Total meaning

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Total is defined as the sum or final amount.

An example of a total is the final cost of dinner on a check.

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Total means to add things up.

An example of total is for a cashier to ring up your purchase at the grocery store.

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An amount obtained by addition; a sum.
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Total is to completely wreck something.

An example of total is to destroy your car in a car accident.

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The whole amount of something; the entirety.

The storm damaged the total of the housing units.

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Of, relating to, or constituting the whole amount; entire.

The total population of the city.

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Complete; utter; absolute.

Total concentration; a total effort; a total fool.

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To determine the total of; add up.

They totaled the applications at 600.

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To equal a total of; amount to.

The week's receipts totaled more than $90,000.

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To wreck completely; demolish.

The driver survived the crash but totaled the car.

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To add up; amount.

It totals to $25.

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Constituting the (or a) whole; entire; whole.
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Complete; utter.

A total loss.

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The whole amount or number; sum; aggregate.
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To find the total of; add.
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To equal a total of; add up to.
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To wreck completely; demolish.
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Complete; entire; undivided.
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Absolute; supreme.
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An amount obtained by the addition of smaller amounts.

A total of £145 was raised by the bring-and-buy stall.

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(informal, mathematics) Sum.

The total of 4, 5 and 6 is 15.

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Entire; relating to the whole of something.

The total book is rubbish from start to finish. The total number of votes cast is 3,270.

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Used as an intensifier Complete; absolute.

He is a total failure.

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To add up; to calculate the sum of.

When we totalled the takings, we always got a different figure.

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To equal a total of; to amount to.

That totals seven times so far.

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(US, slang) To demolish; to wreck completely. (from total loss)

Honey, I'm OK, but I've totaled the car.

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(intransitive) To amount to; to add up to.

It totals nearly a pound.

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The definition of total is something that is complete or whole.

An example of total used as an adjective is the expression “total recall” where you remember everything.

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in total
  • All together; entirely.
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total up to
  • To reach a total of; amount to.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

total up to

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 tōtālis, from tōtus (“all, whole, entire"), of unknown origin. Perhaps related to Oscan 𐌕𐌏𐌖𐌕𐌏 (touto, “community, city-state"), Umbrian 𐌕𐌏𐌕𐌀𐌌 (totam, “tribe", acc.), Old English þēod (“a nation, people, tribe"), from Proto-Indo-European *tewtéhâ‚‚ (“people"). More at thede, Dutch.
    From Wiktionary