- Constituting or amounting to a whole; total: aggregate sales in that market.
- Botany Crowded or massed into a dense cluster.
- Composed of a mixture of minerals separable by mechanical means.
- A total considered with reference to its constituent parts; a gross amount: “An empire is the aggregate of many states under one common head” ( Edmund Burke )
- The mineral materials, such as sand or stone, used in making concrete.
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- To gather into a mass, sum, or whole: aggregated the donations into one bank account.
- To amount to; total: Revenues will aggregate more than one million dollars.
- To collect (content from different sources on the internet) into one webpage or newsreader.
To come together or collect in a mass or whole: “Some [bacteria]aggregate so closely as to mimic a multicellular organism” ( Gina Kolata ) “The first stars began to form when hydrogen and helium gas left over from the Big Bang aggregated into dense clouds” ( Paul Davies )
Origin of aggregate
Middle English aggregat from
Latin aggregātus past participle of aggregāre to add to ad- ad- gregāre to collect
( from grex greg- flock
; see ger-
in Indo-European roots.)
- A mass, assemblage, or sum of particulars; something consisting of elements but considered as a whole.
- A mass formed by the union of homogeneous particles; – in distinction from a compound, formed by the union of heterogeneous particles.
- (music) The full chromatic scale of twelve equal tempered pitches.
- (roofing) Crushed stone, crushed slag or water-worn gravel used for surfacing a built-up roof system.
- Solid particles of low aspect ratio added to a composite material, as distinguished from the matrix and any fibers or reinforcements, especially the gravel and sand added to concrete. (technical)
(comparative more aggregate, superlative most aggregate)
- Formed by a collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; collective; combined; added up
- Consisting or formed of smaller objects or parts.
- Formed into clusters or groups of lobules.
- aggregate glands.
- (botany) Composed of several florets within a common involucre, as in the daisy; or of several carpels formed from one flower, as in the raspberry.
- Having the several component parts adherent to each other only to such a degree as to be separable by mechanical means.
- United into a common organized mass; said of certain compound animals.
(third-person singular simple present aggregates, present participle aggregating, simple past and past participle aggregated)
- To bring together; to collect into a mass or sum.
- The aggregated soil.
- To add or unite, as, a person, to an association.
- To amount in the aggregate to.
- ten loads, aggregating five hundred bushels.
From Latin aggregātus, perfect passive participle of aggregō (“I flock together”), from ag-, combining form of ad (“to, toward”), + gregō (“I flock or group”), from grex (“flock”). Compare gregarious.