total

total
to|tal1 W1S1 [ˈtəutl US ˈtou-] adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Medieval Latin totalis, from Latin totus 'whole']
1.) [usually before noun]
complete, or as great as is possible
total failure/disaster
The sales campaign was a total disaster.
a total ban on cigarette advertising
He looked at her with a total lack of comprehension.
a sport that demands total commitment
2.) total number/amount/cost etc
the number, amount etc that is the total
total sales of 200,000 per year
Her total income was £10,000 a year.
total 2
total2 W2S2 n
1.) the final number or amount of things, people etc when everything has been counted
That's £7 and £3.50, so the total is £10.50.
a total of 20/100 etc
A total of thirteen meetings were held to discuss the issue.
in total
There were probably about 40 people there in total.
the sum total
(=the whole of an amount when everything is considered together)
2.) grand total
a) the final total, including all the totals added together
→↑subtotal
b) used humorously when you think the final total is small
I earned a grand total of $4.15.
total 3
total3 v past tense and past participle totalled present participle totalling BrE past tense and past participle totaled present participle totaling AmE
1.) [linking verb, T]
to reach a particular total
The group had losses totalling $3 million this year.
2.) [T] informal especially AmE to damage a car so badly that it cannot be repaired
Chuck totaled his dad's new Toyota.
total up [total sth<=>up] phr v
to find the total number or total amount of something by adding
At the end of the game, total up everyone's score to see who has won.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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