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What does total mean?
Total describes the wholeness or entirety of something, like the total amount of cake you ate last night. If you ate the total cake, you ate the entire cake (and might have felt sick afterward!).
Total describes the breadth of something either physically or conceptually. For example, your total order describes all the items in your purchase. While if you’re a total success, you are completely successful.
A total is the complete amount or sum. The total on your restaurant bill is the entire amount of money you owe for your meal.
A total can also be the entirety of something. The total of your book collection would be all the books you own, and the total of your sports equipment is all the equipment you own.
Finally, to total is to add up (to total your bill) or to reach an amount, as in The bill totalled up to $56.75.
Example: The total on the bill is higher than I expected because I forgot about sales tax.
Where does total come from?
The first records of the term total come from the 1300s. It comes from the Medieval Latin tōtālis.
Total also has a slang sense, meaning to completely destroy, as in I totaled my car or The building was totaled. When something is totaled, it is completely destroyed or broken down beyond usability. For a total understanding of total, read on!
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What are some other forms related to total?
- quasi-total (adjective)
- retotal (verb)
- totally (adverb)
- untotalled (adjective)
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How is total used in real life?
Total is used in a wide variety of contexts, including as an adjective when discussing the scope of something, a noun when discussing a dollar amount, and a verb when discussing the destruction of something.
I’m in total disbelief right now 💔
— Normani (@Normani) September 7, 2018
When Notre Dame stops paying Charlie Weis after tomorrow, the total bill will come to about $49.5 million. That's for 35 wins.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 31, 2015
Added honey and almond milk. Was a total success. Tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios.
— Glenn Howerton (@GlennHowerton) June 24, 2017
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The number of total hours worked in the two countries has decreased by almost exactly the same amount.Despite wildly different approaches, the US and UK are seeing identical declines in hours worked|Dan Kopf|September 17, 2020|Quartz
Bankruptcy filings for 2020 are clocking in at 424, according to S&P Global, and look on track to upset the total filings in 2010.Sophie Hill on the changing face of retail and surviving 2020|Margaret Trainor|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
Of that total, almost precisely half are projected to have occurred in red states.Trump blames blue states for the coronavirus death toll — but most recent deaths have been in red states|Philip Bump|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
That ended up happening, and 21 total students finished the class in the fourth quarter.When a Calculus Class Abruptly Became Ceramics at Lincoln High|Scott Lewis|September 16, 2020|Voice of San Diego
The landscape is more encouraging internationally, where “Tenet” this weekend added over $30 million, pushing its global total to $207 million.The North American box office isn’t bouncing back that fast|radmarya|September 14, 2020|Fortune
Certainly, she seems to command near-total devotion among her clients.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Total oil production figures include crude oil, natural gas liquids, and other liquid energy products.
Former Gov. Jimmy Carter entered the 1976 Presidential campaign as a more or less total unknown.
He advocates a secular regime with a total separation of religion form the government.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
More than 750 prisoners have been detained in total over the past 13 years, and about 2,100 people work there.
Besides these, twenty thousand Indians are under the care of secular priests—making a total of two hundred and five thousand.
Quantitative estimation of the total sulphates yields little of clinical value.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
The total fresh troops amounted to about 500 men of the 73rd Native Regiment and Spanish cazadores.
Rich natives and Chinese lost large sums of money, the total of which cannot be ascertained.
Almost one-quarter of the total supply printed has been placed in circulation.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips