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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
to•tal /ˈtoʊtəl/USA pronunciation
adj., n., v., -taled, -tal•ing or (esp. Brit.)-talled, -tal•ling. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- of or relating to the whole amount of something;
entire[before a noun]the total expenditure.
- of or relating to the whole of something[usually: before a noun]the total effect of the play on its audience.
- complete in extent or degree; utter[usually: before a noun]a total failure.
- Mathematics the total amount;
sum[countable]That brings the cost to a total of $50,000.
- the whole[uncountable; in + ~]There were several thousand people there in total.
to•tal•ly, adv. : You're totally crazy to think that.
- Mathematics to bring to a total;
add up[~ + object]He totaled the three columns.
- to reach a total of; amount to: [~ + object;
no passive]The money totaled over fifty thousand dollars in cash.[~ + to + object]The money totaled to over fifty thousand dollars.
- Slang Terms to wreck beyond repair[~ + object]He totaled his car in the accident.
(tōt′l), adj., n., v., -taled, -tal•ing or ([esp. Brit.])-talled, -tal•ling.
- constituting or comprising the whole;
whole:the total expenditure.
- of or pertaining to the whole of something:the total effect of a play.
- complete in extent or degree; absolute;
utter:a total failure.
- involving all aspects, elements, participants, resources, etc.;
- the total amount; sum;
aggregate:a total of $200.
- the whole;
an entirety:the impressive total of Mozart's achievement.
- to bring to a total; add up.
- to reach a total of;
- [Slang]. to wreck or demolish completely:He totaled his new car in the accident.
- to amount (often fol. by to).
1 .complete. 5, 6 . gross, totality. 6 .See whole.
- Medieval Latin tōtālis, equivalent. to Latin tōt(us) entire + -ālis -al1
- Middle English (adjective, adjectival) 1350–1400
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
total /ˈtəʊtəl/ n
- the whole, esp regarded as the complete sum of a number of parts
vb ( -tals, -talling, -talled) ( US -tals, -taling, -taled)
- complete; absolute
- (prenominal) being or related to a total: the total number of passengers
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tōtālis, from Latin tōtus allˈtotally adv
- when intr, sometimes followed by to: to amount: to total six pounds
- (transitive) to add up