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total

noun [C]  /ˈtoʊ·t̬əl/ us  

total noun [C] (AMOUNT)

the whole amount: Add these up and give me the total. We paid a total of $473. in total In total means including everything added together: Last week 45 people in total came to the senior center.

total

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈtoʊ·t̬əl/ us  

total adjective [not gradable] (COMPLETE)

complete or extreme: Negotiations had to be held in total secrecy.

total adjective [not gradable] (INCLUDING AMOUNT)

including the whole amount: Total grain exports have increased.

total

verb [T]  /ˈtoʊ·t̬əl/ us  

total verb [T] (DESTROY)

to destroy something completely: She didn’t total the car, but she did a lot of damage.

total verb [T] (HAVE AS AMOUNT)

(-l-, -ll-) to have as a whole amount, or to calculate this: This history series totals twelve volumes in all.
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