- constituting or comprising the whole; entire; whole: the total expenditure.
- of or relating to the whole of something: the total effect of a play.
- complete in extent or degree; absolute; unqualified; utter: a total failure.
- involving all aspects, elements, participants, resources, etc.; unqualified; all-out: total war.
- 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; amount to.
- Slang. to wreck or demolish completely: He totaled his new car in the accident.
- to amount (often followed by to).
Origin of total
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- the whole, esp regarded as the complete sum of a number of parts
- complete; absolutethe evening was a total failure; a total eclipse
- (prenominal) being or related to a totalthe total number of passengers
- (when intr, sometimes foll by to) to amountto total six pounds
- (tr) to add upto total a list of prices
- (tr) slang to kill or badly injure (someone)
- (tr) mainly US to damage (a vehicle) beyond repair
Word Origin and History for quasi-totally
late 14c., from Old French total, from Medieval Latin totalis "entire, total" (as in summa totalis "sum total"), from Latin totus "all, whole, entire," of unknown origin. Total war is attested from 1937, in reference to a concept developed in Germany.
1550s, from total (adj.).
1716, from total (n.). Meaning "to destroy one's car" first recorded 1954. Related: Totaled; totaling.