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Meaning of total

to•tal

Pronunciation: (tōt'l), [key]
— adj., n., v., -taled, -tal•ing -talled, -tal•ling.
—adj.
  1. constituting or comprising the whole; entire; whole: the total expenditure.
  2. of or pertaining to the whole of something: the total effect of a play.
  3. complete in extent or degree; absolute; unqualified; utter: a total failure.
  4. involving all aspects, elements, participants, resources, etc.; unqualified; all-out: total war.
—n.
  1. the total amount; sum; aggregate: a total of $200.
  2. the whole; an entirety: the impressive total of Mozart's achievement.
—v.t.
  1. to bring to a total; add up.
  2. to reach a total of; amount to.
  3. . to wreck or demolish completely: He totaled his new car in the accident.
—v.i.
  1. to amount (often fol. by to).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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