Meaning of TOTAL in English


/ ˈtəʊtl; NAmE ˈtoʊtl/ adjective , noun , verb

■ adjective [ usually before noun ]


being the amount or number after everyone or everything is counted or added together :

the total profit

This brought the total number of accidents so far this year to 113.

The club has a total membership of 300.


including everything

SYN complete :

The room was in total darkness.

They wanted a total ban on handguns.

The evening was a total disaster.

I can't believe you'd tell a total stranger about it!

■ noun

the amount you get when you add several numbers or amounts together; the final number of people or things when they have all been counted :

You got 47 points on the written examination and 18 on the oral, making a total of 65.

His businesses are worth a combined total of $3 billion.

Out of a total of 15 games, they only won 2.

The repairs came to over £500 in total (= including everything) .

—see also grand total , running total , sum total

■ verb ( -ll- , US also -l- )


[ v - n ] to reach a particular total :

Imports totalled $1.5 billion last year.


[ vn ] total sth/sb (up) to add up the numbers of sth/sb and get a total :

Each student's points were totalled and entered in a list.


[ vn ] ( informal , especially NAmE ) to damage a car very badly, so that it is not worth repairing it

—see also write sth off



late Middle English : via Old French from medieval Latin totalis , from totum the whole, neuter of Latin totus whole, entire. The verb, at first in the sense add up , dates from the late 16th cent.

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