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 total number of doses received in the state, including through federal programs, rose Monday by 4,770 to 1,823,880. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, "State reports 44 new covid cases," 5 Apr. 2021 My total number appears to be high because of a high amount of the good HDL. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, "Dear Doctor: Definitely avoid these pain pills if your kidney function is low," 5 Apr. 2021 Lake County saw 57 new cases of COVID-19 raising the total number of cases to 50,349, according to the data. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Hammond extends mask mandate, as COVID-19 hospitalizations tick upward," 5 Apr. 2021 The total number of shots administered amounted to about 85.3 percent of the 4,619,870 doses shipped to providers in the state so far, the Department of Public Health said. BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. reports 37,376 new COVID-19 vaccinations," 5 Apr. 2021 While the legislation passed formally adheres to the spending cap, the reality is that the growth of mandatory expenses in the midst of a pandemic will cause total spending to skyrocket past the limits set under the constitution. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The Week Brazil Went Off the Rails," 4 Apr. 2021 Plans for the second phase, including the total number of houses, haven’t been completed yet, Ratterree said. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "The booming housing market has made West Boynton a hot spot," 4 Apr. 2021 But Republicans estimated that only 9% of its total spending was directly related to the outbreak. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Biden's plan for infrastructure and everything else," 1 Apr. 2021 But because the state is well-off, this rather middling effort translates into the 10th-highest per household total government spending, adjusted for price levels. D.j. Tice, Star Tribune, "You know the story on Minnesota's taxing, spending results — don't you?," 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kole Ramage struck out another UALR batter to bring his strikeout total to five. Matt Jones, Arkansas Online, "LIVE UPDATES: Arkansas vs. UALR Game 1," 7 Apr. 2021 That allocation will bring the U.S. total to more than 90 million doses distributed in the past three weeks. Russ Bynum And Michelle R. Smith, Anchorage Daily News, "Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states," 7 Apr. 2021 Ten years ago, that total had jumped to 69% globally. Randall Lane, Forbes, "Operation Wealth Speed: What A Record Number Of New, Self-Made Billionaires Says About Capitalism," 6 Apr. 2021 The combined wealth of the world's billionaires as of March 2021 is some $13.1 trillion -- up from $8 trillion total in March 2020. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "Wealth of world's billionaires rose $5 trillion amid pandemic, Forbes list finds," 6 Apr. 2021 The number of new vaccinations bounced back from Monday’s total of 37,376. BostonGlobe.com, "With 81,281 new COVID-19 vaccinations, Mass. passes 4 million shots in arms," 6 Apr. 2021 The total topped 100,000 on Aug. 9, 250,000 on Nov. 8, 500,000 on Dec. 8, and 1 million on March 22. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Ohio coronavirus cases up 16.5% in last week; hospital patient count highest since March 2 - see latest statewide, county trends," 6 Apr. 2021 But Georgia’s is more expansive, with a minimum of 17 days of early voting — and a provision allowing counties to request two additional Sunday voting days can bring the total to 19 days. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Moving the MLB All-Star Game to Denver Makes Zero Sense," 6 Apr. 2021 Miles Boykin, who finished with 266 receiving yards total, and Willie Snead IV, who signed a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "For Ravens WR Sammy Watkins, a new opportunity and a familiar fit," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This season, under a pay-reduction agreement related to financial problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamilton agreed to a 15% cut that will total more than $280,000 for his current contract year and $337,500 overall. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "Florida State men's basketball coach Leonard Hamilton tops coaches earning sizable bonuses," 7 Apr. 2021 Once prompted by the hints, users are instructed to collect eight pictures total and pick up a prize at the Landmark Museum or the Visitor Information Center. Chloe Bennett, Dallas News, "Augmented reality app lets users explore Garland’s hidden history," 6 Apr. 2021 The Internal Revenue Service said tax refunds that total $1.3 billion are owed to people who have not filed a 2017 federal income tax return. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Big money awaits many who forgot to file 2017 tax returns," 5 Apr. 2021 However, landowners were given control of pronghorn harvest on their properties over the last eight hunting seasons in experimental areas near Dalhart and Pampa, swaths of land that total about 1.2 million acres. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, "Big changes coming to Texas' 2021-22 hunting seasons," 1 Apr. 2021 The Biden proposals will total between $3 trillion and $4 trillion, senior administration officials previously told CNN. Matt Egan, CNN, "'Immediate and drastic.' The climate crisis is seriously spooking economists," 30 Mar. 2021 Day care expenses can now total more than $15,000 per year, not including the cost of diapers and wipes, officials said. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Connecticut lawmakers OK use of public campaign funds for candidates’ child care expenses," 29 Mar. 2021 State health officials reported Monday that 1,031 cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the state total up to 409,075 cases since officials began tracking the virus in March 2020. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations in Carroll County continue steady rise," 29 Mar. 2021 State health officials reported 1,031 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the state total up to 409,075 cases since officials began tracking the virus in March 2020. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland adds 1,000 new COVID cases for sixth straight day," 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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, "Notre Dame football remains No. 2 in playoff, schedule changes," 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, "California teachers push to be near front of COVID vaccine line," 14 Dec. 2020 Everyone knowing at least a little about Giants franchise history knows 660 is Willie Mays’ home run total. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "The case of Willie Mays’ missing HR: Will he get credit for Negro League blast?," 20 Dec. 2020 The Utah Board of Education has 15 seats total, but only about half are up for election every two years to stagger the terms. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Republicans win 8 of 9 open seats on Utah Board of Education," 4 Nov. 2020 Bassitt had allowed one home run total and completed at least six innings in his previous five starts, including Game 2 of the first round. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Chris Bassitt laments pitch location in ‘rough’ Game 1 start," 5 Oct. 2020 Democrats need to net four seats total to retake the majority. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Joni Ernst's Supreme Court flip-flop may provide opening for Democratic challenger in key Senate race," 1 Oct. 2020 The Brewers wound up allowing two hits total and collected a franchise-record 13 extra base hits themselves, including Tyrone Taylor's first career home run to cap it off against position player Travis Demeritte. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These were among the 11 biggest highlights for Milwaukee in a strange 2020 MLB season," 28 Sep. 2020 Vucevic, who needed just two games against the Bucks to surpass his playoff scoring total from last year, has been more decisive with his decision-making and shot selection. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, "Nikola Vucevic playing his best basketball when Magic need it most," 23 Aug. 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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“Total.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/total. Accessed 18 Apr. 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

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
US : 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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