total

adjective
to·​tal | \ ˈtō-tᵊl \

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 blingy hoops are .17 carats total, and come in white, yellow, rose, and black gold. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "You Can Buy Meghan Markle's Christmas Jewelry," 28 Dec. 2018 These three adjectives–plus the slightly more specific demand for a blue kitchen–left Albanese with total freedom for the design. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018 Bitcoin is down more than 80 percent from its December 2017 high, and the total market value of all cryptocurrency, currently about $111 billion, has fallen 87 percent from its early January high of $827 billion. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Inside the $21 billion market to track your every move," 11 Dec. 2018 Through the first of 2018, the total stood at less than 20,000. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Single-family rental companies turn to Opendoor, Offerpad for new inventory," 3 Dec. 2018 Bloomberg estimates that superyacht owners pay about 10 percent of the boat’s total value in upkeep each year, meaning that a $500 million boat like Geffen’s would cost at least $50 million per year to maintain. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "What are rich people buying now? Superyachts, apparently.," 8 Nov. 2018 Between the two missions, the instrument has identified more than 2,600 planets — two-thirds of the total exoplanet discoveries scientists have made to date. Meghan Bartels, Space.com, "NASA's Aging Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Is Struggling to See Straight," 1 Oct. 2018 The total value of that potential deal amounts to $330 million. Lucas Tomlinson, Fox News, "North Korea remains 'significant' nuclear threat, Trump pick for top US general in South Korea says," 25 Sep. 2018 Though Ultimate has dozens more new items, their sum-total impact is pretty much the same as in other Smash games. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Boeing is the Pentagon’s second-biggest supplier after Lockheed Martin Corp , supplying jet fighters, surveillance planes, helicopters, missiles and space launchers which generated almost $17 billion in sales in total last year. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Mattis Successor Had Long Career at Boeing," 23 Dec. 2018 According to the study, the meadow can hold 27.4 million tons in total. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Barrier Reef's Seagrass Is an Amazing Carbon Sink," 18 Dec. 2018 In total, these new features are meant to make Uber’s Jump e-bikes more resilient, easier to use, and less in need of constant repairs. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber’s new Jump e-bikes are easier to charge and harder to vandalize," 18 Dec. 2018 There are 31 pieces in total, including rings, earrings, belts, and necklaces that will range from $50-$400. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Rihanna-Approved DJ Sita Abellan Launches Her Own Jewelry Line," 6 Dec. 2018 The Marriot hotel chain has announced a major database breach that could affect anyone who stayed at its 6,700 worldwide Starwood hotel properties since 2014—up to 500 million people in total. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Marriott Starwood hotel data breach FAQ: What 500 million hacked guests need to know," 30 Nov. 2018 In total, nearly 20 costumes are on display, with Dresbach's favorite being one of Brianna's looks from later this season. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "New SCAD Exhibit Offers Outlander Fans the Chance to See This Season's Costumes Before They Air," 18 Nov. 2018 Her wedding tiara has nearly 1,000 diamonds in total and was initially purchased from Cartier in 1936 as an anniversary gift from King George VI to his wife. Glamour, "Kate Middleton Has Only Worn a Tiara Seven Times—See Them All Here," 23 Oct. 2018 Mostly Turkish or Kurdish-run, around 20,000 kebab shops are scattered across the U.K. in total—all easily identifiable, thanks to the trunk of meat that slowly revolves on a skewer in the window. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter To The Döner Kebab," 1 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

China’s official data said revenue from mills totaled $5.6 trillion from 2001 through 2017. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "How China Built a Steel Behemoth and Convulsed World Trade," 24 Dec. 2018 Roast, rotating pan after 20 minutes, until golden brown and tender, 27 to 35 minutes total. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Roasted Acorn Squash With Pomegranate Relish," 30 Nov. 2018 There have been more than 20,000 protests since President Trump took office, according to data from the Crowd Counting Consortium, involving close to 21 million people total from nearly every part of the country. Sean Illing, Vox, "How to protest Trump," 8 Nov. 2018 The options are: * Manually tabulating the report totals from ballot scanners. baltimoresun.com, "FAQ: What you need to know about the Baltimore County recount," 10 July 2018 Kalantzis, owner of King’s Roast Beef in Salem, failed to report receipts and expenses totaling $855,000 from 2011 to 2015, officials said. Jackson Cote, BostonGlobe.com, "Salem restaurant owner pleads guilty to failing to pay $383,000 in taxes," 9 July 2018 There will be 176 riders total from countries all over the world including five Americans cycling in the 2018 Tour de France. Gina Martinez, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Tour de France," 6 July 2018 Eight Ramona nonprofits received Community Enhancement grants totaling $251,806 from the county’s Transient Occupancy Tax revenue. Joe Naiman, Ramona Sentinel, "Eight nonprofits receive $251,806 in hotel tax money," 3 July 2018 The company said revenue for the quarter totaled $124.8 million in Canadian dollars, more than doubling the $51.1 million total from last year. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Canada Goose soars on parka sales and China expansion, topping Wall Street forecasts," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The ministry is proposing total defense spending of around $47.7 billion for the fiscal year starting in April, excluding funds to support U.S. forces in Japan. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan to Spend Billions on U.S. Missile-Defense System," 31 Aug. 2018 Others have estimated that the lawsuits total above 1,600. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Blockbuster drug Abilify nears Judgment Day over compulsive gambling, sex," 3 Aug. 2018 Season with salt and pepper and roast, tossing after 12 minutes, until golden brown and tender, 20 to 25 minutes total; fold in baby kale and reserved bread cubes. Anna Helm Baxter, Good Housekeeping, "Roasted Squash Panzanella," 24 Oct. 2018 There were 48 stops total resulting in eight arrests and 19 verbal warnings. Olivia King, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State Police ticket crackdown targets Southfield," 3 July 2018 He was charged with two earned runs total after LH Tom Windle (W, 4-2) pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief. Nick Tricome, Philly.com, "Phillies minor league report: Lehigh Valley, Reading sweep doubleheaders," 27 May 2018 The Angels already have used 11 pitchers to start games and 25 pitchers total, the most ever for the franchise through the first 74 games of a season. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Angels' Tyler Skaggs misses start over hamstring issue," 22 June 2018 Israel predicts that writing and following up on this letter will take your lawyer about three hours total, billed in five or ten-minute increments (so, somewhere between $400 and $900). Charlotte Cowles, The Cut, "My Ex Boyfriend Owes Me $10,000. How Do I Get Him to Pay Me Back?," 7 June 2018 There were six styles total, ranging in price from $100 to $400—and, notably to many, featured the brand’s name, in lowercase, on the outside. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "How Kate Spade Built an Empire: A Timeline," 6 June 2018

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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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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

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 \

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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