[ toht-l ]
See synonyms for: totaltotaledtotalingtotalled on

  1. constituting or comprising the whole; entire; whole: the total expenditure.

  2. of or relating to the whole of something: the total effect of a play.

  1. complete in extent or degree; absolute; unqualified; utter: a total failure.

  2. involving all aspects, elements, participants, resources, etc.; unqualified; all-out: total war.

  1. the total amount; sum; aggregate: a total of $200.

  2. the whole; an entirety: the impressive total of Mozart's achievement.

verb (used with object),to·taled, to·tal·ing or (especially British) to·talled, to·tal·ling.
  1. to bring to a total; add up.

  2. to reach a total of; amount to.

  1. Slang. to wreck or demolish completely: He totaled his new car in the accident.

verb (used without object),to·taled, to·tal·ing or (especially British) to·talled, to·tal·ling.
  1. to amount (often followed by to).

Origin of total

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English (adjective), from Medieval Latin tōtālis, equivalent to Latin tōt(us) “entire” + -ālis-al1

synonym study For total

6. See whole.

Other words for total

Other words from total

  • quasi-total, adjective
  • qua·si-to·tal·ly, adverb
  • re·to·tal, verb (used with object), re·to·taled, re·to·tal·ing or (especially British) re·to·talled, re·to·tal·ling, noun
  • su·per·to·tal, noun
  • un·to·taled, adjective
  • un·to·talled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use total in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for total


/ (ˈtəʊtəl) /

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

  1. complete; absolute: the evening was a total failure; a total eclipse

  2. (prenominal) being or related to a total: the total number of passengers

verb-tals, -talling or -talled or US -tals, -taling or -taled
  1. (when intr, sometimes foll by to) to amount: to total six pounds

  2. (tr) to add up: to total a list of prices

  1. (tr) slang to kill or badly injure (someone)

  2. (tr) mainly US to damage (a vehicle) beyond repair

Origin of total

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

Derived forms of total

  • totally, adverb

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