to·​tal·​ize | \ ˈtō-tᵊl-ˌīz How to pronounce totalize (audio) \
totalized; totalizing

Definition of totalize

transitive verb

1 : to add up : total
2 : to express as a whole

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Examples of totalize in a Sentence

when we totalized our restaurant receipts for a month, the result was a little startling
Recent Examples on the Web If privacy pays, great, but if totalizing control pays more, then so be it. Tim Wu, The New York Review of Books, "Bigger Brother," 24 Mar. 2020 As a rule, the more abstract and totalizing the ideology, the more blood that follows in its wake., "Baathism caused the chaos in Iraq and Syria," 7 Mar. 2018 Our tug of war over what is important and what is irrelevant reveals something unsettling: a bent toward totalizing ideologies and a seismic struggle over which one gets to lay claim — in our minds, at least — to the center of the universe. Carina Chocano, New York Times, "What I Care About Is Important. What You Care About Is a ‘Distraction.’," 26 Sep. 2017 Its claim to moral superiority rests on the totalizing depravity of the opposition. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "What Roy Moore Did to the Pro-Life Movement," 13 Dec. 2017 The very idea of a reputation for fairness is obsolete before this totalizing partisanship. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "The Partisan, Nihilist Case Against Robert Mueller," 11 Dec. 2017 Its claim to moral superiority rests on the totalizing depravity of the opposition…. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Alabama’s Christian Right Has Been Doubly Disgraced in 2017," 15 Dec. 2017 Fortunately, the video was a less, to borrow nifty jargon, totalizing experience. Alfred Soto, Billboard, "Did America Love 'Monkey,' Or Did It Just Love George Michael?," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of totalize

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Totalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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