Word of the Day: tote

 
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Word of the Day
 
November 12, 2015
 
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A tote, or tote bag, is a large shopping bag, usually made of fabric. As a verb, tote means 'to carry or transport something heavy' or 'to hold something, usually in your arms.'
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Example sentences
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I like to help the planet by taking my tote to the shops instead of using plastic bags.
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After Susan toted the boxes to the front door, she was ready to move out of her apartment.
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Gary totes a gun when he is working as a security guard.
 
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Additional Information
 
The Tote is the name of a British betting system used in horse races.
 
Did you know?
 
The slang word totes, mainly used by young people, is a shortened version of the adverb totally and does not come from the noun or verb tote. Example: "I totes want to help you, but I don't have time." It can also mean 'definitely': "Are you going to the party tomorrow night?" "Totes!" You won't find this word in many established dictionaries, but it is common.
Origin
 
The word tote dates back to the 1670s, but its origin is not known. It is believed to have been used in America first.
 
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