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

Public Works Director Wayne Zingsheim said the total cost of the project is estimated at $1.3 million or less, with the city potentially paying about $510,000 of the total. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Grant money for a 'green’ parking lot in Park Ridge is on hold," 16 Sep. 2019 Cuccinelli on Sunday said his office, which employs America's asylum officers, is coordinating with other Homeland Security agencies to move swiftly to fully implement the near-total ban on asylum at the southern border. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Top Trump official Ken Cuccinelli says asylum restriction will be a "deterrent" for migrants," 15 Sep. 2019 Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of dementia; it is characterized by memory loss, confusion and other cognitive symptoms that gradually progress into near-total dependence and immobility. Jenna Sternberg, Smithsonian, "The Gut Microbiome Could Speed Up the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease," 13 Sep. 2019 Willoughby South, which tuned up with that scrimmage vs. Olmsted Falls, already equaled last year’s win total with Friday’s 38-34 win at Maple Heights. Matt Goul, cleveland.com, "Olmsted Falls maintains its bite; why Brunswick’s chain has stronger links: HS football quick hits," 9 Sep. 2019 President Donald Trump abandoned the accord and reimposed a near-total embargo on Iran's economy in the fall, frustrating European allies who helped negotiate the deal. Erin Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran now operating advanced centrifuges in breach of nuclear pact that US rejected," 7 Sep. 2019 That’s equivalent to about 1,180 metric tons of gold at current prices, a bit less than half of the Bank of Italy’s total holdings or a third of its total foreign reserves. Washington Post, "Gold Won’t Solve Your Budget Problems," 18 Sep. 2019 People thought that there were two thousand eight hundred to three thousand separations total during the entire Trump Administration. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "An Immigration Attorney at the A.C.L.U. on Fighting Trump’s Asylum Ban," 17 Sep. 2019 The Niners piled up 573 total yards, their highest total in seven years, while Cincinnati (0-2) managed just 25 net rushing yards on 19 carries and gave up its most points ever in a home opener. BostonGlobe.com, "With Drew Brees watching from the sideline in Los Angeles with an injured hand, the Rams didn’t need a no-call to beat the New Orleans Saints again.," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Guantánamo has held a cumulative total of about 770 foreign men and boys as wartime prisoners at different times, with the prison population peaking at 677 in 2003. New York Times, "The Cost of Running Guantánamo Bay: $13 Million Per Prisoner," 16 Sep. 2019 Of every $100 deposited with banks in Wisconsin, $17.25 — or 17.25% of the total — is with U.S. Bank, making it the deposit market share leader again in 2019, a new report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. shows. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "U.S. Bank maintains its lead in the amount of money banks have in deposits in Wisconsin," 16 Sep. 2019 The Gophers’ rushing offense has accounted for 61 percent of total plays this season, when adjusting for sacks as pass plays. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers offense will continue to run first, pass when necessary," 15 Sep. 2019 The government currently operates three family detention centers that can hold a total of about 3,000 people. Fox News, "Six-month-old girl in critical condition after father brings her across border illegally, officials say," 25 Aug. 2019 The government operates three family detention centers that can hold a total of about 3,000 people. Washington Post, "Trump administration moves to end limits on child detention," 21 Aug. 2019 The government operates three family detention centers that can hold a total of about 3,000 people, though one is being used for single adults, and the other two are at capacity. Colleen Long, chicagotribune.com, "Trump administration moves to end legal limits on child detention," 21 Aug. 2019 The government currently operates three family detention centers that can hold a total of about 3,000 people, though one is being used for single adults, and the other two are at capacity. Los Angeles Times, "Trump administration plans to end limits on child detention," 21 Aug. 2019 The government operates three family detention centers that can hold a total of about 3,000 people, though one is being used for single adults, and the other two are at capacity. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration moves to end limits on detention of migrant children," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tuition, fees, room and board this year total more than $71,000. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "GWU aims to get smaller and better. Will that mean cuts to faculty and financial aid?," 13 Sep. 2019 While still with the Steelers, Brown was fined at least three times for twerking as a touchdown celebration, with his fines totaling more than $60,000. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "What to Know About Antonio Brown Following Rape Allegation, His Trade to the Patriots," 11 Sep. 2019 Albanese Cormier Holdings owns 87 assets totaling more than 6 million square feet throughout 24 states. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Beaumont investment firm expands national retail portfolio," 10 Sep. 2019 By her calculation, that will total about $2,000 a month. Jenny Gold, The Mercury News, "A young woman, a wheelchair and the fight to take her place at Stanford," 8 Sep. 2019 Losses totaled more than $812,000, and all of the women were ordered to repay that much or more in restitution for a con that officials said involved hundreds of credit cards. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Two women sentenced to federal prison in $800K ripoff of elderly," 7 Sep. 2019 The hospital attempted to garnish her wages, and then placed liens on her home totaling more than $9,000. Laura Beil, New York Times, "The Hospital Treated These Patients. Then It Sued Them.," 3 Sep. 2019 Penn State sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford, a St. Xavier High School grad, led a Nittany Lions offense that totaled 673 total yards of offense in a 79-7 win over Idaho on Saturday, Aug. 31. Kyle Brown, Cincinnati.com, "NCAA football: Week 1 Tristate stars include Sean Clifford, Deshaunte Jones and Giovanni Ricci," 1 Sep. 2019 Vendors working with Powell sued him on at least 20 occasions, alleging unpaid invoices totaling more than $400,000. Mike Spies, ProPublica, "The NRA Used Funds to Settle a Sexual Harassment Claim Against a Top Official — And Then He Was Accused Again," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

This also brings the domestic terrorism total closer to the 100 arrests made in relation to international terrorism. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "How Are You Keeping Your Hispanic Employees Safe?: raceAhead," 5 Aug. 2019 Sear the pork on all sides, about 2 minutes per side or 12 minutes total, until a golden brown crust forms. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "Allison Arevalo recipe: Pappardelle with Roasted Pork and Mushrooms," 10 Sep. 2019 The moms have 18 kids total, ages 3 to 36, and 14 children in school. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Moms celebrate back-to-school with 'wine' and doughnuts. 'We will be juuuuuuust fine'," 14 Aug. 2019 Indiana has 12 casinos total, leaving Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana, and Majestic Star Casino in Gary as the two casinos in the state without licenses to conduct sports wagering. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana sports betting: Here's a list of leagues and events you'll be able to bet on," 4 May 2019 After scoring on a 1-yard rush in the opening quarter, Sam Cerquera (9 tackles, two TDs total) ended any possible comeback from the Warriors (0-2) with a 63-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. BostonGlobe.com, "“Watching [Braeden] last year, I was thinking I’d never be able to do that,” said Riley O’Connell. “To come out and do that . . . I didn’t have as nice of a throw, but it was a great catch by Taimir and a great catch by Griffin Brown (2 TDs in the first half). I wanted to get the win.”," 14 Sep. 2019 The track saw 30 equine deaths total during the meet, with no trainer hit worse than Hollendorfer. Los Angeles Times, "Jerry Hollendorfer goes on the offensive in battle to allow his horses at Golden Gate," 29 Aug. 2019 Only 12 families total were found sleeping outside -- an 84% decrease. oregonlive.com, "Multnomah County sees 20% more people sleeping outside in latest homeless count," 1 Aug. 2019 Here are eight tips that will bring that receipt total down considerably. Katie Workman, Twin Cities, "8 tips for saving money on groceries," 24 July 2019

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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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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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