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



Definition of total (Entry 2 of 4)

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


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



Definition of total (Entry 4 of 4)

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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 Barker's nine rebounds, including four on the offensive end, led Alabama, which had 23 offensive boards total. al, "Alabama girls all-star basketball team wins 3rd straight against Mississippi," 14 Mar. 2020 Accordingly, the number of total people infected with the virus is likely severely underreported. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "House passes emergency coronavirus package to boost testing and help sick and idled workers," 14 Mar. 2020 The $1 million, Grade 2 Rebel (6:23 p.m. EDT post time) at Oaklawn Park will offer 85 total points in the Kentucky Derby points race, with 50 going to the winner, 20 to second place, 10 to third and five to fourth. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "What to know about Saturday's 2 prep races for the Kentucky Derby," 13 Mar. 2020 And that's just sales lost in markets like China—which only generates 3% of its total sales—Japan, and Europe. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Gap Inc pegs coronavirus losses at $100 million and counting," 13 Mar. 2020 South Africa announced eight new cases Friday, bringing its total to 24. Washington Post, "Virus cases ramping up in Africa, which is racing to prepare," 13 Mar. 2020 Prices, already on a downward trend, have collapsed 30% in less than a week, bringing the total fall to nearly 50% since highs in early January. Scott L. Montgomery, The Conversation, "The oil shock of 2020 appears to be here – and the pain could be wide and deep," 13 Mar. 2020 If the number of global cases peaks at 1 million and the U.S. total tops out at 50,000 to 100,000, Zandi reckons the U.S. could avoid a recession. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "The coronavirus economy: As Americans shy away from malls and movie theaters, the damage to livelihoods grows," 13 Mar. 2020 Both Gucci and Versace have called off their cruise collection shows, which were set to take place in May, with other labels facing difficulties due to Italy’s recent total lockdown. Braden Bjella, Teen Vogue, "Met Gala 2020 Is Now “Under Review” Due to Coronavirus," 13 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun South Korea has seen the largest outbreak outside of China, reporting 256 new cases Friday for a total of 2,022. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tokyo Disney Resort Closes Due to Coronavirus," 28 Feb. 2020 On Thursday, D’Mitrik Trice, Micah Potter and Aleem Ford combined to hit 10 of 15 three-pointers and 23 of 36 shots overall for a total of 64 points. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin 81, Michigan 74: The Badgers keep rolling with another impressive road victory," 27 Feb. 2020 As of 26 February, the city had a total of 93 confirmed cases; 2848 close contacts have been quarantined for 2 weeks. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Singapore claims first use of antibody test to track coronavirus infections," 27 Feb. 2020 The jet has a total of 76 beds and offers a variety of rooms, including dorm rooms with multiple beds, single rooms, and even suites, such as: The Cockpit Suite and The Black Box Suite, both equipped with double beds. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Out-Of-Service Boeing 747 Jet Was Turned Into a Chic Hostel and The Rooms Are Pretty Fly," 26 Feb. 2020 The judge also has the option of sentencing Christian to two life terms with 30-year minimums -- one for the death of Taliesin Namkai-Meche, 23, and one for the death of Ricky Best, 53, for a total of 60 years. oregonlive, "New law throws true life sentence in doubt for MAX train killer Jeremy Christian, other murderers, experts say," 25 Feb. 2020 The extra team would mean two extra playoff games (six total) on wild card weekend. Mike Finger,, "As playoffs expand, Texas innovates again," 20 Feb. 2020 Those Yankees ran up the innings total in a more traditional fashion, starting Sabathia, Pettitte and Burnett on three days’ rest. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "How will Nationals' pitching staff deal with World Series workload in 2020?," 16 Feb. 2020 The budget asks Congress for a total of $437 million for EPA’s air quality work overall, down from the current funding level of $813 million. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Climate Change Once Again Left Out of Trump’s Federal Budget," 11 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to PMQ Pizza Magazine’s 2019 Pizza Power Report, pizza sales last year totaled more than $45 billion. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Here's an easy to way to make a pizza in a skillet," 15 Mar. 2020 Ticket sales in North America totaled $11.4 billion, down 4 percent from a record-setting 2018. New York Times, "Movie Crowds Stay Away. Theaters Hope It’s Not for Good.," 14 Mar. 2020 By 2018, imports from China totaled $540 billion, and exports came to $120 billion. Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner, "Pandemic accelerates push to move supply chains out of China," 13 Mar. 2020 Verizon spent the most in the latest auction, with winning bids totaling $3.4 billion, followed by AT&T at $2.4 billion, and T-Mobile at $932 million. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Verizon, AT&T spend the most at latest 5G airwave auction," 12 Mar. 2020 So far this fiscal year through February, revenue collections have totaled nearly $18.43 billion., "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 9 Mar. 2020 Retail sales that year totaled $21.3 billion in retail sales. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "C2 Tactical shooting range hits a bullseye by offering something safe for everyone," 8 Mar. 2020 Over the last five years, the company’s revenues grew by 119%, totaling $17.6 billion in 2019. Dallas News, "Founder of Arlington-based homebuilder D.R. Horton is one of the richest people in Dallas-Fort Worth," 5 Mar. 2020 But trade with Germany totaled $3.14 billion, a 23 percent increase from the previous year. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama’s exports down again in 2019, but autos up," 18 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb In Michigan, where recreational marijuana was legalized in December, 12 plants total are allowed to be grown per household. cleveland, "Ohio recreational marijuana amendment plan would allow people to grow 6 plants -- but with restrictions," 6 Mar. 2020 Troopers also discovered discovered several plastic bags of crack cocaine, weighing approximately 13 grams total, and nine bundles of wax paper containing heroin, according to the statement. Stephanie Purifoy,, "A cloud of smoke, cheeseburgers and fries lead to Springfield man’s arrest," 25 Jan. 2020 Of Manic’s debut unit sum of 239,000 units, album sales comprise 180,000, while SEA units total 56,000 (equating to 75.6 million on-demand streams of songs on the album) and TEA units account for 3,000. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Eminem Scores Historic 10th No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Music to Be Murdered By'," 26 Jan. 2020 There are about a dozen seats total at the restaurant, which is set up predominantly for takeout and catering orders. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "Juicy Rotisserie Chicken Spot from L.A.’s Kismet Team Is Now Open," 17 Jan. 2020 Considering Stadia is due to launch next week with 12 games total... Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Xbox X019: Age of Empires IV, new Rare and Obsidian games, xCloud on PC, and more," 14 Nov. 2019 Hong Kong's money deposits total more than $1.7 trillion, based on the most recent statistics from Hong Kong's Monetary Authority. Laura He, CNN, "Macao might be China's 'good kid.' But Hong Kong still has the financial clout," 21 Dec. 2019 But his time in New England only spanned one game and 11 days total, as a lawsuit surfaced a week after his signing that accused him of rape. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Antonio Brown apologizes to Robert Kraft for 'bad media and the drama'," 19 Nov. 2019 And Republicans are just a sliver of that, holding 21 seats total – eight in the Senate, and 13 in the House. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Republican women launch 'Conservative Squad' to take on AOC, progressives in D.C.," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of total


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for total


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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17 Mar 2020

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“Total.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of total

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: complete or absolute
: after everything or everyone is counted



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

: the number or amount of everything counted



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


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



Kids Definition of total (Entry 2 of 3)

: the entire number or amount counted : sum


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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