verb (1)
\ ˈtōt How to pronounce tote (audio) \
toted; toting

Definition of tote

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to carry by hand : bear on the person : lug, pack
2 : haul, convey


noun (1)

Definition of tote (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : tote bag
2 : burden, load


verb (2)
toted; toting

Definition of tote (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: add, total usually used with up toted up his accomplishments— G. P. Morrill


noun (2)

Definition of tote (Entry 4 of 4)

Other Words from tote

Verb (1)

toter \ ˈtō-​tər How to pronounce tote (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of tote

Verb (1)

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

circa 1772, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb (2)

1888, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tote

Verb (1)

probably from an English-based creole; akin to Gullah & Krio tot to carry, of Bantu origin; akin to Kikongo -tota to pick up, Kimbundu -tuta to carry

Verb (2)

English dialect tote, noun, total

Noun (2)

short for totalizator

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“Tote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for tote


\ ˈtōt How to pronounce tote (audio) \
toted; toting

Kids Definition of tote

: carry sense 1, haul He totes a heavy backpack.

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