Definition of total in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtəʊt(ə)l



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verb (totals, totalling, totalled; US totals, totaling, totaled)

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  • 1 [with object] Amount in number to: they were left with debts totalling £6,260
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    • It has debts totalling hundreds of billions of dollars and there has been no investment in its infrastructure for more than 20 years.
    • It also warned investors it had been hit by two bad debts totalling some £200,000.
    • At the end of 2001, net debt totaled some $2.60 trillion.
    add up to, amount to, mount up to, come to, run to, make, correspond to, equal, work out as, number; British tot up to
  • 1.1Add up the full number or amount of: the scores were totalled
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    • Overall scores are computed by totaling the number of critical endorsements the respondent has made.
    • Additionally, there was no difference in response rates if the partial and full responses are totaled.
    • Instead of scanning every item individually, an RFID till would simply total up every item in your shopping trolley as it approached.
    add, sum, count, reckon, tot, compute, work out, take stock of
  • 2 [with object] informal , chiefly North American Damage (something, typically a vehicle) beyond repair; wreck: he almost totaled the car
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    • And it appears to have totaled the vehicle, smashed in the back end and broke all the windows.
    • Hull's vehicle was totaled and the train sustained $2,000 damage.
    • For a long time, even after I'd totaled two vehicles in collisions with deer, I continued to hold a similar view.
    wreck, crash, smash, destroy, damage beyond repair, demolish; British write off
    British informal prang
  • 2.1Kill or severely injure (someone): we’d just totaled a couple of teenage boys
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    • ‘Looks like you got totaled by a loser,’ the bartender laughed.
    • When you start incurring damage on your car, the animations of your vehicle losing its parts like doors and hoods (and if you are totaled, bursting into a flaming wreck) are great.


late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin totalis, from totum 'the whole', neuter of Latin totus 'whole, entire'. The verb, at first in the sense 'add up', dates from the late 16th century.

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