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total Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the whole amount
    aggregate; sum; totality.
  2. noun a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers
    sum; amount.
  3. verb add up in number or quantity
    amount; come; number; add up.
    • The bills amounted to $2,000
    • The bill came to $2,000
  4. verb determine the sum of
    tot up; add up; sum; tally; tote up; tot; add; summate; sum up; add together.
    • Add all the people in this town to those of the neighboring town
  5. verb damage beyond the point of repair
    • My son totaled our new car
    • the rock star totals his guitar at every concert
  6. adjective satellite constituting the full quantity or extent; complete
    entire; full.
    • an entire town devastated by an earthquake
    • gave full attention
    • a total failure
  7. adjective satellite complete in extent or degree and in every particular
    • a full game
    • a total eclipse
    • a total disaster

To"tal adjective
F., fr. LL. totalis, fr. L. tolus all,whole. Cf. Factotum, Surtout, Teetotum.
  1. 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.
    Whole; entire; complete. See Whole.
To"tal noun
  1. The whole; the whole sum or amount; as, these sums added make the grand total of five millions.

Webster 1913