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Definition of total adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1being the amount or number after everyone or everything is counted or added together the total profit This brought the total number of accidents so far this year to 113. The club has a total membership of 300.
  2. 2including everything synonym complete The room was in total darkness. They wanted a total ban on handguns. The evening was a total disaster. I can't believe you'd tell a total stranger about it! These comments indicate a total lack of understanding.
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