Idioms

    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
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Word story

All three parts of speech of aggregate (adjective, noun, verb) come directly from Latin aggregāt-, the stem of aggregātus, the past participle of aggregāre.
Aggregāre is a compound of ag-, a variant of the prefix ad- “to, toward,” and a derivative of the noun grex (inflectional stem greg- ) “flock, herd, band, troop, company”; aggregāre therefore means “to make (people) flock together, enter into association, join”—the association with grex “flock” is clear.
The Latin forms come from the Proto-Indo-European root ger-, gere- “to gather, collect,” which appears in Celtic, Germanic, Baltic, and Slavic. Probably the most important derivative of ger-, gere- for the history of Western culture is the Greek noun agorá “meeting, assembly, market, marketplace, trade, traffic,” especially the Agora in Athens, the chief marketplace and center of the city’s civic life.
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British Dictionary definitions for in the aggregate

aggregate


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)

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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Medicine definitions for in the aggregate

aggregate

[ ăgrĭ-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.

To gather into a mass, sum, or whole.
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Idioms and Phrases with in the aggregate

in the aggregate


Considered as a whole, as in Our profits in the aggregate have been slightly higher. [Late 1700s]

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