the sum total

noun

: the whole amount : the entire total of something
usually + of
The sum total of the payments will be $28,000.
That's the sum total of what I know about cars.

Examples of the sum total in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And such valuations are based on the sum total of economic intelligence collected by local and international investors. Ruchir Sharma, Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2014 Those beans in your kitchen are the sum total of a complex series of interactions between international corporations, roasters, shippers, marketers, wholesalers, and even the growers who put the seeds in the ground. Jaina Grey, WIRED, 7 Mar. 2024 But the sum total of Ruscha’s work, its intelligence, sophistication and graphic excellence, is consistently impressive. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2023 That number, the sum total of all of Google’s search distribution deals, came out during the Justice Department’s cross-examination of Google’s search head, Prabhakar Raghavan. David Pierce, The Verge, 27 Oct. 2023 Yet fewer categories contributing to the sum total doesn’t necessarily guarantee lower costs. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 9 July 2023 My true friends, a number less than the sum total of my not-so-nimble fingers, all would. Teresa M. Hanafin, BostonGlobe.com, 3 May 2023 Between now and June 1 - the date by which the Treasury Department could run out of sufficient cash - President Joe Biden and members of the House and Senate are scheduled to be in town at the same time for the sum total of one week. Steven T. Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2023 So, the sum total of all the activities that one does, which lead to the release of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, is known as the carbon footprint. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 26 Apr. 2023

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“The sum total.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20sum%20total. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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