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Meaning of total by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • totall ( obsolete )


    From Middle English total, from Medieval Latin tōtālis, from tōtus ( “all, whole, entire” ), of unknown origin. Perhaps related to Oscan ... ( touto, “community, city-state” ), Umbrian ... ( totam, “tribe” ) ( acc. ), from Proto-Indo-European *tewtéh₂ ( “people” ). More at Dutch .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈtəʊ.təl/, X-SAMPA: /"t@U.t@l/
    • Rhymes: -əʊtəl


    total ( plural: totals )

    1. An amount obtained by the addition of smaller amounts .
      A total of £145 was raised by the bring-and-buy stall .
    2. ( informal, mathematics ) Sum .
      The total of 4, 5 and 6 is 15 .


    Derived terms


    total ( comparative more total, superlative most total )

    1. 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 .
    2. used as an intensifier Complete; absolute .
      He is a total failure .


    • ( entire ): entire, full, whole
    • ( complete ): absolute, complete, utter; see also Wikisaurus:total

    Derived terms


    total ( third-person singular simple present totals present participle totalling in UK English, totaling in US English, simple past and past participle totalled in UK English, totaled in US English )

    1. ( transitive ) To add up; to calculate the sum of .
      When we totalled the takings, we always got a different figure .
    2. To equal a total of; to amount to .
      That totals seven times so far .
    3. ( transitive, US, slang ) to demolish; to wreck completely. ( from total loss )
      Honey, I’m OK, but I’ve totaled the car .
    4. ( intransitive ) To amount to; to add up to .
      It totals nearly a pound .



Explanation of total by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. damage beyond the point of repair

    2. My son totaled our new car
      the rock star totals his guitar at every concert
    3. determine the sum of

    4. add up in number or quantity

    1. constituting the full quantity or extent

    2. a total failure
    3. complete in extent or degree and in every particular

    4. a total eclipse
      a total disaster
    1. the whole amount

    2. a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers

    Definition of total by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Total a. [F., fr. LL. totalis, fr. L. tolus all,whole. Cf. Factotum, Surtout, Teetotum.] Whole; not divided; entire; full; complete; absolute; as, “a total departure from the evidence; a total loss.” “ Total darkness.” “To undergo myself the total crime.” Milton.

      Total abstinence. See Abstinence, n., 1. -- Total depravity. ( Theol. ) See Original sin, under Original.

      Whole; entire; complete. See Whole.

    2. Total, n. The whole; the whole sum or amount; as, “these sums added make the grand total of five millions”.

    3. Total v. t. [imp. & p. p. Totaled or Totalled; p. pr. & vb. n. Totaling or Totalling.]
      1. To bring to a total; also, to reach as a total; to amount to. [Colloq.]

      2. to determine the total of ( a set of numbers ); to add; -- often used with up; as, “to total up the bill”.

      3. To damage beyond repair; -- used especially of vehicles damaged in an accident; as, “he skid on an ice patch and totaled his Mercedes against a tree”. From total loss. [colloq.]