Word of the Day : August 8, 2019


noun AG-rih-gut


1 : a mass or body of units or parts somewhat loosely associated with one another

2 : the whole sum or amount : sum total

Did You Know?

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.


The university's various departments spent an aggregate of 1.2 million dollars in advertising last year.

"Their bill would require companies that collect user data to tell consumers and regulators what they collect, how they make money off it and how much it's worth—in aggregate and broken down by users." — James Condliffe, The New York Times, 1 July 2019

Word Family Quiz

What is the meaning of the adjective egregious?



play image1903019624

'Aggregate' — Video Word of the Day 8/8/2019

noun - the whole sum or amount


More Words of the Day

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!