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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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Historical Examples
  • The figures of this account were very large, totalling into six figures.

  • Loan outlay also showed an increase, totalling nearly 300,000.

    Our First Half-Century Government of Queensland
  • The fleet in port numbered 92 vessels, totalling 9252 tons, exclusive of H.M.Ss.

  • "There are fifty packets of hundred-dollar bills, totalling a million dollars," Robert said.

    Lease to Doomsday Lee Archer
  • We would get answer, Sunday; because all our days have been longer, totalling one day in the circuit of the globe.

  • Marriages are contracted at very early ages, sometimes the bride's and groom's years totalling a good deal under thirty.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • The majority of these men received from two to three months' pay, totalling in many cases $100 or more.

  • Since this was written ten million more copies have been sold to December, 1919, totalling over Twenty Millions.

    The Sweep Winner Nat Gould
  • Luckily in this show our casualties were light, totalling a loss of about 40 other ranks, very few being killed.

British Dictionary definitions for totalling


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 totalling



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 totalling



  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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