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[toht-l] /ˈtoʊt l/
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.
verb (used with object), totaled, totaling or (especially British) totalled, totalling.
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.
verb (used without object), totaled, totaling or (especially British) totalled, totalling.
to amount (often followed by to).
Origin of total
1350-1400; Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin tōtālis, equivalent to Latin tōt(us) entire + -ālis -al1
Related forms
quasi-total, adjective
quasi-totally, adverb
retotal, verb (used with object), retotaled, retotaling or (especially British) retotalled, retotalling, noun
supertotal, noun
untotaled, adjective
untotalled, adjective
1. complete. 5, 6. gross, totality. 6. See whole. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for totalled
Historical Examples
  • Brigadier (who had totalled the new-comer's checks in one brief glance).

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer
  • The number of teachers employed in them during the year totalled 665.

    Our First Half-Century Government of Queensland
  • Their combined ages might have totalled nine—at a generous guess.

  • At last, when we totalled sixteen, we were led upstairs into the court-room.

    The Road

    Jack London
  • Their united ages would certainly not have totalled forty-five.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • Firmstone silently handed Hartwell the copy of his original letter of advice and the totalled figures of the recent weighing.

    Blue Goose Frank Lewis Nason
  • The figures for the three groups having been totalled separately, those obtained for the "A" group were weighted accordingly.

    Report on the Cost of Living in Ireland Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Afterward I learned they totalled seventy-odd, and that all of them were glad to be connected with the American Escadrille.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell
  • It totalled exactly the excessive amount he'd named as the price of an electronic fish-driving unit, including an underwater horn.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Failure thus becoming evident, the taxes were heavily reduced, until they totalled but ten shillings and sixpence a gallon.

    The Smugglers Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for totalled


the whole, esp regarded as the complete sum of a number of parts
complete; absolute: the evening was a total failure, a total eclipse
(prenominal) being or related to a total: the total number of passengers
verb -tals, -talling, -talled (US) -tals, -taling, -taled
when intr, sometimes foll by to. to amount: to total six pounds
(transitive) to add up: to total a list of prices
(transitive) (slang) to kill or badly injure (someone)
(transitive) (mainly US) to damage (a vehicle) beyond repair
Derived Forms
totally, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tōtālis, from Latin tōtus all
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Word Origin and History for totalled



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for totalled



  1. To destroy; totally wreck, esp a car: It didn't look like much of a wreck, but his car was totaled (1954+)
  2. To maim or kill; grievously injure; waste: Mightn't a tile have fallen off a roof and totaled us by dinnertime? (1895+)

[first sense fr the phrase a total loss, having to do with something insured]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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