Meaning of “sum total” in the English Dictionary

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"sum total" in British English

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sum totalnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌsʌm ˈtəʊ.təl/ us /ˌsʌm ˈtoʊ.t̬əl/

The sum total of something is the whole of it, or everything:

It's the sum total of what you eat over a long period that matters and not what you consume in a day.

(Definition of “sum total” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sum total" in American English

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sum totalnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsʌm toʊ·təl/

the whole amount:

That’s the sum total of our knowledge about this.

(Definition of “sum total” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sum total" in Business English

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sum totalnoun [ S ]

uk us

the whole of something after all the different features or parts that it consists of are taken into account:

the sum total of sth GDP can be defined as the sum total of the goods and services produced nationally.

a total number or amount that is calculated by adding together all the numbers or amounts that it consists of:

the sum total of sth Yesterday, the sum total of 545 million shares changed hands on the main British market.

(Definition of “sum total” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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