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total

adjective

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2 not lacking any part or member that properly belongs to it
  • gave us a total rundown of the events

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3 trying all possibilities
  • this was total war as far as the military was concerned, and no weapons system was off-limits

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total

noun

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a complete amount of something
  • that's the total for our wheat harvest this year

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total

verb

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1 to have a total of
  • two and two total four

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2 to combine (numbers) into a single sum
  • total all the receipts and tell me how much I owe you

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3 to bring to a complete end the physical soundness, existence, or usefulness of
  • a powerful hurricane totaled the house some years ago

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Frequently Asked Questions About total

How is the word total distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of total are all, entire, and whole. While all these words mean "including everything or everyone without exception," total implies that everything has been counted, weighed, measured, or considered.

the total number of people present

How does the word all relate to other synonyms for total?

All may equal whole, entire, or total.

all proceeds go to charity

When can entire be used instead of total?

In some situations, the words entire and total are roughly equivalent. However, entire may suggest a state of completeness or perfection to which nothing can be added.

the entire population was wiped out

Where would whole be a reasonable alternative to total?

While in some cases nearly identical to total, whole implies that nothing has been omitted, ignored, abated, or taken away.

read the whole book

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The first known use of total was in the 14th century

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“Total.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/total. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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