Definition of aggregate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaɡriɡət/
1A whole formed by combining several (typically disparate) elements: the council was an aggregate of three regional assemblies
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  • In fact, you do not find any ‘self,’ and so you come to know that neither the whole aggregate of form nor any part of it is the self.
  • According to Leibniz, the whole world is an aggregate of monads.
  • Because each record represented a separate loan, aggregates of multiple loans were matched with individual social security numbers.
1.1The total number of points scored by a player or team in a series of sporting contests: the result put the sides even on aggregate
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  • On their way to the 1991 African Cup Winners Cup triumph over BCC Lions of Nigeria, Power beat Rivatex 4-3 on aggregate in the first round.
  • Freuberg won 4-0 to advance 4-2 on aggregate to the third round.
  • With five minutes to go the score was 6-4 and the teams were level on aggregate.
2A material or structure formed from a loosely compacted mass of fragments or particles.
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  • Soil particles are bound together into aggregates and these influence the precise pore structure of the soil.
  • Polysaccharides help form humus, which enables small clay or silt particles to stick together to form larger aggregates.
  • Marcasite, when viewed in hand specimen, tends to form crudely banded masses or massive aggregates.
collection, mass, agglomeration, conglomerate, assemblage;
mixture, mix, combination, blend, accumulation;
2.1Pieces of broken or crushed stone or gravel used to make concrete, or more generally in building and construction work.
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  • But recovered concrete can be crushed and used as road gravel or aggregate.
  • Brits also appear to have an long term fascination with types of paving surfaces, so you could find yourself tripping on stone, brick, aggregate, concrete, rock or blocks.
  • The original structural system, including the roof, was entirely cast-in-place reinforced concrete using normal-weight aggregate.


1Formed or calculated by the combination of many separate units or items; total: the aggregate amount of grants made
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  • Nevertheless, the results suggest that it would be of biotechnological interest to separate the aggregate subclasses and use the lower complexity aggregates in refolding protocols.
  • He asked them to determine whether there were any separate or aggregate health issues that would mean General Pinochet was unfit to stand trial in Spain.
  • This aggregate amount represents an increase of 25 per cent in Commonwealth Government funding to those three categories of schools.
total, combined, gross, overall, composite
1.1 Botany (Of a group of species) comprising several very similar species formerly regarded as a single species.
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  • Rifai (1969) adopted the concept of ‘aggregate’ species, and distinguished nine ‘species aggregates’, and admitted that some of them (particularly T. hamatum) likely contain two or more morphologically indistinguishable species.
  • If treated as a variety of the aggregate species D. intermedia, the New Zealand plant must bear the varietal name of norfolkensis, whether it occurs elsewhere or not.
  • Some chromosomal variation is evident in the New Zealand members of the K. ericoides complex, which helps to support the recognition of additional taxa within this aggregate species.
1.2 Economics Denoting the total supply or demand for goods and services in an economy at a particular time: aggregate demand aggregate supply
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  • The notion that economies, as a whole, sometimes lack sufficient drive derives from a faulty set of economic doctrines that focus on the demand side of the aggregate economy.
  • What we have mostly, to this day, are single-market analyses, or aggregate models of the entire economy, such as the monetary models used today
  • Sichel, however, shows that even the growing share of the service sector is not enough to substantially raise measurement errors for the aggregate economy.


Pronunciation: /ˈaɡrəˌɡāt/
1Form or group into a class or cluster: [no object]: the butterflies aggregate in dense groups
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  • It will enable the Government to fudge things much more because the output classes can be aggregated with this legislation.
  • Sensor nodes are aggregated to form clusters based on their power levels and proximity.
  • Yet aggregating the collective wisdom and putting a probability on it is a very valuable function in itself.
1.1 Computing Collect (related items of content) so as to display or link to them: tools that aggregate data from all of the security devices are a good first step
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  • The RPR network aggregates the packet traffic from around the ring onto one or more highly concentrated links connecting to the network edge.
  • For the best performance, large numbers of drives can be connected and their data aggregated into a larger host interface.
  • The standardized format makes it easier to collect business information at multiple points in the business process and easily aggregate data elements into meaningful business information.


in (the) aggregate

In total; as a whole.
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  • The rich are probably getting richer but the poor are also doing a little better, on the whole and in the aggregate.
  • You've got winners and losers - but in aggregate it's a total myth to say the industry is fabulously profitable.
  • But, if a company is a legal person, and the knowledge of its officials is its knowledge, can that knowledge be aggregated and, in the aggregate, constitute the mens rea for a crime?



Pronunciation: /ˈaɡrəˌɡādiv/
Example sentences
  • He is among the most ‘museal’ of contemporary poets, and his aggregative and anthological oeuvre now comprises a dozen volumes in which the voices and stories of the high-cultural past reconvene.
  • Memory does not proceed by the accumulation or collage of fragments, but according to a structuring, aggregative grammar; according to already-visited configurations.
  • Fourth, the conventional focus on overall living standards is too aggregative to pay adequate attention to the importance of specific freedoms.


Late Middle English: from Latin aggregat- 'herded together', from the verb aggregare, from ad- 'toward' + grex, greg- 'a flock'.

  • congregate from Late Middle English:

    The Latin word for a herd or flock was grex, giving congregare, meaning ‘to collect into a herd or flock, to unite’. Gregarious (mid 17th century), meaning ‘fond of company’, is also descended from grex, as are aggregate (Late Middle English) ‘herd together’; egregious (mid 16th century) ‘standing out from the herd’ and originally complimentary; and segregation (mid 16th century) ‘set apart from the herd’.

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Syllabification: ag·gre·gate

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