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tote1

[toht] /toʊt/
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.
6.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80, Americanism; origin uncertain
Related forms
totable, toteable, adjective
toter, noun

tote2

[toht] /toʊt/
verb (used with object), toted, toting.
1.
Informal. to add up; total.
Origin
1885-90; probably v. use of tote, shortening of total

tote3

[toht] /toʊt/
noun, Informal.
1.
a totalizator.
Origin
1890-95; by shortening
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Examples from the web for tote
  • 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.
  • Pinole mortars were usually small enough to tote around, and the pestles were relatively small.
  • Melting down used plastic to make the next hipster tote.
  • tote your suds in style with this leather six-pack holder.
  • Eliminates need to tote along a rucksack full of filters.
  • The infiltrators, outfitted with night-vision goggles, tote a variety of gifts.
  • Decorate a canvas tote for your parents to use at the grocery store in place of plastic bags.
British Dictionary definitions for tote

tote

/təʊt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to carry, convey, or drag
noun
2.
the act of or an instance of toting
3.
something toted
Derived Forms
toter, noun
Word Origin
C17: of obscure origin

Tote

/təʊt/
noun
1.
(sometimes not capital) trademark the Tote, short for totalizator (sense 1), totalizator (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for tote
v.

"to carry," 1670s, 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"). Related: Toted; toting. Tote bag is first recorded 1900.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tote

tote 1

verb

Total; add up to: How much does it tote? (1760+)


tote 2

noun

(also tote board) A totalizator, a machine that displays odds at a racetrack

[1950+; totalizator is found by 1879]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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