Nearby words

  1. tostada,
  2. tostado,
  3. tostig,
  4. tot,
  5. tot.,
  6. total allergy syndrome,
  7. total aphasia,
  8. total bases,
  9. total body hypothermia,
  10. total communication

Origin of total

1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin tōtālis, equivalent to Latin tōt(us) entire + -ālis -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for total

total

noun

the whole, esp regarded as the complete sum of a number of parts

adjective

complete; absolutethe evening was a total failure; a total eclipse
(prenominal) being or related to a totalthe total number of passengers

verb -tals, -talling or -talled or US -tals, -taling or -taled

(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
Derived Formstotally, adverb

Word Origin for total

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tōtālis, from Latin tōtus all

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Word Origin and History for total
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