total

adjective
to·​tal | \ ˈtō-tᵊl How to pronounce total (audio) \

Definition of total

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

total

noun

Definition of total (Entry 2 of 4)

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

total

verb
totaled or totalled; totaling or totalling

Definition of total (Entry 3 of 4)

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

total

adverb

Definition of total (Entry 4 of 4)

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Adjective

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

Examples of total in a Sentence

Adjective a total lack of support a total eclipse of the sun He demanded total control of the project. What was the total amount of the bill? the total number of words The country has a total population of about 100 million. Noun a total of 25 square miles that's the total for our wheat harvest this year Verb He carefully totaled the bill. two and two total four
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The second measure used data from the federal government’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) to compile the total number of undergraduates who went on to earn Ph.D.s over the last three years. Christian Kreznar, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 There were also continuing signs of recovery, however, as the total number of people without electricity has fallen from more than a million at its peak, while hundreds of thousands of people have had their water restored. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 8 Sep. 2021 The numbers below do not represent the total number of variant cases. Drake Bentley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 There were also persistent signs of recovery, however, as the total number of people without electricity has fallen from more than a million at its peak, while hundreds of thousands of people have had their water restored. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Additional property loss has been reported in the north end of Dixie Valley, bringing the total number of structures destroyed by the fire to 1,282, officials said. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Most of the 40,000 refugees who have arrived from the flights out of Kabul are Afghans, and the total number is expected to surpass 50,000 in the coming days and weeks, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Friday. Danielle Duclos, ABC News, 7 Sep. 2021 There were also continuing signs of recovery, however, as the total number of people without electricity has fallen from more than a million at its peak, while hundreds of thousands of people have had their water restored. Kevin Mcgill And Melinda Deslatte, chicagotribune.com, 7 Sep. 2021 The Orlando VA healthcare system has also recorded the largest total number of COVID-19 cases of any VA, 7,167. Caroline Catherman, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Wadsworth City Schools reported the sixth-highest total, with 71 new infections among students and six among the staff. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 The rapper now stands as the artist with the fifth-most top 40 wins ever, with 68 total. Hugh Mcintyre, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The triumph equaled last season's total and surpassed their disappointing two-win effort of 2019. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021 Texas doctors, women assess state's 'near-total' ban on abortions. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 The number of monthly positive cases was the fourth-highest total since the start of the pandemic. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 9 Sep. 2021 Last week the Sun Devils gave up just 78 yards rushing on 26 tries by Southern Utah — a minimal total that helped land junior nose tackle D.J. Davidson Pac-12 Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 9 Sep. 2021 The Wildecats exploded for a girls program-record team total, as Shreya Suresh set the pace with a career-high 23 points. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Little Big Town landed their 16th nod for vocal group of the year, a total topped only by Alabama, with 21 nods in that category. Paul Grein, Billboard, 9 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Industry sources project ad spending for the category could total $100 million over the next 12 months. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The penalties for Kloosterboer alone total $25 million, the complaint says. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2021 The number on Wednesday was still smaller by 773 than the active case total a week earlier and down from a seven-month high of 25,735 that the number reached Aug. 15. Andy Davis, Arkansas Online, 2 Sep. 2021 Ponder each question, Kyle, with the help of my totally impartial study-guide thoughts, total up the Jimmys and Treys, and viola! Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Sep. 2021 Heat a small amount of olive oil in a skillet and sauté the cakes, turning several times, until golden brown, about 8 minutes total on each side. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 31 Aug. 2021 That was 16% of the nationwide weekend total from only 1% of screens. Patrick Frater, Variety, 29 Aug. 2021 Rainfall accumulation during the storm may total 8 to 16 inches from southeast Louisiana to southern Mississippi through Monday, with isolated amounts of 20 inches possible, the NHC said. Travis Caldwell And Michael Guy, CNN, 29 Aug. 2021 Biden visited Capitol Hill a day after a group of Democrats said their social program bill, which Democrats plan to enact on a strict party-line vote, would total $3.5 trillion. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Brinson drove a fastball from Tylor Megill into the Mets bullpen in right-center for his fourth homer of the season, and the 4-0 lead matched Miami’s run total from the entire series against the Yankees. Mallory Schnell, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Abbott had a double-digit strikeout total in six of his 17 starts. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 24 July 2021 Here’s a scary thought: In each of the past four seasons, Titans RB Derrick Henry has improved his yards-per-carry average and his rushing yards total - last year rolling up 2,027 to become the eighth member of Club 2K. Michael Lerseth, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 May 2021 Nelson Cruz's career home run total after a 439-footer in the eighth inning, giving him sole possession of the 52nd spot on MLB's all-time list. The Numbers, Star Tribune, 1 May 2021 The fire struck as the world struggled with the biggest new weekly coronavirus case total yet, in a pandemic that has stretched well into its second year. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2021 The fire struck as the world struggled with the biggest new weekly coronavirus case total yet, in a pandemic that has stretched well into its second year. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2021 And the most games OSU could play total, even picking up a cross-divisional game on Dec. 19, would be six. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2021 California expects to receive its first shipment of 327,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine shortly and about 2.16 million doses total by the end of the month, Newsom said last week. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of total

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for total

Adjective

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

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The first known use of total was in the 14th century

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10 Sep 2021

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“Total.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/total. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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total

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of total

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: complete or absolute
: after everything or everyone is counted

total

noun

English Language Learners Definition of total (Entry 2 of 3)

: the number or amount of everything counted : sum

total

verb

English Language Learners Definition of total (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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

adjective
to·​tal | \ ˈtō-tᵊl How to pronounce total (audio) \

Kids Definition of total

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

Other Words from total

totally adverb

total

noun

Kids Definition of total (Entry 2 of 3)

: the entire number or amount counted : sum

total

verb
totaled or totalled; totaling or totalling

Kids Definition of total (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to add up Did you total the scores?
2 : to amount to : number Donations totaled five hundred dollars.

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