Dividends for the year amounted in the aggregate to 25 million dollars.
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We added aggregate to our flock of Latin borrowings in the 15th century. It descends from aggregāre ("to cause to flock together" or "to join together"), 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, herd, or group"). Greg- also gave us congregate, gregarious, and segregate. Aggregate is commonly employed in the phrase "in the aggregate," which means "considered as a whole." Aggregate also has some specialized senses. For example, it is used to describe a mass of minerals formed into a rock, and materials like sand or gravel that are used to form concrete, mortar, or plaster.
AdjectiveThere 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 1993Their 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, 1988The 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 1986With 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. VerbThe 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. 2000Pollsters, 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 website aggregates content from many other sites.
over time, her petty thefts aggregated a significant shortfall in the company's books NounIn 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. 2004It'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. 2002Smallness 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
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The health sector’s aggregate deal value dropped 56% to $202 billion year-to-date, S&P Global Market Intelligence wrote in a report published Dec. 19.—David Wainer, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2022 Our very first step must be to lift the 1980-era aggregate expenditure limit or schools will not even be able to spend the increase the Legislature already provided.—Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 12 Oct. 2022 In terms of real output, those supply problems could cause aggregate-demand restraints to make things worse, not better.—Alexander William Salter, National Review, 18 Oct. 2021 Faith in government seems to have bottomed-out at around 17% in Gallup’s aggregate polling.—Philip Elliott, Time, 10 Jan. 2023 Anonymize every user—aggregate data at a team level.—Samson David, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 While aggregate population vaccination data is collected and stored in IIS systems, in most cases individual vaccination records are not automatically stored or accessible.—WIRED, 25 Sep. 2022 The outside researchers analyzed aggregate data from LinkedIn.—Natasha Singer, New York Times, 24 Sep. 2022 However, at a combined +92.5 relative to the spread on the season, Georgia is tied with Baylor for the largest aggregate margin.—Christopher Smith, al, 21 Nov. 2021
Mobula Munkiana aggregate in large schools off the coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico, each spring, during a period thought to be mating and pupping season.—Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 25 Jan. 2023 That’s why hundreds of migrants aggregate on the streets around the church, hoping to score one of the 120 to 130 slots to enter the church for the night.—Karol Suarez, CNN, 31 Dec. 2022 Some websites aggregate coupons from other retailers and offer them at a discount.—Dallas News, 1 Nov. 2022 Deals followed for Granite to aggregate their phone lines in New England, then across the Northeast—and, eventually, across the whole country.—John Hyatt, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 Between February and April, when the COVID epidemic was at its worst, aggregate nationwide box office from weekend screenings was just $38 million or a per weekend average of less than $3 million.—Patrick Frater, Variety, 8 May 2022 The European Union on Monday launched a project to collect and aggregate cancer imaging data in an effort to speed up innovation and early cancer diagnosis using artificial intelligence.—Fox News, 23 Jan. 2023 That gave the film a 64% share of the nationwide weekend aggregate.—Patrick Frater, Variety, 16 Oct. 2022 After the close, September new loans and aggregate financing beat expectations and rose significantly.—Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022
In aggregate, spates of space-weather scaremongering are easy to predict because they’re usually tied to solar activity itself, which follows a roughly 11-year cycle.—Ed Browne, Scientific American, 26 Jan. 2023 The cabin is nearly silent, except for the occasional muffled road noise when the tires drive over broken pavement or rough asphalt aggregate.—Michael Harley, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 The overall nationwide aggregate was $7.70 million, down from $9.46 million in the previous weekend session.—Patrick Frater, Variety, 11 Dec. 2022 Before that, the reporting threshold was for taxpayers with more than 200 transactions worth an aggregate above $20,000.—Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2022 Four of those states are on a knife’s edge again, with Senate candidates separated by 1.5 percentage points or less in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania, and by about 3 points in Wisconsin, the 538 aggregate of polls finds.—Aaron Zitner, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 Even at today’s low unemployment rate, workers in aggregate do not appear to have the market power to demand a larger share of the income pie.—Time, 20 Dec. 2022 The aggregate amount distributed to eligible customers will total more than $14.36 billion.—Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 9 Dec. 2022 Well, of course—but only in the particular, not in the aggregate.—Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 9 Dec. 2022 See More
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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
Middle English aggregaten, borrowed from Latin aggregātus, past participle of aggregāre "to cause to flock together, join" — more at aggregate entry 1
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