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total

adjective to·tal \ ˈtō-tᵊl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of total

1 :comprising or constituting a whole :entire
  • the total amount
2 :absolute, utter
  • a total failure
  • a total stranger
3 :involving a complete and unified effort especially to achieve a desired effect
  • total war
  • total theater

Examples of total in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of total

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

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

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total

noun

Definition of total

1 :a product of addition :sum
2 :an entire quantity :amount

Examples of total in a Sentence

  1. a total of 25 square miles

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

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First Known Use of total

1557

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total

verb

Definition of total

totaled or totalled; totaling or totalling
transitive verb
1 :to add up :compute
2 :to amount to :number
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 in a Sentence

  1. He carefully totaled the bill.

  2. two and two total four

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First Known Use of total

1716


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total

adverb

Definition of total

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First Known Use of total

1601

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TOTAL Defined for English Language Learners

total

adjective

Definition of total for English Language Learners

  • : complete or absolute

  • : after everything or everyone is counted


total

noun

Definition of total for English Language Learners

  • : the number or amount of everything counted


total

verb

Definition of total for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TOTAL Defined for Kids

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total

adjective to·tal \ ˈtō-tᵊl \

Definition of total for Students

1 :being such to the fullest degree
  • total ruin
2 :making up the whole
  • I collected the total amount.
3 :of or relating to the whole of something
  • a total eclipse of the sun
4 :making use of every means to do something
  • total war

totally

adverb

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total

noun

Definition of total for Students

:the entire number or amount counted :sum

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total

verb

Definition of total for Students

totaled or totalled; totaling or totalling
1 :to add up
  • Did you total the scores?
2 :to amount to :number
  • Donations totaled five hundred dollars.


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