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.

Other Words from aggregate

Adjective

aggregately adverb
aggregateness noun

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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.

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The company’s fleet consisted of 40 dry-bulk vessels, including 17 Capesize dry-bulk carriers, nine Ultramax dry-bulk carriers and 14 Supramax dry-bulk carriers, with an aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 4,368,800 deadweight tons. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 The show has garnered a solid 87% aggregate critics score at the moment on the review aggregation site. Andy Meek, BGR, 16 Aug. 2022 Lyft will work with third-party firms to help advertisers measure campaign performance using aggregate data, but won’t collect personal data from riders, said Kenan Saleh, general manager of Lyft Media and former chief executive of Halo. Patrick Coffee, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 Based on a 2018 estimate published in Forbes, the aggregate value of U.S. residential housing stock is almost $32 trillion. Sourav Goswami, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Jorgensen will receive a base compensation of $750,000, a new hire cash bonus with an aggregate value of $6 million, and a target bonus opportunity of 125% of his base salary. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, 4 Aug. 2022 Hipgnosis on Thursday also highlighted that its portfolio now includes 146 catalogues with 65,413 songs with an aggregate value of $2.69 billion. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 July 2022 His aggregate score of 128 set a tournament record for 36 holes and his lead matched the tournament record for 36 holes. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Feb. 2022 The Timbers have won four of five all-time matches against NYCFC, including the last three by an aggregate score of 5-0. oregonlive, 10 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nowadays, many companies use new-age social media aggregator tools to aggregate content in real time from social media related to your event and then display it in an infinite stream of content on a digital background. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 8 Sep. 2022 Social issues and governance issues are much harder to aggregate up into single ratings. Tom Lyon, The Conversation, 24 May 2022 Beginning immediately, her office will aggregate drug possession and paraphernalia charges for people with five or more citations, so that they can be treated as a single case. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Sep. 2022 Recent federal regulations, such as the provisions prohibiting information blocking in the 21st Century Cures Act, give consumers greater ability to store, aggregate, use, and share their health information using apps of their choice. Wylecia Wiggs Harris And Tom Cox, STAT, 23 June 2022 Threat intelligence analysts can aggregate vendor security advisories and available patches to take the manual burden off security ops. Gidi Cohen, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Debuting in March 2020, Foodshed began with a plan to aggregate from five farms in North County and distribute food to 60 families in marginalized communities. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2021 Mechanisms elicit, process, and aggregate collective intelligence from diverse sources. Wired, 15 Aug. 2022 According to one encyclopedia entry, aggregate planning is the process by which an organization develops, analyses and maintains a preliminary and estimated schedule for all of its operations. Tunde Ajala, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Often, though, quarterback recruiting does not happen in the aggregate. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 30 Aug. 2022 But in the aggregate, that's huge for the country as a whole. Wired Staff, WIRED, 25 Aug. 2022 Roughly 90% of the companies in the S&P 500 have reported their second quarter results, and their earnings per share are nearly 8% higher from year-ago levels in aggregate. Stan Choe, Chicago Tribune, 11 Aug. 2022 The drying drum would have a natural gas burner on one end to dry the aggregate and rotate to mix the components to form the asphalt, according to the proposal. Dana Afana, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 2022 The plan is to deconstruct a sample of the original mortar to determine the type of aggregate and binder that was used and create a mix to match, Machnicki said. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 24 Mar. 2022 The images from that day underscore the challenge of taking a picture of a crowd; there’s an intrinsic conflict between the aggregate and the particular, between the contours of a swarm and the specificity of an unmasked face. The New Yorker, 7 Dec. 2021 Nationwide aggregate box office was $12.1 million, the quietest weekend in Korea since early May. Patrick Frater, Variety, 21 Aug. 2022 While Friday's sixth-place aggregate prize of $1,500 is a far cry from the $2.5 million that Smith earned for his triumph at St. Andrews, the experience left one-of-a-kind memories for Horschel. Clayton Freeman, USA TODAY, 23 July 2022 See More

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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

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

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

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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