total Definition

  • 1the whole amount; the entire quantity or extent
  • 2complete; absolute

Using total: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "total" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The total cost of the project is $10,000.

  • Example

    The company's total revenue for the year was $1 million.

  • Example

    The team scored a total of 20 points in the game.

  • Example

    I spent the total day cleaning the house.

total Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using total

  • altogether; overall


    There were 10 people in the room in total.

  • something that is completely ruined or destroyed


    After the hurricane, the town was a total wreck.

  • something or someone that is completely different from something or someone else


    My sister is the total opposite of me - she loves sports and hates reading.

Phrases with total

  • an eclipse in which the whole of the sun is obscured by the moon


    The next total eclipse will be visible from North America in 2024.

  • a person who is completely unknown to another person


    I felt uncomfortable talking to a total stranger about my personal problems.

  • a person or thing that has all the desirable qualities or features


    He's not just good-looking, he's the total package - smart, funny, and kind.

Origins of total

from Old French 'total', from Medieval Latin 'totalis', from Latin 'totus' meaning 'all'


Summary: total in Brief

The term 'total' [ˈtoʊtl] refers to the whole amount or extent of something, exemplified by 'The total cost of the project is $10,000.' It can also mean complete or absolute, as in 'He's the total package - smart, funny, and kind.' 'Total' extends into phrases like 'in total,' and idioms like 'total wreck,' denoting complete destruction, and 'total opposite,' indicating complete difference.

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