tote

1 [toht]
verb (used with object), toted, toting.
1.
to carry, as on one's back or in one's arms: to tote a bundle.
2.
to carry on one's person: to tote a gun.
3.
to transport or convey, as on a vehicle or boat.
noun
4.
the act or course of toting.
5.
something that is toted.

Origin:
1670–80, Americanism; origin uncertain

totable, toteable, adjective
toter, noun
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tote

2 [toht]
verb (used with object), toted, toting.
Informal. to add up; total.

Origin:
1885–90; probably v. use of tote, shortening of total

tote

3 [toht]
noun Informal.
a totalizator.

Origin:
1890–95; by shortening

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tote (təʊt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to carry, convey, or drag
 
n
2.  the act of or an instance of toting
3.  something toted
 
[C17: of obscure origin]
 
'toter
 
n

Tote (təʊt)
 
n
(sometimes not capital) trademark the Tote totalizator short for totalizator

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tote
"to carry," 1677, of unknown origin; originally attested in Virginia, but OED discounts the popular theory of its origin in a W.African language (cf. Kikongo tota "pick up," Kimbundu tuta "carry, load," related to Swahili tuta "pile up, carry"). Tote bag is first recorded 1900.
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tote definition


  1. n.
    someone who abstains from alcohol. (From total abstainer.) : I'm not a tote, but I do have a limit—rather low by your standards. , Have a drink, or are you still a tote?
  2. n.
    a small portion of cannabis. (Drugs.) : The cops found a tote when they tossed Bart, but that was all.
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Example sentences
The extra blankets have already come out of the storage tote, and one is on the
  bed and the others are in the closet.
Some people have a tendency to tote tunes on their travels.
And anyone traveling for more than a day with an electronic gadget has to tote
  along its clunky charger as well.
It's the culture of sidebars, poems suitable for the fronts of tote bags.
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