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

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 Smith is yet another weapon for a Texas offense that ranks among the nation's top 30 in passing offense, scoring offense and total offense. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "In WR Jake Smith, Texas has yet another offensive weapon," 15 Sep. 2019 Only South Carolina, with 493 yards against Charleston Southern last week, has had a better single-game rushing total this season. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Statistically speaking: Auburn turns in nation’s 2nd-best rushing performance of 2019," 15 Sep. 2019 According to a study in JAMA, the median length of the whole shebang, as marked by hot flash symptoms, is 7.4 years total (roughly 3 before your last period and 4.5 after). Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "6 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Menopause," 10 Sep. 2019 First-place Houston blasted five homers off Fiers en route to a 15-0 victory, and the team’s six homers, total, in the first two innings established a major-league record. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Astros pummel A’s, Mike Fiers’ winning streak ends at 12," 9 Sep. 2019 With their 67th win, the Reds have matched last season’s win total. Jeff Wallner, Cincinnati.com, "Michael Lorenzen's late-game heroics powers Cincinnati Reds over Arizona Diamondbacks," 8 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In total, these three hurricanes, only weeks apart, were responsible for roughly 27,000 deaths. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian, "The Bahamas and the Caribbean Have Withstood Hurricanes for Centuries," 17 Sep. 2019 The existence of Johnson’s hoard, more than a hundred in total, was revealed in April. USA TODAY, "Fugitive pig, proverb library, sodium warnings: News from around our 50 states," 16 Sep. 2019 In total, since the start of last season, only Brighton have given away more spot-kicks (10) than Arsenal's nine. SI.com, "Watford vs Arsenal: Stats Make Gunners Favourites With a Draw An Unlikely Scenario at Vicarage Road," 15 Sep. 2019 The previous nine games saw Berlin outscore Tolland 505-113 in total. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "High school football: Newcomers step up as an undermanned Berlin squad edges Tolland 14-8," 13 Sep. 2019 The eighteen million residents of the Netherlands own, in total, more than twenty-two million bicycles. Dan Kois, The New Yorker, "How I Learned to Cycle Like a Dutchman," 13 Sep. 2019 In total, 39 people — 33 passengers and six crew members — were aboard the 75-foot Conception for a Labor Day weekend diving excursion when the boat erupted into flames at 3:30 a.m. that Monday morning. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Last Missing Victim from Tragic California Boat Fire Found," 12 Sep. 2019 There have been seven Latina supporting actress nominees in total. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Jennifer Lopez Is Spectacular in ‘Hustlers.’ Start the Oscar Buzz Now," 12 Sep. 2019 The company also raised a sizable amount of venture capital, bringing in a total of $862 million, according to Crunchbase, a database that track startups. David Ingram, NBC News, "With confetti and cryptocurrency, stock app Robinhood nudges investors toward risk," 12 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Smith totaled 74 yards Sunday by catching all three of his targets. Nathan Baird, cleveland.com, "Ohio State alum Parris Campbell scores first NFL touchdown: Buckeye Breakfast," 16 Sep. 2019 According to its second-quarter financial filings, its long-term debt totaled $4.6 billion with liabilities of $7.2 billion and cash on hand of $830.9 million. Los Angeles Times, "Powerhouse agency owner Endeavor appears set to raise $600 million in IPO," 16 Sep. 2019 Kent State totaled 92 rushing yards on 32 attempts. Giana Han, al, "Grading Auburn’s 55-16 win against Kent State," 15 Sep. 2019 The Patriots totaled seven sacks and four interceptions and earned their most lopsided win in the 108-game history of the series. oregonlive, "Antonio Brown scores a touchdown as the New England Patriots blow out the Miami Dolphins: Recap, score, stats and more," 15 Sep. 2019 As a team, Cincinnati totaled a modest 34 yards on the ground, averaging 2.4 yards a carry. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals notebook: RB Joe Mixon (ankle) practices for the first time this week," 12 Sep. 2019 Fiala totaled 13 goals and 26 assists in 2018-19, in 64 games with the Predators and 19 games with the Wild . . . BostonGlobe.com, "Jones on All-WNBA first team team," 12 Sep. 2019 The receipts totaled more than $599,000 in conjunction with the vice president's stay, which required him to travel back-and-forth between Doonbeg and Dublin, where his official meetings were set to take place. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Pence's Doonbeg detour cost nearly $600K in ground transportation fees," 11 Sep. 2019 Since 1996, sales of OxyContin have totaled more than $35 billion. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "Data Touted by OxyContin Maker to Fight Lawsuits Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 The data, which included 32.9 million live births total, came from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER online database. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "A rise in premature births among Latina women may be linked to Trump's election, study says," 19 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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The first known use of total was in the 14th century

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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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