An example of a total is the final cost of dinner on a check.
An example of total is for a cashier to ring up your purchase at the grocery store.
An example of total is to destroy your car in a car accident.
The storm damaged the total of the housing units.
The total population of the city.
Total concentration; a total effort; a total fool.
They totaled the applications at 600.
The week's receipts totaled more than $90,000.
The driver survived the crash but totaled the car.
It totals to $25.
A total loss.
It totals nearly a pound.
An example of total used as an adjective is the expression “total recall” where you remember everything.
- All together; entirely.
- To reach a total of; amount to.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of total
- Middle English whole from Old French from Medieval Latin tōtālis from Latin tōtus teutā- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English total, from Medieval Latin tÅtÄlis, from tÅtus (“all, whole, entire"), of unknown origin. Perhaps related to Oscan ðŒ•ðŒðŒ–ðŒ•ðŒ (touto, “community, city-state"), Umbrian ðŒ•ðŒðŒ•ðŒ€ðŒŒ (totam, “tribe", acc.), Old English Ã¾Ä“od (“a nation, people, tribe"), from Proto-Indo-European *tewtÃ©hâ‚‚ (“people"). More at thede, Dutch.