- to carry, as on one's back or in one's arms: to tote a bundle.
- to carry on one's person: to tote a gun.
- to transport or convey, as on a vehicle or boat.
- the act or course of toting.
- something that is toted.
- tote bag.
Origin of tote1
- Informal. to add up; total.
Origin of tote2
- a totalizator.
Origin of tote3
Related Words for totehaul, hoist, fetch, lug, heft, convoy, freight, give, move, waft, bring, convey, transport, transplant, transfer, sustain, take, conduct, transmit, import
Examples from the Web for tote
Contemporary Examples of tote
We regret the interpretation of this tote's design and apologize for any misunderstanding.Lorraine Schwartz Designed Kim Kardashian’s Engagement Ring; New York Passes Labor Law to Protect Child Models
The Fashion Beast Team
October 22, 2013
The resulting product is a “clutch that pulls out and becomes a tote.”J. Crew’s Best Accessories from Fall 2013
Misty White Sidell
February 13, 2013
The dark-suited security guys rushed forward to tote the offenders from the room.The NRA: From Awful to Even Worse
December 22, 2012
One year, each competitor had to tote around not only a tree stump but also a bicycle frame for hours.Vermont’s Amazing, Grueling, Traumatic Race
June 22, 2011
Browning also revealed the unassuming party favors: tote bags and calendars.Wedding Kicks Off!
July 30, 2010
Historical Examples of tote
Can you get yourself home from this spot, or shall I borrow a wheelbarrow and tote you there?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
"You'll have to tote them there things," he swiftly explained.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Pluto had to just about tote him home––following the dogs at his age, the idea!The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
Craig was making his way along the tote road in a buckboard, with a driver.
The tote road was rough and rocky and the equipage was light.
- (tr) to carry, convey, or drag
- the act of or an instance of toting
- something toted
Word Origin for tote
"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.