Meaning of aggregate

ag•gre•gate

Pronunciation: (adj., n.ag'ri-git, -gāt"v.ag'ri-gāt"), [key]
— 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: the aggregate amount of indebtedness.
    1. (of a flower) formed of florets collected in a dense cluster but not cohering, as the daisy.
    2. (of a fruit) composed of a cluster of carpels belonging to the same flower, as the raspberry.
  2. (of a rock) consisting of a mixture of minerals separable by mechanical means.
—n.
  1. a sum, mass, or assemblage of particulars; a total or gross amount: the aggregate of all past experience.
  2. a cluster of soil granules not larger than a small crumb.
  3. any of various loose, particulate materials, as sand, gravel, or pebbles, added to a cementing agent to make concrete, plaster, etc.
  4. set (def. 110).
  5. taken or considered as a whole: In the aggregate, our losses have been relatively small.
—v.t.
  1. to bring together; collect into one sum, mass, or body.
  2. to amount to (the number of&hasp;): The guns captured will aggregate five or six hundred.
—v.i.
  1. to combine and form a collection or mass.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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