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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



Definition of total (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a product of addition : sum
2 : an entire quantity : amount


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



Definition of total (Entry 4 of 4)

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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To pay for the service, RTA has supplied a ConnectWorks grant totaling $119,198, while Mayfield and Highland Heights will each pay $59,599.The project’s total cost is $238,396. cleveland, 2 Aug. 2022 Seniors also would no longer have to pay 5% of their drug’s total cost after their out-of-pocket spending exceeds a certain threshold, which is $7,050 this year. Joseph Walker, WSJ, 31 July 2022 Prairie Grove asked voters to replace two sales taxes -- a 1% sales tax and a 0.75% sales tax -- with two new sales taxes of the same amount to pay for bonds to finance capital improvement projects with a total estimated cost of $15 million. Lynn Kutter, Arkansas Online, 30 July 2022 The total cost of the project is about $5 million, including $3.8 million in construction costs and about $1.2 million in design cost. Paul Eisenberg, Chicago Tribune, 29 July 2022 Utah earned 384 total points, beating out Oregon (345) for first place. Nick Daschel | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 28 July 2022 As expected, the Utes are the consensus pick to win the league for a second straight year, picking up 26 first-place votes and 384 total points. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 July 2022 Richardson said officials behind the Main Street Project estimate the total cost will rise to about $15 million. Eleanor Mccrary, The Courier-Journal, 27 July 2022 Cooper scored 15 of his 22 total points in one game. Mark Inabinett |, al, 25 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun He has been nominated for a total of nine Blues Music Awards and has won them all. Margie Goldsmith, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 The concert raised $500,000, and both Dollywood and Parton’s Dixie Stampede dinner theater pledged $250,000 each to the project, for a total of $1 million. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 3 Aug. 2022 Ohio had 1,309 facilities releasing 301 different chemicals in 2020, for a total of 94,747,625 pounds of chemicals released. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 1 Aug. 2022 The former Volunteer suffered from an injury-riddled season in 2021 and played in only seven games but averaged 6.5 yards per carry for a total of 532 yards on 81 totes. Alexis Cubit, The Courier-Journal, 1 Aug. 2022 The young twins were treated for a total of 33 hours during the final two surgeries alone and were attended by almost 100 medical staff, The Evening Standard added Monday. Tommy Mcardle,, 1 Aug. 2022 The number of active cases increased by 67 Saturday for a total of 16,082 active cases statewide. Olivia Alexander, Arkansas Online, 31 July 2022 The Verizon 200 at the Brickyard is 82 laps around the 2.439-mile road course for a total of 199.998 miles. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, 31 July 2022 On Thursday, Hochul said a new federal government allotment would mean 110,000 additional doses of the monkeypox vaccine for the state, for a total of 170,000 so far. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 30 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The funding will total $1.75 billion over the next five years to make these stations more accessible, the officials said. Amanda Maile, ABC News, 26 July 2022 The development is located on the corner of Queen Creek Road and Hamilton Street, and will total 560,000 square feet. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 12 July 2022 The value of the global big data and business analytics market was at roughly $224 billion at the end of 2021, and by 2030, the market is expected to expand at the CAGR rate of 13.5% and will total $684 billion. Alexey Posternak, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Traditional radio advertising will total $11.3 million, by comparison, up 3%, Magna said. Megan Graham, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 The company said its initial investment plans in Europe will total 33 billion euros ($36 billion) but could rise to 80 billion euros over the next decade if the company opts to continue expanding. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 For 2022, Comcast expects Peacock losses to total about $2.5 billion as its investment in content doubles, CFO Mike Cavanagh said on the earnings call. Todd Spangler, Variety, 27 Jan. 2022 Global economic losses related to the pandemic will total $13.8 trillion by the end of 2024, Ms. Gopinath estimated. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2022 The fine for those traveling 19 miles per hour or less than the speed limit will total $150. cleveland, 2 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Last year, there were five ozone action days total. Liliana Webb, Detroit Free Press, 11 July 2022 Golden Gate, with a difficulty rating of 5.13b, contains 41 pitches total, with the toughest ones awaiting in the final ten, which is partly what makes the route such a demanding one to free-climb within 24 hours. Andrew Bisharat, Outside Online, 6 Nov. 2020 Their lineup suffered one of its quietest nights all year, matching its season-low run total on just four hits. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 Now a junior, Bond is well on his way from breaking last year's home run total. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 7 Apr. 2022 The 28 points scored total in the second quarter comes out to a 2.8-point-per-second-quarter average. Steve Svekis,, 12 Nov. 2021 Washington has appeared in two games this season, seeing two defensive snaps and 12 special teams snaps total and combining with safety Jordan Richards for a kickoff return tackle in Week 5. Jonas Shaffer,, 29 Oct. 2021 Then, after countless hours of testing simulations and fundraising, what Mitchell said was originally planned to be 20 or so days total of on-track practice days split between Lucas Oil Raceway and IMS quickly became nearly 50. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Oct. 2021 If teams averaged half that number (0.396 HR/G), a player would get credit for twice his home run total. Nick Lozito, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of total


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1716, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for total


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin totalis, from Latin totus whole, entire

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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



Kids Definition of total (Entry 2 of 3)

: the entire number or amount counted : sum


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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