Aggregate



formed by the conjunction or collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; total; combined:
the aggregate amount of indebtedness.
Botany.

(of a flower) formed of florets collected in a dense cluster but not cohering, as the daisy.
(of a fruit) composed of a cluster of carpels belonging to the same flower, as the raspberry.

Geology. (of a rock) consisting of a mixture of minerals separable by mechanical means.
a sum, mass, or assemblage of particulars; a total or gross amount:
the aggregate of all past experience.
a cluster of soil granules not larger than a small crumb.
any of various loose, particulate materials, as sand, gravel, or pebbles, added to a cementing agent to make concrete, plaster, etc.
Mathematics, (def 92).
to bring together; collect into one sum, mass, or body.
to amount to (the number of):
The guns captured will aggregate five or six hundred.
to combine and form a collection or mass.
in the aggregate, taken or considered as a whole:
In the aggregate, our losses have been relatively small.
Contemporary Examples

Tanner is right that free trade, including outsourcing, raises national income in the aggregate.
Defend Capitalism? David Frum July 17, 2012

The average number of weekly hours declined along with aggregate weekly payrolls.
Obama’s Jobs Malaise Daniel Stone September 1, 2011

Verrilli, arguing on behalf of the U.S. government, said aggregate limits have an important role in preventing corruption.
McCutcheon v. FEC: Big Money Fights Back at the Supreme Court Ben Jacobs October 8, 2013

Because “improper dependence” is precisely the problem that limits on aggregate contributions are meant to attack.
Originalists Making It Up Again: McCutcheon and ‘Corruption’ Lawrence Lessig April 1, 2014

But the total amount they can give to federal candidates in aggregate is capped at $123,200 per year.
The Court Case That Pivots on What ‘Corrupt’ Really Means Lawrence Lessig September 25, 2013

Historical Examples

To aggregate is to collect into a flock; to collect into a mass or sum.
Orthography Elmer W. Cavins

Total: Sixteen fish; aggregate weight, one hundred and forty pounds.
American Notes Rudyard Kipling

The energy of a race is measured by the aggregate of its action.
The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre

But in the aggregate, also like marriage, there is no doubt of its value.
Commercialism and Journalism Hamilton Holt

You will observe that his remittances for the last four weeks aggregate three hundred and sixty-seven dollars.
Walter Sherwood’s Probation Horatio Alger

adjective (ˈæɡrɪɡɪt; -ˌɡeɪt)
formed of separate units collected into a whole; collective; corporate
(of fruits and flowers) composed of a dense cluster of carpels or florets
noun (ˈæɡrɪɡɪt; -ˌɡeɪt)
a sum or assemblage of many separate units; sum total
(geology) a rock, such as granite, consisting of a mixture of minerals
the sand and stone mixed with cement and water to make concrete
a group of closely related biotypes produced by apomixis, such as brambles, which are the Rubus fruticosus aggregate
in the aggregate, taken as a whole
verb (ˈæɡrɪˌɡeɪt)
to combine or be combined into a body, etc
(transitive) to amount to (a number)
adj.

c.1400, from Latin aggregatus “associated,” literally “united in a flock,” past participle of aggregare “add to (a flock), lead to a flock, bring together (in a flock),” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + gregare “herd” (see gregarious).
v.

c.1400, from Latin aggregatum, neuter past participle of aggregare (see aggregate (adj.)). Related: Aggregated; aggregating.
n.

“number of persons, things, etc., regarded as a unit,” early 15c., from noun use of Latin adjective aggregatum, neuter of aggregatus (see aggregate (adj.)).

aggregate ag·gre·gate (āg’rĭ-gĭt)
adj.
Crowded or massed into a dense cluster. n.
A total considered with reference to its constituent parts; a gross amount in a mass or cluster. v. ag·gre·gat·ed, ag·gre·gat·ing, ag·gre·gates (-gāt’)
To gather into a mass, sum, or whole.

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