Definition of total adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtəʊtl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊtl//
    [usually before noun]
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  1. 1  being 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. 2  including 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.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin totalis, from totum ‘the whole’, neuter of Latin totus ‘whole, entire’. The verb, at first in the sense ‘add up’, dates from the late 16th cent.Extra examples I always expect total honesty from my employees. She was a total mystery to him despite their long association. Six years of total war had left no citizen untouched. The club has a total membership of about 300. The emperor demanded total submission from his subjects. The evening was a total disaster! The game ended in a total rout. The total profit was more than £500. There was a look of total concentration on her face. They demanded a total ban on handguns. They were to surrender immediately or face total annihilation. a complete/​total surprise/​idiot/​waste of time/​lack of understanding complete/​total agreement/​honesty/​darkness
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