From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtotalto‧tal1 /ˈtəʊtl $ ˈtoʊ-/ ●●●S1W1 adjective1[usually before noun]COMPLETEcomplete, or as great as is possibletotal failure/disasterThe sales campaign was a total disaster.a total ban on cigarette advertisingHe looked at her with a total lack of comprehension.a sport that demands total commitment2 →total number/amount/cost etc
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total• The unionconvened in 1873 in Cincinnati and quickly grew to encompass one hundred synagogues, half the nationaltotal.• Rollerskis provide an excellenttotal body workout.• The PerformingArts Department's totalbudget for the year was $6.3 million.• The company was in total chaos before Richards arrived.• The totalcost was far higher than we had expected.• But Daedalus wonders what breathablefoam would be like as a totalenvironment.• There is much to be said for moving away from total government ownership.• Students have a freechoicedeciding on five honourssubjects, which are chosen from a totallist of about thirty.• Four sectors lost a total of 5,300 jobs.• People of Chineseorigin made up about 10% of the totalpopulation.• Today the rate of increase in food production has exceeded the rate of increase in the total world population.total failure/disaster• Miss Bingham's first bandsession was rather less than absolutely fabulous; in fact it was a total disaster.• Now she finally had to admit that it had all been a total failure.• The answer may be one or both of these and only a carefulrescuepackage can avert a total disaster.• This work must be well organised and error-free on the night or the result will be total failure.• But they must also provide powerfulfacilities to reduce the proportion of total failures and to aiddemanding and persistentusers.• A small indulgence is viewed as a total failure, and uncontrolledreboundeating follows.• The risk of total failure is, of course, part of the price of love.totaltotal2 ●●●S2W2 noun [countable]1TOTALthe final number or amount of things, people etc when everything has been countedThat’s £7 and £3.50, so the total is £10.50.a total of 20/100 etcA total of thirteen meetings were held to discuss the issue.in totalThere were probably about 40 people there in total.the sum total (=the whole of an amount when everything is considered together)2 →grand totalCOLLOCATIONSverbsmake a total of 100 etcThe £1,750 raised by staff has been matched by the company, making a total of £3,500.bring the total to 100 etcPolice arrested more than 200 protesters yesterday, bringing the total detained to nearly 500.add to a totalHe wants to add to his total of three Olympic gold medals.adjectivesthe final totalMrs Menzies said the final total could be as much as £750.the sum total (=the whole of an amount, when everything is added together)This was the sum total of her grandfather's possessions.a combined/overall total (=the sum of two or more amounts added together)The Jones family has a combined total of 143 years' service with the company.an annual/monthly/weekly/daily totalThe Government plans to increase the annual total of 2,500 adoptions by up to 50%.
totaltotal3 ●●○ verb (totalled, totalling British English, totaled, totaling American English)1[linking verb, transitive]BFTOTAL to reach a particular totalThe group had losses totalling $3 million this year.RegisterTotal is used especially in journalism. In everyday English, people usually say that something makes or adds up to a particular total:Three and six make nine.2[transitive] especially American English informalTTCDAMAGE to damage a car so badly that it cannot be repairedChuck totaled his dad’s new Toyota. →total something ↔ up→ See Verb table
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total• An equivalentdrop today would total 1,800 points.• This means that interest payments on a £50,000 mortgage over the past three years totalled £10,682.76.• The number of people included in the studytotalled 170.• The company was forced to pay fines and penaltiestotalling $24.8.• The quantity of hazardouswastesentout-of-state for treatmenttotals 252,460 metric tons.• Contributionstotaled $28,000.• This is some way short of percentages in recent years like 1990 for example, when the amount totalled 30 percent of sales.• Up to four Xplorer systems, totalling 64 processors, also can be connected.• The truck was totaled, but no one was hurt.• Since then, however, there has been a decline in numbers and in 1981-2 enrolmentstotalled some 5,400.TotalTotal trademarka chain of petrolstations in the UK, owned by the European company TotalFinaElfFrom King Business Dictionarytotalto‧tal1 /ˈtəʊtlˈtoʊ-/ adjective [only before a noun]with everything added togetherThe total cost of the project is put at £450 million.a company with total sales of £12 billion last yearHis total income is around £40,000.totaltotal2 noun [countable]the final number or amount of things when everything has been counted or added togetherWhat does the total come to?We expect to raise a total of £3.6 million.The jobless total is steadily increasing.totaltotal3 verb (totalled, totalling British English, totaled, totaling) American English [transitive]to add up to a particular totalLast year their sales totalled £364 million.The company has debts totaling $7.9 million.In order to receive benefits your savings must total less than £6,000.→ See Verb tableOrigintotal1(1300-1400)Old FrenchMedieval Latintotalis, from Latintotus“whole”