tote

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verb (1)

toted; toting

transitive verb

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: to carry by hand : bear on the person : lug, pack
2
toter noun

tote

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noun (1)

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tote

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verb (2)

toted; toting

transitive verb

: add, total
usually used with up
toted up his accomplishmentsG. P. Morrill

tote

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noun (2)

Examples of tote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Breathable padded straps and back panels, along with the chest and hip straps, make this a comfortable bag for toting heavier items. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2024 In November, the SKIMS founder was spotted toting around a massive gray Haut A Courroies 50cm Birkin style while out in New York City. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024 That detachable handle is great for little ones who want to tote it around themselves. Tanya Edwards, Parents, 13 Mar. 2024 The glut has left people wanting to work through that excess of special bottles, and that includes toting those wines with them to restaurants. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 10 Mar. 2024 Dakota Johnson, who hosted in the lead up to Madame Web, toted her $8,000 Andiamo bag to rehearsals while wearing a long fur coat. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 9 Mar. 2024 That’s the case with this Hyperspace Heroes Star Wars pick that features the Mandalorian flying the N1 Starfighter and the Child being toted along in the backseat. Melissa Epifano, EW.com, 10 Feb. 2024 Pérez is symbolic of the youth movement that lifted Arévalo to the presidency; the congressman is just 31, lives with his mom and often totes around a copy of Barack Obama’s presidential memoir. Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2024 On Tuesday, the Legislative Analyst’s Office, which advises the Legislature, increased its estimate of the budget’s deficit, which Newsom had originally pegged at $38 billion, to an eye-popping $73 billion after toting up Newsom’s proposals and decreasing its revenue estimate. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024
Noun
Demna has seeded the style out to the fit-your-life-in tote’s original fans. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 2 Apr. 2024 The colorful tote is made from imitation suede that’s both easy to clean and animal-friendly. Clara McMahon, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2024 The eccentric grocery's limited-edition miniature canvas bag is a 13-inch version of its classic tote, retailing at $2.99. Dr. Marcus Collins, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Better Homes & Gardens Drawstring Laundry Tote $13 Adding a hamper to your bathroom is one way to keep all of your dirty laundry in one spot, and this $13 tote is an easy solution. Carly Totten, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Mar. 2024 The totes come with a zippered pouch and are also easy to carry as a shoulder bag. Brittany Vanderbill, Travel + Leisure, 24 Mar. 2024 There’s also something about the aesthetic the tiny tote embodies, which is kind of basic — in a good way. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 Mollie Tote 25 $378 $97 From grocery trips to weekend getaways, there’s no occasion where this stunning tote—on sale for half off—couldn’t fit. Rachel Simon, Southern Living, 21 Mar. 2024 Margaux 10 bag Ferragamo Firenze flap tote bag Brochu Walker Everyday tote Prada large leather tote bag Prada buckle leather handbag Balenciaga Rodeo leather tote Precious Cargo Going somewhere? Madeline Fass, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of tote was in 1677

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Cite this Entry

“Tote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tote. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tote

verb
ˈtōt
toted; toting
: to carry by hand
toter noun

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