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

transitive verb

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

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, 24 Mar. 2020 As a rule, the more abstract and totalizing the ideology, the more blood that follows in its wake., 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, 26 Sep. 2017 Its claim to moral superiority rests on the totalizing depravity of the opposition. Sarah Jones, New Republic, 13 Dec. 2017 The very idea of a reputation for fairness is obsolete before this totalizing partisanship. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, 11 Dec. 2017 Its claim to moral superiority rests on the totalizing depravity of the opposition…. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, 15 Dec. 2017 Fortunately, the video was a less, to borrow nifty jargon, totalizing experience. Alfred Soto, Billboard, 26 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of totalize was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Totalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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