·​gre·​gate | \ ˈa-gri-ˌgāt How to pronounce aggregate (audio) \
aggregated; aggregating

Kids Definition of aggregate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to collect or gather into a mass or whole The particles of sand aggregated into giant dunes.

aggregate

noun
ag·​gre·​gate | \ ˈa-gri-gət How to pronounce aggregate (audio) \

Kids Definition of aggregate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a mass or body of units or parts The rock is an aggregate of several minerals.
2 : the whole sum or amount They won by an aggregate of 30 points.

aggregate

adjective
ag·​gre·​gate | \ ˈag-ri-gət How to pronounce aggregate (audio) \

Medical Definition of aggregate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: formed by the collection of units or particles into a body, mass, or amount

Other Words from aggregate

aggregation \ ˌag-​ri-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce aggregation (audio) \ noun
It is now known that these calcifications represent focal aggregations of calcium hydroxyapatite … Medical Radiography & Photography, 1982

aggregate

transitive verb
ag·​gre·​gate | \ -ˌgāt How to pronounce aggregate (audio) \
aggregated; aggregating

Medical Definition of aggregate (Entry 2 of 3)

: to collect or gather into a mass or whole aggregated human albumin

aggregate

noun
ag·​gre·​gate | \ -gət How to pronounce aggregate (audio) \

Medical Definition of aggregate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a mass or body of units or parts somewhat loosely associated with one another

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aggregate

adjective
ag·​gre·​gate | \ ˈa-grə-gət How to pronounce aggregate (audio) \

Legal Definition of aggregate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: taken as a total aggregate liability

aggregate

verb
ag·​gre·​gate | \ ˈa-grə-ˌgāt How to pronounce aggregate (audio) \
aggregated; aggregating

Legal Definition of aggregate (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to combine or gather into a whole class members may aggregate their individual claims — compare join
2 : to amount to an award aggregating $100,000

intransitive verb

: to form an aggregate they may not aggregate if their claims are regarded as “separate and distinct”— J. M. Landers et al.

aggregate

noun
ag·​gre·​gate | \ ˈa-grə-gət How to pronounce aggregate (audio) \

Legal Definition of aggregate (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : total amount may sue in federal court if the aggregate of the claims exceeds $75,000
2 : a whole made up of individual units the aggregate of operative facts

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