in the aggregate, taken or considered as a whole: In the aggregate, our losses have been relatively small.

Origin of aggregate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin aggregātus (past participle of aggregāre), equivalent to ag- ag- + greg- (stem of grex flock) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsag·gre·ga·ble [ag-ri-guh-buhl] /ˈæg rɪ gə bəl/, adjectiveag·gre·gate·ly, adjectiveag·gre·gate·ness, nounag·gre·ga·to·ry [ag-ri-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈæg rɪ gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivehy·per·ag·gre·gate, verb, hy·per·ag·gre·gat·ed, hy·per·ag·gre·gat··ag·gre·gate, verb, re·ag·gre·gat·ed, re·ag·gre·gat·ing.sub·ag·gre·gate, adjective, nounsub·ag·gre·gate·ly, adverbun·ag·gre·gat·ed, adjective

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adjective (ˈæɡrɪɡɪt, -ˌɡeɪt)

formed of separate units collected into a whole; collective; corporate
(of fruits and flowers) composed of a dense cluster of carpels or florets

noun (ˈæɡrɪɡɪt, -ˌɡeɪt)

a sum or assemblage of many separate units; sum total
geology a rock, such as granite, consisting of a mixture of minerals
the sand and stone mixed with cement and water to make concrete
a group of closely related biotypes produced by apomixis, such as brambles, which are the Rubus fruticosus aggregate
in the aggregate taken as a whole

verb (ˈæɡrɪˌɡeɪt)

to combine or be combined into a body, etc
(tr) to amount to (a number)
Derived Formsaggregately, adverbaggregative (ˈæɡrɪˌɡeɪtɪv), adjective

Word Origin for aggregate

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

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).


c.1400, from Latin aggregatum, neuter past participle of aggregare (see aggregate (adj.)). Related: Aggregated; aggregating.


"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




Crowded or massed into a dense cluster.


A total considered with reference to its constituent parts; a gross amount in a mass or cluster.


To gather into a mass, sum, or whole.
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