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 Klotzbach points out that 1981 was a moderately active season -- 12 total storms -- but only two of the weaker systems affected the US. Allison Chinchar, CNN, "Characters from the movie 'Frozen' could serve as hurricane names this season," 28 Feb. 2021 The Mason boys ended up fourth with 145 total points. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "St. Xavier wins 13th consecutive OHSAA state team swimming crown, Mason adds 2 solo titles," 28 Feb. 2021 That is, given that in each game there is two coaches, how many of the total head coaches across all matches has been female? James Reade, Forbes, "Why Are There So Few Women Coaching Even In Women’s Soccer?," 28 Feb. 2021 With approval, California is scheduled to receive 380,000 doses next week and 1.1 million total doses overall the next three weeks, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a news conference in Fresno on Friday. Tribune News Service, al, "New single-dose COVID-19 vaccine a ‘game changer’ for hard-to-reach urban and rural areas," 28 Feb. 2021 Geode’s total assets jumped by more than $135 billion in 2020, driven by continuing demand for index funds and stock-market gains, and the money manager had its most profitable year ever. Justin Baer, WSJ, "Geode, Fidelity’s Index-Fund Manager, Closes Hedge-Fund Business After Derivatives Bets Implode," 28 Feb. 2021 The boys posted a total time of 3:21:17 to beat runner-up Chugiak (3:29:41) by more than eight minutes. Anchorage Daily News, "Final day of state high school ski championships belongs to Service Cougars," 28 Feb. 2021 The Biden Bailout Bill includes $350 billion to bailout fiscally irresponsible states like Illinois and only a fraction of the total funding will go towards coronavirus relief. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin House delegation responds to $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill passage after splitting along party lines on vote," 28 Feb. 2021 The state reported that 25,217 doses were given Saturday, raising Arkansas' total vaccinations above 586,000, according to Health Department data. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, "State's covid hospitalizations near 5-month low," 28 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Portfolia has a total of 10 funds in the market, with its FemTech II Fund currently open to new investors. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, "8 Female Venture Capital Investors To Watch In 2021," 1 Mar. 2021 Arkansas reported a total of 3,220 additional cases of covid-19 on Sunday, with the overwhelming majority of those cases, 2,932, occurring before Feb. 14. Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, "'Data clean-up' lifts state's tally of covid cases, cuts deaths linked to virus," 1 Mar. 2021 In slightly more than one year since the first case was announced in Arizona, a total of 816,782 COVID-19 cases have been identified across the state. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona reports more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases, 13 new known deaths," 1 Mar. 2021 The company will deliver about 16 million more doses by the end of March and a total of 100 million by the end of June. Heather Hollingsworth, Anchorage Daily News, "States are easing pandemic restrictions despite warnings from experts against haste," 1 Mar. 2021 The state’s vaccine appointment line has doubled the number of staff to a total of 300 people in order to handle up to 10,000 calls each day to help assist Connecticut residents. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Connecticut residents 55 and older, teachers and child care providers can get the coronavirus vaccine starting Today. Here’s what you need to know.," 1 Mar. 2021 China was the first country to ground the 737 Max in 2019 after crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed a total of 346 people. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "China, the first country to ground Boeing 737 Max in 2019, not ready to recertify plane," 1 Mar. 2021 State officials have now reported a total of 382,099 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, since roughly mid-March. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland reports 827 new COVID cases and 13 deaths, along with 37,000 doses of vaccine administered," 28 Feb. 2021 Last year tallied the most storms on record, surpassing a total of 28 in 2005. Julia Musto, Fox News, "The 2021 hurricane season names and dates: What could be next for East Coast?," 28 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The quota for the wolf hunt was set at 200 wolves total, and 81 were allocated to the Ojibwe tribes because of their treaty rights to half of licenses planned for ceded lands. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hunters Kill 82% More Wolves Than Quota Allowed in Wisconsin," 2 Mar. 2021 Though a breakdown of models was not revealed, the company said that preorders total over $250,000,000. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Aptera’s 1,000-Mile EV Moves Closer to Production With Millions in Preorders and New Funding," 1 Mar. 2021 If in-person betting is 15% of the market in Maryland, that’s $20 million to $32 million in revenues total, with each location having a slice of that. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland lawmakers continue to weigh details of legal sports betting," 25 Feb. 2021 Austin has so far approved the deployment of 25 military vaccination teams, which come in two sizes, 222 members and 139 members, and total about 4,700 service members. Lolita C. Baldor, Chron, "Military begins delivering vaccines in Texas, New York," 25 Feb. 2021 His bonds on the new cases total $240,000 but he is being held without bond for the failure to appear warrant. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Suspect charged in January shooting that left one dead, another injured in east Birmingham," 24 Feb. 2021 Austin has so far approved the deployment of 25 military vaccination teams, which come in two sizes, 222 members and 139 members, and total about 4,700 service members. Lolita C. Baldor, Star Tribune, "Military begins delivering vaccines in Texas, New York," 24 Feb. 2021 Noem also released two interviews on Tuesday spanning over three hours total that law enforcement officials conducted with Ravnsborg in the days and weeks following the fatal incident. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, "South Dakota attorney general faces call to resign over fatal crash as impeachment proceedings begin," 24 Feb. 2021 Morningstar data shows that sustainable fund balances are up 67 percent year over year, and currently total nearly $1.7 trillion. NBC News, "Is financial regulation the way to advance a climate agenda?," 23 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 But internet shopping still represents only 11 percent of the entire retail sales total. Austan Goolsbee, New York Times, "Never Mind the Internet. Here’s What’s Killing Malls.," 13 Feb. 2020 Unfortunately for some bettors who had taken the over on Mahomes’ rushing yards total, the outcome of three relatively meaningless downs in the final minute of the game led to a terrible beat. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Patrick Mahomes' kneel downs to end the Super Bowl caused a brutal beat for bettors," 2 Feb. 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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“Total.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/total. Accessed 8 Mar. 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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