# total

There are many meanings of total, but they all have something to do with completeness. A total is a whole or complete amount, and "to total" is to add numbers or to destroy something.

In math, you total numbers by adding them: the result is the total. If you add 8 and 8, the total is 16. If a car is totaled in an accident, it has been completely destroyed. A total defeat is a complete and utter defeat with no chance of recovering. The total resources of a company are all its resources, everything it has.

Definitions of total
1. noun
the whole amount
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type of:
unit, whole
an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
2. noun
a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers
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grand total
the sum of the sums of several groups of numbers
subtotal
the sum of part of a group of numbers
type of:
quantity
the concept that something has a magnitude and can be represented in mathematical expressions by a constant or a variable
constituting the full quantity or extent; complete
“a total failure”
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whole
including all components without exception; being one unit or constituting the full amount or extent or duration; complete
complete in extent or degree and in every particular
“a total eclipse”
“a total disaster”
synonyms: full
complete
having every necessary or normal part or component or step
5. verb
add up in number or quantity
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work out
be calculated
outnumber
be larger in number
average, average out
amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain
make
type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
6. verb
determine the sum of
synonyms:
make an addition by combining numbers
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count, enumerate, number, numerate
determine the number or amount of
7. verb
damage beyond the point of repair
“My son totaled our new car”
“the rock star totals his guitar at every concert”
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damage
inflict damage upon
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