- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for total on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for totaling
There followed two meetings, totaling three hours, with MSNBC in-house lawyers and standards and practices staff.How MSNBC's Steve Kornacki Broke the Latest Christie Scandal
January 21, 2014
A lot has happened along the way, such as twenty-four other Grisham bestsellers, totaling a quarter of a billion books sold.Still Killing Time: John Grisham Talks Broadway and “Sycamore Row”
October 24, 2013
Thus far, I have received payments every month, totaling $1.13 in interest and $2.45 in principal.My Latest Investment: The Sun
June 18, 2013
I'm making graduated payments (currently $1200 per month) on my seven law-school loans (totaling $145,000).How to Save it and Where
February 19, 2013
As of February 15, over 40,000 “Harlem Shake” videos have been uploaded to YouTube, totaling over 175 million views.Meet Baauer, the Man Behind the Harlem Shake
February 18, 2013
She grinned beguilingly at the man who was totaling a long column of figures.Hoofbeats on the Turnpike
Mildred A. Wirt
It is the longest treaty ever drawn, totaling about 80,000 words.
The largest crop to date was produced in 1931 totaling 500 pounds.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
Our losses have been amazingly small, totaling about 111 killed and wounded.
The stomach of one adult contained 14 large grasshoppers and four fish, totaling about 15 cc.The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3
Rollin H. Baker
- 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 totaling
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.