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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Yet underneath those aggregate numbers, a nascent shift appears to be underway — one that highlights the growing divide in economic comfort between the rich and the poor.
Jeanna Smialek Tony Luong, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2022 However, the looming cuts year after year due to the aggregate expenditure limit risk many of our public dollars being cut from schools.
Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 15 Oct. 2022 The 529 plan will continue to earn money, even after the 529 plan account balance reaches the aggregate contribution limit.
Mark Kantrowitz, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 First off, the tech industry accounts for a small share of aggregate employment in the US.
Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 18 Nov. 2022 Reviews are 84% fresh on aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes and, as is often the case with comic-book movies, audience scores are even higher.
Lindsey Bahr, USA TODAY, 14 Nov. 2022 The acquisition of Daï Daï Films underscores the company’s strategy to ramp up its presence in the feature film landscape and aggregate talents, following the footsteps of French indie powerhouses such as Mediawan.
Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 14 Nov. 2022 In markets where the aggregate consumer demand is inelastic, the total of the consumers’ and merchants’ surplus with and without cards are the same.
Norbert Michel, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Within those groupings, organizations (whether small, midsize or large) are ranked by the aggregate score based on the employee feedback — the more positive the employee responses, the higher the score, the higher the rank.The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Oct. 2022
Moral philosophers have argued that concern for others does not simply aggregate their harms.
Kieran Setiya, The Atlantic, 1 Nov. 2022 The company has created a platform to aggregate donations for small businesses that are fighting back.
Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 After the Clean Air Act was passed, aggregate air pollution dropped 70 percent.
Heather Hansman, Outside Online, 22 Apr. 2020 Therefore, aggregate planning can be understood as the planning process that incorporates all aspects of organizational operations (internal and external elements) into the organization's overall operations.
Tunde Ajala, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 That would include aggregate on-exchange and over-the-counter nickel positions, said the exchange, which is a unit of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd.
Joe Wallace, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 Selvin Martin Ovando Gamez, 29, was working at Tiverton Materials, which supplies aggregate materials used in construction.
Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Oct. 2022 Setting aside exchange rate movements, aggregate global wealth grew by 12.7% in 2021, which is the fastest annual rate ever recorded.
Tiffany Ap, Quartz, 20 Sep. 2022 Prediction markets use a wisdom of crowds approach to aggregate beliefs and predict future outcomes.
Steven Phillips, STAT, 6 Sep. 2022
In aggregate, balances are nearing $1 trillion, not adjusted for inflation, for the first time ever.
Rob Wile, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2022 James sharing anecdotes and details and jokes and stories and memories and music, and just all of that, is an aggregate of what's in there.
Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 5 Oct. 2022 According to Reelgood, its weekly streaming engagement is an aggregate of behavioral data on the Reelgood site and apps, including playback, tracking, and other interactions.
Michael Schneider, Variety, 25 July 2022 Rinko Kikuchi’s character, Adelstein’s editor/boss, is an aggregate of Adelstein’s various superiors over the years.
Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 7 Apr. 2022 Data is an aggregate of lives distilled into cold figures, devoid of humanity, of narrative, of individuality.
Lauren Sandler, Time, 28 May 2021 While that is in line with growth of Uber Technologies‘ more-global delivery business on a constant-currency basis, YipitData suggests that DoorDash is already well ahead of Uber in terms of its grocery and convenience businesses in aggregate.
Laura Forman, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2022 There was no red wave, and voters in aggregate seemed more exhausted than energized by both parties’ extreme fringes.
Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Nov. 2022 Food prices are still rising sharply in aggregate, but perhaps these increases are slowing.
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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