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adjective to·tal \ˈtō-təl\

Simple Definition of total

  • : complete or absolute

  • : after everything or everyone is counted

Full Definition of total

  1. 1 :  comprising or constituting a whole :  entire <the total amount>

  2. 2 :  absolute, utter <a total failure> <a total stranger>

  3. 3 :  involving a complete and unified effort especially to achieve a desired effect <total war> <total theater>

Examples of total

  1. a total lack of support

  2. a total eclipse of the sun

  3. He demanded total control of the project.

  4. What was the total amount of the bill?

  5. the total number of words

  6. The country has a total population of about 100 million.



Origin of total

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin totalis, from Latin totus whole, entire


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of total

whole, entire, total, all mean including everything or everyone without exception. whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away <read the whole book>. entire may suggest a state of completeness or perfection to which nothing can be added <the entire population was wiped out>. total implies that everything has been counted, weighed, measured, or considered <the total number of people present>. all may equal whole, entire, or total <all proceeds go to charity>.

Rhymes with total


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total

noun to·tal

Simple Definition of total

  • : the number or amount of everything counted

Full Definition of total

  1. 1 :  a product of addition :  sum

  2. 2 :  an entire quantity :  amount

Examples of total

  1. a total of 25 square miles

  2. <that's the total for our wheat harvest this year>



1557

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total

adverb to·tal

Definition of total

  1. :  totally



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total

transitive verb to·tal

Simple Definition of total

  • : to produce (a total) when added together

  • : to add numbers together to find out the total

  • : to damage (something, such as a car) so badly that it is not worth repairing

Full Definition of total

to·taled or to·talledto·tal·ing or to·tal·ling

  1. 1 :  to add up :  compute

  2. 2 :  to amount to :  number

  3. 3 :  to make a total wreck of :  demolish; specifically :  to damage so badly that the cost of repairs exceeds the market value of the vehicle <totaled the car>

Examples of total

  1. He carefully totaled the bill.

  2. <two and two total four>



1716

First Known Use of total

1716

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