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aggregate

[adj., n. ag-ri-git, -geyt; v. ag-ri-geyt] /adj., n. ˈæg rɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt; v. ˈæg rɪˌgeɪt/
adjective
1.
formed by the conjunction or collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; total; combined:
the aggregate amount of indebtedness.
2.
Botany.
  1. (of a flower) formed of florets collected in a dense cluster but not cohering, as the daisy.
  2. (of a fruit) composed of a cluster of carpels belonging to the same flower, as the raspberry.
3.
Geology. (of a rock) consisting of a mixture of minerals separable by mechanical means.
noun
4.
a sum, mass, or assemblage of particulars; a total or gross amount:
the aggregate of all past experience.
5.
a cluster of soil granules not larger than a small crumb.
6.
any of various loose, particulate materials, as sand, gravel, or pebbles, added to a cementing agent to make concrete, plaster, etc.
7.
Mathematics, set (def 92).
verb (used with object), aggregated, aggregating.
8.
to bring together; collect into one sum, mass, or body.
9.
to amount to (the number of):
The guns captured will aggregate five or six hundred.
verb (used without object), aggregated, aggregating.
10.
to combine and form a collection or mass.
Idioms
11.
in the aggregate, taken or considered as a whole:
In the aggregate, our losses have been relatively small.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin aggregātus (past participle of aggregāre), equivalent to ag- ag- + greg- (stem of grex flock) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
aggregable
[ag-ri-guh-buh l] /ˈæg rɪ gə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
aggregately, adjective
aggregateness, noun
aggregatory
[ag-ri-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈæg rɪ gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
hyperaggregate, verb, hyperaggregated, hyperaggregating.
reaggregate, verb, reaggregated, reaggregating.
subaggregate, adjective, noun
subaggregately, adverb
unaggregated, adjective
Synonyms
1. added, complete, whole. 8. assemble, amass, accumulate, gather.
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British Dictionary definitions for aggregate

aggregate

adjective (ˈæɡrɪɡɪt; -ˌɡeɪt)
1.
formed of separate units collected into a whole; collective; corporate
2.
(of fruits and flowers) composed of a dense cluster of carpels or florets
noun (ˈæɡrɪɡɪt; -ˌɡeɪt)
3.
a sum or assemblage of many separate units; sum total
4.
(geology) a rock, such as granite, consisting of a mixture of minerals
5.
the sand and stone mixed with cement and water to make concrete
6.
a group of closely related biotypes produced by apomixis, such as brambles, which are the Rubus fruticosus aggregate
7.
in the aggregate, taken as a whole
verb (ˈæɡrɪˌɡeɪt)
8.
to combine or be combined into a body, etc
9.
(transitive) to amount to (a number)
Derived Forms
aggregately, adverb
aggregative (ˈæɡrɪˌɡeɪtɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin aggregāre to add to a flock or herd, attach (oneself) to, from grex flock
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Word Origin and History for aggregate
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.)).

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aggregate in Medicine

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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