total Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “total” in the English Dictionary

"total" in British English

See all translations

totalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈtəʊ.təl/  us   /ˈtoʊ.t̬əl/
B1 the ​amount you get when several ​smalleramounts are ​added together: At that ​time of ​day, ​cars with only one ​occupantaccounted for ​almost 80 ​percent of the total. A total of 21 ​horses were ​entered in the ​race. We made $1,000 in total, over three ​days of ​trading.
More examples

totaladjective

uk   /ˈtəʊ.təl/  us   /ˈtoʊ.t̬əl/

total adjective (AMOUNT)

B1 [before noun] including everything: the total ​cost Total ​losses were $800.
More examples

total adjective (VERY GREAT)

B2 very ​great or of the ​largestdegreepossible: total ​secrecy a total ​disregard for ​theirfeelings total ​silence The ​organization of the ​event was a total ​shambles (= very ​bad). The ​collapse, when it came, was total.
More examples

totalverb [L only + noun, T]

uk   /ˈtəʊ.təl/  us   /ˈtoʊ.t̬əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
C1 to have as a ​completeamount, or to ​calculate this: This is the eighth ​volume in the ​series, which totals 21 ​volumes in all. We totalled (up) the ​money we had each ​earned, and then ​shared it ​equally between the three of us.
More examples
(Definition of total from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"total" in American English

See all translations

totalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtoʊ·t̬əl/

total noun [C] (AMOUNT)

the ​wholeamount: Add these up and give me the total. We ​paid a total of $473.in total In total ​meansincluding everything ​added together: Last ​week 45 ​people in total came to the ​seniorcenter.

totaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈtoʊ·t̬əl/

total adjective [not gradable] (COMPLETE)

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

total adjective [not gradable] (INCLUDING AMOUNT)

including the ​wholeamount: Total ​grainexports have ​increased.

totalverb [T]

 us   /ˈtoʊ·t̬əl/

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 ​wholeamount, or to ​calculate this: This ​historyseries totals twelve ​volumes in all.
(Definition of total from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"total" in Business English

See all translations

totalnoun

uk   us   /ˈtəʊtəl/
the ​amount or ​number that you get when several ​smalleramounts are ​added together: a total of $20/£1,000/€3m, etc. We ​calculated all ​costs to the ​company and came to a total of $5,500. We ​employ 534 ​staff in total. We have a large ​workforce with women ​representing 30% of the total.

totaladjective

uk   us   /ˈtəʊtəl/
[before noun] including everything in a ​calculation or every ​person in a ​group: total cost/expense These ​figures show the total ​cost of the ​projectincludingstaffsalaries.total gains/losses Can you give us an ​idea of our total ​losses? The UK All Companies ​performancecategoryaveraged an 18.1% total ​return over the ​year. Women ​represent a very ​smallpercentage of our total ​workforce.
complete or very great: The ​project was a total ​disaster. The ​audience listened in total silence.

totalverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈtəʊtəl/
( UK -ll, US -l-) to ​add up to a particular ​amount: The ​annualsalarybill totals more than $3 million. They ​incurredlosses totalling over $2 million.
(also total up) to ​add up ​amounts to get a ​finalnumber: All ​costs have been totaled at the ​bottom of the ​column. When they totalled up their ​losses, they ​realised they could not continue in ​business.
informal to destroy a ​car in an accident: They will ​pay the ​fullcost to ​buy a new ​car if you total your ​car within the first ​year.
(Definition of total from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “total”
in Korean 총, 전체의…
in Arabic إجْمالي, كامِل, كُلّي…
in Malaysian jumlah…
in French total, complet…
in Russian суммарный, абсолютный, полный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 總額, 總數…
in Italian totale…
in Turkish toplam, tam, tamam…
in Polish całkowity, zupełny…
in Spanish total…
in Vietnamese tổng số…
in Portuguese total…
in Thai โดยสมบูรณ์…
in German Gesamt-…, völlig…
in Catalan total, global, absolut…
in Japanese 全部の, 合計の, まったくの…
in Chinese (Simplified) 总额, 总数…
in Indonesian keseluruhan…
What is the pronunciation of total?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“total” in Business English

Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More