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 website 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 Such exposure to sectors with momentum from changing consumer preferences and regulatory requirements could help to mitigate aggregate value at risk from climate change. Bhakti Mirchandani, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 The aggregate value of those Roth IRAs was more than $40 billion. ProPublica, 6 Aug. 2021 The aggregate value of ICC certificates in 1972 was around $16 billion (in 2021 dollars), but certificate holders weren’t even required to own a single truck. WSJ, 22 July 2021 Added with those payments that have already been distributed, this brings the total number of checks sent out in the wake of the American Rescue Plan to around 165 million payments, with an aggregate value of about $388 billion. Andy Meek, BGR, 14 May 2021 This means that the aggregate value of ride-share stocks may exceed the ultimate value of the ride-share industry once a dominant player emerges. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 23 Mar. 2021 Instead, much of their draft focuses on the separate issue of whether the GILTI computation should be based on a country-by-country approach or an aggregate approach. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 For months, the CDC site showed zero deaths for all counties in Florida, though aggregate death numbers for the state were available. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 Why allow California to have the highest aggregate basket of income, sales, property and capital gains taxes in the nation, the highest gas and power prices in the continental United States, and nearly the worst schools and infrastructure? Victor Davis Hanson, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From 2014 to 2018, the SEC said, developers shared such information under the condition that App Annie anonymize and aggregate the data before releasing it to customers. David Uberti, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2021 But a more holistic visibility solution requires the ability to access the various transactions and aggregate them to provide additional insights. Steve Banker, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 So far in 2021, aggregate box office from all international territories excluding China, totals $5.22 billion, overtaking the $5.13 billion recorded in China as of Sept, 11, 2021. Patrick Frater, Variety, 14 Sep. 2021 Even firms with a robust risk register don’t typically aggregate everyone’s risk acceptance decisions into a single item that SMEs can reason about. Sammy Migues, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Big industrial automation firms such as Rockwell and Honeywell make good margins selling and maintaining legacy systems that are not connected to the internet, don’t aggregate data across companies and require minimal innovation. Robin Gaster, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2021 Even the smallest details, which malicious actors will certainly aggregate from more than one platform, may be unintentionally revealing. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, 8 June 2021 Lastly, as these platforms aggregate more shopper data, expect better actionable insights for advertisers. Melissa Burdick, Forbes, 8 June 2021 But watch out for both per-item limits and aggregate limits. Erica Lamberg, Robb Report, 14 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That is a 40% improvement on June’s $41 million aggregate. Patrick Frater, Variety, 22 Aug. 2021 In such an environment, consolidation of the heterogeneous bid/ask price feeds into a reliable reference aggregate price feed can be valuable to brokerages and traders alike, and a customized index may be useful for this purpose. Oleg Solodukhin, Forbes, 5 May 2021 Nationwide aggregate box office over the weekend was worth only $38.6 million. Patrick Frater, Variety, 5 Sep. 2021 There will be a period of time where the aggregate is going to settle and be compressed. John Benson, cleveland, 11 Aug. 2021 The top four Liga MX teams from the 2020-21 season aggregate table that did not compete in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League semifinals or the upcoming 2021 Campeones Cup qualified: Club León, Pumas UNAM, Santos Laguna, Tigres UANL. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2021 The Timbers fell 3-1 in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals Wednesday in Mexico City for a 4-2 aggregate loss, knocking them out of the tournament. Caitlin Murray, oregonlive, 6 May 2021 When voters were asked who their first choices are, Yang averaged 22% of the vote in my aggregate of recent polling. Harry Enten, CNN, 24 Apr. 2021 Renovations will include enhancing the riprap (rocky material) along the shoreline to improve erosion control, increasing the number of parking spaces and applying new aggregate (gravel) to all parking areas. Frank Sargeant, al, 21 Apr. 2021

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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/aggregate. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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aggregate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of aggregate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: formed by adding together two or more amounts : total

aggregate

verb

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

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

aggregate

noun

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

: 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 aggregate (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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