aggregate

To aggregate is to collect many units into one. If you're writing a novel, you might create a character who is an aggregate of five or six real people.

Aggregate comes from the Latin verb aggregare, which means to add to. As a verb it means to collect into a mass or whole. You can also use it as an adjective, as in your aggregate sales for February, March and April. It can also be a noun. The mountain of foam in bubble bath is an aggregate of small bubbles. If you plan to work in economics or business, expect to see the word aggregate quite a lot.

Definitions of aggregate
  1. noun
    a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together
    synonyms: congeries, conglomeration
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    type of:
    sum, sum total, summation
    the final aggregate
  2. noun
    the whole amount
    synonyms: sum, total, totality
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    type of:
    unit, whole
    an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
  3. noun
    material such as sand or gravel used with cement and water to make concrete, mortar, or plaster
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    type of:
    material, stuff
    the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
  4. adjective
    formed of separate units gathered into a mass or whole
    aggregate expenses include expenses of all divisions combined for the entire year”
    synonyms: aggregated, aggregative, mass
    collective
    forming a whole or aggregate
  5. adjective
    composed of a dense cluster of separate units such as carpels or florets or drupelets
    “raspberries are aggregate fruits”
    Synonyms:
    multiple
    having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual
  6. verb
    gather in a mass, sum, or whole
    synonyms: combine
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    types:
    unitise, unitize
    make into a unit
    type of:
    amalgamate, commix, mingle, mix, unify
    to bring or combine together or with something else
  7. verb
    amount in the aggregate to
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    type of:
    add up, amount, come
    develop into
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