In aggregate – definition of in aggregate by The Free Dictionary




1. Constituting or amounting to a whole; total: aggregate sales in that market.

2. Botany Crowded or massed into a dense cluster.

3. Composed of a mixture of minerals separable by mechanical means.


1. A total considered with reference to its constituent parts; a gross amount: “An empire is the aggregate of many states under one common head” (Edmund Burke).

2. The mineral materials, such as sand or stone, used in making concrete.

v. (-gāt′) ag·gre·gat·ed, ag·gre·gat·ing, ag·gre·gates

1. To gather into a mass, sum, or whole: aggregated the donations into one bank account.

2. To amount to; total: Revenues will aggregate more than one million dollars.

3. To collect (content from different sources on the internet) into one webpage or newsreader.


To come together or collect in a mass or whole: “Some [bacteria]aggregate so closely as to mimic a multicellular organism” (Gina Kolata). “The first stars began to form when hydrogen and helium gas left over from the Big Bang aggregated into dense clouds” (Paul Davies).


in the aggregate

Taken into account as a whole: Unit sales for December amounted in the aggregate to 100,000.

[Middle English aggregat, from Latin aggregātus, past participle of aggregāre, to add to : ad-, ad- + gregāre, to collect (from grex, greg-, flock; see ger- in Indo-European roots).]

ag′gre·gate·ly adv.

ag′gre·ga′tion n.

ag′gre·ga′tive adj.

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1. formed of separate units collected into a whole; collective; corporate

2. (Botany) (of fruits and flowers) composed of a dense cluster of carpels or florets


3. a sum or assemblage of many separate units; sum total

4. (Geological Science) geology a rock, such as granite, consisting of a mixture of minerals

5. (Building) the sand and stone mixed with cement and water to make concrete

6. (Botany) 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


8. to combine or be combined into a body, etc

9. (tr) to amount to (a number)

[C16: from Latin aggregāre to add to a flock or herd, attach (oneself) to, from grex flock]

ˈaggregately adv

aggregative adj

ˈaggreˌgatively adv

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(adj., n. ˈæg rɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt; v. -ˌgeɪt)

adj., n., v. -gat•ed, -gat•ing. adj.

1. formed by the conjunction or collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; total; combined.


a. (of a flower) formed of florets collected in a dense cluster but not cohering, as the daisy.

b. (of a fruit) composed of a cluster of carpels belonging to the same flower, as the raspberry.

3. (of a rock) consisting of a mixture of minerals separable by mechanical means.


4. a sum, mass, or assemblage of particulars; a total or gross amount.

5. any of various loose, particulate materials, as sand, gravel, or pebbles, added to a cementing agent to make concrete, plaster, etc.


6. to bring together; collect into one sum, mass, or body.

7. to amount to (the number of).


8. to combine and form a collection or mass.


in the aggregate, considered as a whole.

[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin aggregātus, past participle of aggregāre to join together]

ag′gre•gate•ly, adv.

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