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"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.
Total; add up to: How much does it tote? (1760+)
(also tote board) A totalizator, a machine that displays odds at a racetrack
[1950+; totalizator is found by 1879]