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

According to Carolynn Gellings, an engineering services manager with the county, the total project cost was expected to be about $800,000, including design and real estate phases. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After 22 crashes in 16 years, officials are planning to make this Waukesha County road safer for drivers," 19 July 2019 Credible studies estimate the total cost of a single homicide to range between $10 million and $19 million in 2017 dollars. Thomas Abt, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats are skipping out on the most important gun fight of all," 19 July 2019 In assessing the effect on students, several UC regents said any plan should consider not only tuition, but also the total cost of attendance, which includes increasingly high-priced housing. Los Angeles Times, "Incoming UC students could see a tuition hike under new proposal," 18 July 2019 Increased benefits for council members accounts for $49,203 of the $8.4 million in total costs. Thy Vo, The Mercury News, "Cupertino city employees get salary and benefit increases," 17 July 2019 After five decades of technological progress, NASA will not be starting from scratch, and the total cost will be much lower than the price tag for Apollo. William Harwood, CBS News, "Apollo 11: How much did it cost to land astronauts on the moon?," 16 July 2019 The current total cost of the design, construction and right-of-way acquisition is now estimated to be $931,620, instead of the $1.3 million estimated in February. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Cost estimate decreases for replacement of Mills Road bridge over French Creek in North Ridgeville," 15 July 2019 The total cost of the Biden plan is estimated to be $750 billion over the next 10 years, which would mostly be paid for by repealing President Donald Trump’s tax cuts for the wealthy and returning the top tax rate to 39.6 percent. NBC News, "Biden health care plan would build on Obamacare," 15 July 2019 The total cost for a session that extends over six days would be $393,030. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Bevin sets date for special session on pension relief for quasi-governmental agencies," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Skinner's three-event total (41.550) was 16th all-around. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Jade Carey wins vault, ties for second on floor exercise at U.S. Classic gymnastics," 20 July 2019 The area now has a total of 4.09 million jobs, as measured by nonfarm payroll employment, according to the EDD’s figures. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Bay Area job market rockets to fresh gains in June, region has nearly 4.1 million jobs," 19 July 2019 Citing the unrest, Royal Caribbean on Wednesday diverted two cruise ships -- carrying a total of more than 8,000 passengers -- from San Juan, dealing a blow to the commonwealth given its reliance on tourism. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Behind the mass protests in Puerto Rico, a tale of economic woe," 19 July 2019 Andrews set the franchise record for receiving yards in a season by a rookie tight end (552), more than doubling Maxx Williams’ 2015 total, and Ravens quarterbacks had a passer rating of 124.8 when targeting Andrews. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens 2019 training camp preview: Tight end," 18 July 2019 At least 15 cyclists have died in the city this year — more than the total, 10, killed all of last year. New York Times, "6 Years Later, Citi Bike Comes to the Bronx. (What Took So Long?)," 16 July 2019 Cornyn has far surpassed those totals, with his campaign reporting that two-thirds of its donors in the past quarter were new. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Sen. John Cornyn raises $2.5 million in second quarter, while Democrat MJ Hegar brings in $1 million," 15 July 2019 Other missed tackle totals: Collins (20), Briean Boddy-Calhoun (12), Damarious Randall (12), Jabrill Peppers (11), Denzel Ward (10), T.J. Carrie (10), Derrick Kindred (10) and Trevon Coley (10). Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns: Talkin’ to myself about 18th-ranked roster, a final record — Terry Pluto," 14 July 2019 Of that total, an estimated 326,000 were living in South Florida, with 156,000 in Miami-Dade, 98,000 in Broward County and 72,000 in Palm Beach County. Laurel Weibezahn, sun-sentinel.com, "Fear remains high under continued threat of ICE raids," 14 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The affiliate, Pruneyard Regency, paid cash for the complex, which totals 258,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, the county documents indicate. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Pruneyard retail complex in Campbell is bought in mega-deal," 2 July 2019 The biotech had occupied a 30,000-square-foot building in Marlborough but now has two buildings totaling 60,000 square feet. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Stem-cell biotech seeing strong growth," 2 July 2019 The Chinese Bible Church of San Diego project calls for the construction of five buildings totaling nearly 90,000 square feet on land along the east side of Four Gee Road, north of Camino Del Norte, in the San Dieguito Community Plan Area. San Diego Union-Tribune, "4S Ranch megachurch wins unanimous approval from supervisors," 26 June 2019 In all, 159 spaces in the building, totaling 121,554 square feet, will undergo major or minor renovations during the project. Erika Butler, baltimoresun.com, "After years of delays, limited renovation of Joppatowne High moves forward," 18 June 2019 Preliminary documents said the project could host some 2,000 residents, plus retail, restaurants, offices and hundreds of hotel rooms, totaling 3.5 million square feet. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Broncos Stadium development — sprouting from its parking lots — could stretch all the way to Federal Boulevard," 17 June 2019 In the first quarter of 2020, the MTA will seek a master lease at Times Square-42nd Street for three units on a retail concourse totaling about 2,400 square feet, as well as nine newsstands on platforms, mezzanines, and passageways. Paul Berger, WSJ, "New York’s MTA Plans Retail Revamp of Highly Trafficked Subway Stations," 16 June 2019 The property includes three seven-story buildings, totaling 555,000 square feet of office space with a surface parking lot, three-story parking garage and below grade executive parking facilities. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Commerce Plaza gets OK for fine dining restaurant," 12 June 2019 The two other Vons combined totaled just about 14,000 square feet, 9,000 square feet smaller than the new one. Gustavo Arellano, latimes.com, "On Catalina Island, one of L.A.’s unofficial ‘food deserts’ parties over a humble Vons," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

International students at community colleges number a comparatively small 95,562 out of more than a million international students total. New York Times, "Bulletin Board," 8 June 2019 The zoning used to allow for about 1,000 units total in the square block and now allows for 1,400 units on the campus and 642 units in the new neighborhood. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "5 things to know about Arizona Christian University's move to Glendale," 16 June 2019 The 18 tracks total approximately 18 hours of unreleased songs, alternate versions of songs, and OK Computer demos. Daniel Menegaz, EW.com, "Radiohead release 18 hours of OK Computer demos in response to hackers," 11 June 2019 The 6-foot-2 sophomore-to-be combo guard out of Lawrence Free State High, who played 11 minutes total at KU in 2018-19, set the Firebirds’ single-season scoring record with 456 points in 2017-18. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Walk-on guard Garrett Luinstra to leave KU basketball team after one season," 4 June 2019 As of Monday, 27 people — 11 families total — were being quarantined in hotels. David Maung, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego migrant shelter still experiencing flu outbreak," 3 June 2019 There are seven styles total, based on the brand's most popular denim pieces, with prices start at $98 and go up to $128. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Reformation's Cult-Favorite Jeans Will Now Be Available in Sizes 0 Through 24," 12 Nov. 2018 The ministry is proposing total defense spending of around $47.7 billion for the fiscal year starting in April, excluding funds to support U.S. forces in Japan. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan to Spend Billions on U.S. Missile-Defense System," 31 Aug. 2018 Others have estimated that the lawsuits total above 1,600. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Blockbuster drug Abilify nears Judgment Day over compulsive gambling, sex," 3 Aug. 2018

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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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