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tote (v.)

"to carry," 1670s, of unknown origin; originally attested in Virginia, but OED discounts the popular theory of its origin in a West African language (such as Kikongo tota "pick up," Kimbundu tuta "carry, load," related to Swahili tuta "pile up, carry"). Related: Toted; toting. Tote bag is first recorded 1900.

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Definitions of tote from WordNet
1
tote (v.)
carry with difficulty;
Synonyms: lug / tug
2
tote (n.)
a capacious bag or basket;
Synonyms: carryall / holdall / tote bag
From wordnet.princeton.edu