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 Black Lives Matter protesters received 2.5% of the total votes. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong Pro-democracy Activist Nathan Law Wins TIME’s 2020 TIME100 Reader Poll," 18 Sep. 2020 Since the pandemic began, deaths in Southern states account for 33 percent of total U.S. deaths. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Southern states seeing higher coronavirus death rates as U.S. nears 200,000 milestone," 18 Sep. 2020 The state added 141 new deaths Thursday, bringing the total COVID-19 deaths in Texas to 14,723 people. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for Sept. 17," 17 Sep. 2020 Washington ran for mayor in 1977 and lost big, with only 2,003 total votes. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Ad misuses quote from Barack Obama's memoir," 11 Sep. 2020 The Navajo Nation Department of Health also reported four deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total deaths due to the novel coronavirus to 527. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Navajo Nation marks first day without any new COVID-19 cases since start of pandemic," 10 Sep. 2020 At least 16 people lost their lives as a result of the storm, but total deaths and damages are still being assessed. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Peak of hurricane season arrives this week during record breaking year," 8 Sep. 2020 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Monday tweeted a press release with 946 total deaths for the county. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Dallas County reports zero deaths, 261 coronavirus cases," 7 Sep. 2020 The Indiana State Department of Health reported another 224 total probable deaths, which are based on clinical diagnoses for which no positive test was recorded. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana coronavirus cases: 851 new cases, 2 additional deaths reported," 6 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Israel has reported a total of more than 175,000 cases since the outbreak began, including at least 1,169 deaths. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Israel returns to virus lockdown as cases mount," 18 Sep. 2020 But in September, Southern deaths make up 58 percent of the nation’s total. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Southern states seeing higher coronavirus death rates as U.S. nears 200,000 milestone," 18 Sep. 2020 His run total in each of his 10 starts this season: four, four, seven, seven, three, two, one, two, seven and, finally, zero. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Tigers' Matthew Boyd stays so positive through his roller coaster season," 16 Sep. 2020 Plans show that access to the school site would be provided by a one-way circulation driveway — two driveways total — connecting to Chase Avenue. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Charter school’s plan to move to Rancho San Diego to be heard Friday by county planners," 16 Sep. 2020 Of the 29, a total of 14 who actively shared messages, are expected to be sacked, officials said. Washington Post, "Germany suspends dozens of police officers for neo-Nazi chat messages," 16 Sep. 2020 With the changes, a total of 18 people -- ten men and eight women -- will sit on the bank’s top leadership group. Michelle F Davis, Bloomberg.com, "JPMorgan Adds Rohrbaugh, Duckett to Top Leadership Team," 15 Sep. 2020 By adding this season's HR total (16 and counting), maybe Trout is right at 50-50. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "After Albert Pujols, who will be the next MLB slugger in the 600-homer club?," 15 Sep. 2020 During the regular season, Hanley played minimally with Sekera (1:30 total at 5 on 5), but the pair has had to acclimate to each other in the high stakes of the playoffs. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Stars' Jim Nill finishes third in voting for Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year award," 13 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Since students began moving in, the university has seen more than 2,000 coronavirus cases total. Omar Jimenez, CNN, "A positive test sends college freshman to the Covid dorm," 17 Sep. 2020 According to information provided by the Auditor’s Office, those total $57,517, for juvenile probation, the sheriff’s department and the Juvenile Detention Center. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "County to discuss ’21 raises later; officials eye $42.7M budget," 16 Sep. 2020 Stevens’s resentment refracts kaleidoscopically through The Ascension’s 15 songs, which total an hour and 20 minutes of music. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Sufjan Stevens Embraces His Anger," 16 Sep. 2020 That rate is a key metric in tracking the spread of the virus in the community, measuring the proportion of new cases to total tests. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut hospitalizations at highest level in nearly two months; Positive COVID-19 test result rate now above 1% for a full week," 15 Sep. 2020 But the deal generated little interest among bondholders owning the 5.75% notes, which total about $400 million. Becky Yerak And Alexander Gladstone, WSJ, "Revlon Faces Debt Crunch After Bond Exchange Fails," 14 Sep. 2020 Across 600 films from 2014 to 2019, only 4 characters were transgender and all were inconsequential to the plot, appearing on screen for only two minutes total, the study shows. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "New USC diversity study shows paltry progress for inclusion in a dozen years of Hollywood movies," 10 Sep. 2020 In her 2018 ruling, Bryant criticized Kyros for repeatedly failing to comply with court rules and orders and ordered him to pay WWE's legal fees, which could total hundreds of thousands of dollars. Dave Collins, Star Tribune, "Former WWE wrestlers' lawsuit over brain damage is dismissed," 9 Sep. 2020 Peterson is expected to a play a major part in the Lions' backfield by committee after agreeing to a one-year contract that could total $2.3 million on Sunday. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions place Bo Scarbrough on injured reserve to make room for Adrian Peterson," 8 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb 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 Recovery meant total vocal rest, so Jones had to remain totally silent for several weeks. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Sheinelle Jones Returns to Today After Vocal Cord Surgery: I Learned the 'Power of Listening'," 6 Apr. 2020 Since the Mercy arrived, the crew have treated 31 patients total and released 18 of them, as of noon on Wednesday. John Ismay, New York Times, "A Dispatch From the U.S.N.S. Mercy," 9 Apr. 2020 Across the country, there are at least 7,700 confirmed cases total in all 50 states, with 118 deaths, including one in Kentucky announced Monday. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Coronavirus in Kentucky: Louisville mayor's wife tests positive as cases keep climbing," 18 Mar. 2020 Compare that to South Korea: At one point last week, the U.S. had conducted some 3,600 tests total, whereas South Korea was over 70,000, including 10,000 tests in a single day. Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News, "Anyone can be tested for novel coronavirus, subject to a doctor's orders: Pence," 3 Mar. 2020 BarVista and The Wescott will employ about 60 workers total between them. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Sweet view, new bar, restaurant coming to downtown Huntsville," 7 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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The first known use of total was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

21 Sep 2020

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“Total.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/total. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for total

total

adjective
How to pronounce total (audio)

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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